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Russell Martin | Catcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' starting lineup Thursday evening against the Angels.
Josh Thole will catch Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and bat sixth. It's just a day off for Martin, who's batting .297/.383/.555 with seven home runs and 23 RBI. May 21 - 3:38 PM

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Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a double in Sunday's loss to the Astros.

Martin had Colin McHugh's number in the contest, which is impressive considering McHugh's nine strikeouts. The double was Martin's ninth of the season. He's been everything the Blue Jays could have wanted from an off-season acquisition, hitting .284/.375/.560 with seven homers, 21 RBI and 23 runs scored. Catchers tend to wear out through the long season, so those numbers might take a dip as we go, but Martin's been one of the top fantasy players at his position to this point.
May 17 - 4:42 PM

Russell Martin is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Astros.

No word on the reason for his absence, but he could just be getting a breather. Josh Thole will catch Drew Hutchison.
May 14 - 5:26 PM

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

Josh Thole will catch R.A. Dickey as he always does when up with the big club. Martin has been red-hot of late to push his season batting line up to .293/.396/.609 with seven homers.
May 10 - 11:04 AM

Russell Martin homered in a fourth straight start Wednesday as the Blue Jays beat the Yankees 5-1.

Martin finished up 3-for-4. He spent almost the entirety of April below the Mendoza Line, but he's gone 12-for-19 over the last five days to raise his average from .185 to .284.
May 6 - 10:09 PM

Russell Martin doubled twice and hit a solo home run in four at-bats, but the Blue Jays lost to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Martin doubled twice with two outs and the Blue Jays weren't able to bring him home. In the ninth, the Jays mounted a rally, which started with Martin's solo home run off of David Carpenter, but it wasn't enough. He's been on a home run surge as of late, homering in three of his last four games. Martin owns six homers in total along with 17 RBI and a .263/.388/.575 triple-slash line.
May 5 - 10:37 PM

Russell Martin's eighth-inning, pinch-hit infield single broke a tie and sent the Blue Jays to a win over the Yankees on Monday.

The Jays had just tied the game at 1-1 on Edwin Encarnacion's RBI double. Martin, pinch-hitting with two outs, reached on an infield single to bring in the go-ahead run. Thanks to a throwing error by Chase Headley, Martin came all the way around to score, providing an insurance run. Martin now has 16 RBI along with five home runs and a .237/.372/.500 battling line.
May 4 - 9:43 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a solo home run as the Blue Jays lost to the Indians on Sunday.

With the Blue Jays down four runs in the top of the ninth, Martin hit a solo home run off of Cody Allen, but it didn't matter much. It's the fifth of the year for the catcher. He has done his part at the plate, batting .227/.366/.493 with 15 RBI.
May 3 - 4:33 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-5 with a home run Saturday in the Blue Jays' 11-4 rout of the Indians.

Martin slugged a solo shot off 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner in the top of the fourth inning, singled in the top of the sixth, and then doubled and scored his second run of the game in the ninth. The 32-year-old catcher got off to a sluggish start with his new team, but he now boasts an .821 OPS with four home runs, 14 RBI, and 15 runs scored in 22 games.
May 2 - 7:56 PM

Russell Martin reached three times and doubled in a run as the Blue Jays topped the Indians 5-1 on Thursday.

Martin is hitting more like the No. 2 hitter the Jays wanted him to be... the one they gave up on within a week. His average is still just .197, but he's collected hits in his last seven starts and he's up to 15 walks in 61 at-bats for the year.
Apr 30 - 10:25 PM

Russell Martin hit a go-ahead home run in the seventh inning on Saturday, but it was not enough to secure the win against the Rays.

Martin's solo home run off of Steve Geltz in the seventh inning temporarily gave the Blue Jays a 2-1 lead, but the bullpen was unable to hold it and the Jays eventually lost 4-2. The home run was Martin's third of the season. He also has 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. Over his last 24 at-bats, Martin's hitting .291 and, despite some early struggles, it appears that he's starting to settle in with his new team.
Apr 25 - 9:15 PM

Russell Martin knocked in the Blue Jays' only two runs with a double in Sunday's loss to the Braves.

Martin plated a pair of runs in the sixth inning to bring the Jays back to within 5-2, but they weren't generating much offense otherwise. Martin, who went 1-for-4 on Sunday, started the season with one hit in 32 plate appearances over his first eight games, but has four hits -- three of which have gone for extra bases -- in 12 plate appearances in his last three games.
Apr 19 - 3:51 PM

Russell Martin muscled up on his first two home runs of the 2015 season on Friday, but that wasn't enough for the Jays to overcome the Braves.

The veteran backstop tagged Julio Teheran for a solo shot in the second inning then replicated the feat off Jim Johnson in the eighth. He finished the evening 2-for-3 plus a walk, raising his season slash to a still brutal .111/.306/.333. Hopefully this offensive explosion will get him going.
Apr 17 - 10:27 PM

Russell Martin has one hit and 10 strikeouts in his first 28 plate appearances with the Blue Jays.

It's been a rough start for the 32-year-old catcher, who signed a five-year, $82 million free agent contract with Toronto in the offseason after batting .290/.402/.430 last summer for the Pirates. Martin has been very up and down at the plate throughout his career. Maybe this will be one of those down years, or maybe it's way too early to be closely examining any player's production.
Apr 16 - 9:01 AM

Russell Martin is batting second for the Blue Jays on Opening Day at Yankee Stadium.

It's a nice use of his on-base ability. The full lineup for the visiting Jays: Jose Reyes SS, Russell Martin C, Jose Bautista RF, Edwin Encarnacion 1B, Josh Donaldson 3B, Dioner Navarro DH, Dalton Pompey CF, Kevin Pillar LF, Devon Travis 2B. Drew Hutchison will take the hill.
Apr 6 - 10:12 AM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
R1Brett Cecil
2Aaron Loup
3Roberto Osuna
4Steve Delabar
5Liam Hendriks
6Ryan Tepera
7Todd Redmond
8Scott Copeland