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Russell Martin | Catcher | #55

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / LA
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Russell Martin is starting at catcher and batting seventh for the Blue Jays in Game 6 of the ALCS on Friday.
Dioner Navarro caught Marco Estrada in Game 5 as he usually does, but Martin is back in there with David Price on the hill. The full Jays' lineup is as follows: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Tulowitzki SS, Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B. Fri, Oct 23, 2015 04:03:00 PM

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Russell Martin is back behind the dish for Game 2 of the ALCS on Saturday.

Martin sat out Game 1 in favor of Dioner Navarro, who has built a rapport with Marco Estrada. Here's how the Jays will line up for Game 2 on Saturday: Ben Revere LF, Josh Donaldson 3B, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion DH, Chris Colabello 1B, Troy Tulowitzki SS, Russell Martin C, Kevin Pillar CF, Ryan Goins 2B.
Sat, Oct 17, 2015 01:21:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS against the Royals on Friday.

Dioner Navarro has blossomed into the personal catcher for Game 1 starter Marco Estrada, so Martin will be an option off the bench in this one. He'll be back behind the dish for Game 2.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 07:57:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup for Sunday's Game 3 of the ALDS against the Rangers.

In a potential do-or-die situation for the Blue Jays, they'll roll with Dioner Navarro behind the dish due to his familiarity and comfort-level with starting pitcher Marco Estrada. Expect to see Martin off the bench at some point in the contest.
Sun, Oct 11, 2015 05:06:00 PM

Russell Martin had a big game in Friday's win over the Rays, finishing 3-for-5 with a two-run homer and two runs scored.

Martin's two-run homer in the seventh inning made the score 8-4 and represented the last runs that either team would put on the board. The veteran catcher has been a key addition to the Blue Jays' 2015 campaign, hitting .241/.329/.460 with 23 homers and 77 RBI. The 23 long balls represent a career high for Martin.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 10:46:00 PM

Russell Martin was involved in all four runs in Wednesday's win over the Yankees, finishing 1-for-3 with a walk and a homer.

Martin scored the first run of the game in the sixth inning on Kevin Pillar's single, then made it a 4-0 game in the seventh when he blasted a three-run home run off of Andrew Bailey. It's the last time the two teams will face each other in the regular season. Martin is hitting .239/.326/.450 with 21 home runs and 72 RBI on the year.
Wed, Sep 23, 2015 10:17:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.

He'll take a seat against right-hander Luis Severino. Dioner Navarro will start behind the plate and catch Marco Estrada.
Tue, Sep 22, 2015 03:32:00 PM

Russell Martin is absent from the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a simple day of rest. Dioner Navarro is catching in Martin's place.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 10:05:00 AM

Russell Martin is not in Thursday's lineup against the Braves.

He's just getting a day of rest. Dioner Navarro will start behind the plate and bat fifth.
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 05:32:00 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a two-run double and a two-run double as the Blue Jays skated to win against the Braves on Wednesday.

Martin drove in the middle two runs in the Jays' four-run first inning with a double, then capped off the game with a two-run homer in the ninth to make it 9-1. The catcher has been relatively quiet in the second half but has 11 RBI over his last five games. Overall, Martin is hitting .241/.328/.450 with 20 home runs and 68 RBI.
Wed, Sep 16, 2015 10:47:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

Josh Thole is catching R.A. Dickey as usual. Martin will be available to pinch-hit.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

Martin caught Friday night's game and is likely to work behind the dish in the second game of Saturday's twin bill, so he'll catch a breather in the first game. Dioner Navarro will start behind the dish for the Jays and bat seventh on Saturday.
Sat, Sep 12, 2015 10:38:00 AM

Russell Martin had a monster day at the plate Friday against his former team, going 3-for-5 with two home runs and four RBI as part of an 11-5 win over the Yankees.

The Blue Jays had five home runs in all on the night. Martin came into Friday's action hitless over his last four games and has mostly been ice cold dating back to the start of August. A strong finish would be welcomed by fantasy owners.
Fri, Sep 11, 2015 11:55:00 PM

Russell Martin went 0-for-3 on Wednesday and is hitting .136 in 81 at-bats since the beginning of August.

Martin's overall average is down to .237, but that's probably right about what the Blue Jays were expecting when they gave him the big contract. With the defense, power and walks, he's still a strong regular as a .230 hitter.
Wed, Sep 9, 2015 11:40:00 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

It's a routine day of rest. Dioner Navarro is catching in Martin's place.
Sun, Sep 6, 2015 10:31:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2Chris Colabello
3Casey Kotchman
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Jiovanni Mier
3B1Josh Donaldson
LF1Michael Saunders
2Dalton Pompey
3Darrell Ceciliani
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
2Junior Lake
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marcus Stroman
2Marco Estrada
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Jesse Chavez
6Drew Hutchison
7Aaron Sanchez
8Roberto Hernandez
9Scott Copeland
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Drew Storen
3Brett Cecil
4Aaron Loup
5Bo Schultz
6Ryan Tepera
7Pat Venditte
8Steve Delabar
9Chad Jenkins
10Blake McFarland
11Brady Dragmire
12Joe Biagini
13Arnold Leon
14Pat McCoy