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Russell Martin | Catcher

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Russell Martin hit a dramatic go-ahead three-run homer in a 4-2 win over the Brewers on Friday night.
After Yovani Gallardo pitched seven scoreless innings, Martin put the Pirates in front in the eighth inning against Jonathan Broxton and sent PNC Park into pandemonium. The veteran backstop has had a fantastic under-the-radar year, batting .296/.408/441 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI while throwing out 39 percent of attempted basestealers. He's a big reason why the Pirates are currently on track for their second straight postseason appearance. Look for him to land a nice contract in free agency this winter. Sep 19 - 10:46 PM

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Russell Martin extended his hitting streak to eight games, slugging a two-run home run in the second inning of Tuesday's win against the Red Sox.

Martin, who finished 1-for-4, took Anthony Ranaudo out to right-center for a two-run home run in the second inning, putting the Buccos up 2-0 at the time. It's the catcher's 10th long ball of the season, and he now owns a .294/.408/.434 with 63 RBI. Martin should wind up with a few back-end NL MVP votes after the season.
Sep 16 - 10:39 PM

Russell Martin knocked in three runs for the Pirates as they handed the Phillies a loss on Wednesday.

Martin singled in a pair in the first inning against a laboring Jerome Williams. The catcher then slugged a solo home run to break a 3-3 tie in the fifth inning. Martin, who is a free agent after the season, could soon cash in on his strong season, as he has swatted nine home runs and knocked in 57 runs along with a .291/.409/.421 slash line.
Sep 10 - 10:26 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-4 with a double in a win over the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Martin had three of the Pirates' nine hits on the evening. The multi-hit game raised his line to an impressive .292/.413/.414 on the year.
Aug 26 - 10:10 PM

Russell Martin had three hits, including an RBI single and a solo home run, as the Pirates routed the Cardinals on Thursday.

Martin bookended the Pirates' nine-run outburst against the Cardinals, starting the scoring in the first inning with a single and ending it with a solo home run in the ninth inning. The 31-year-old catcher is having the best offensive season of his career, slashing .282/.413/.409 with five home runs and 28 RBI.
Jul 10 - 10:35 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Pirates starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Phillies.

It's merely a routine day off for the veteran backstop being an afternoon game after a night game. Chris Stewart will get the start behind the dish and hit eighth for the Pirates.
Jul 5 - 12:21 PM

Russell Martin singled in one of his three at-bats in his return to action Tuesday.

Martin missed Sunday's contest with general soreness, but he should be fine going forward. The catcher is batting .266/.406/.383 for the Bucs this season.
Jul 2 - 4:51 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said that Russell Martin is not in Sunday's lineup due to "soreness."

Huntington didn't reveal where exactly Martin is sore, so it sounds like general fatigue. He should be ready to go after Monday's off day. Chris Stewart is behind the dish Sunday.
Jun 29 - 1:40 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's win over the Rays.

Martin hit what turned out to be a very crucial home run in the eighth inning off of Brad Boxberger. It put the Pirates on top 6-1 at the time, but they would narrowly escape with a 6-5 victory. Martin now has four homers, 23 RBI, and a .271/.415/.400 slash line on the season.
Jun 24 - 11:02 PM

Russell Martin will bat cleanup against the Cubs on Saturday.

Martin hasn't done much against lefties over the past two years, but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle will give him a try there with Travis Wood on the hill for Chicago. This will be his first time in the cleanup spot since last August 23.
Jun 21 - 4:04 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI, and a stolen base in Thursday's 4-0 win over the Cubs.

Martin doubled in a run in the fourth inning, then stole third base in a double steal along with Pedro Alvarez, but both were stranded. The catcher has hit well since coming off of the disabled list on May 23. Despite a relative lack of power, he is thus far having the best offensive showing of his career, slashing .279/.413/.414 on the season.
Jun 12 - 11:50 PM

Russell Martin was ejected from Sunday's game against the Brewers in the eighth inning for arguing balls and strikes

Martin took exception to a close pitch that he was punched out on to end the eighth inning. Pirates manager Clint Hurdle came out in support of his catcher and also got the gate, the second time he's been run this season.
Jun 8 - 4:27 PM

Russell Martin went 3-for-3 and drove home four runs, leading the Pirates to a 15-3 rout over the Brewers on Friday.

Martin also drew a walk and scored three times in the game. He's been a plus offensively thus far, slashing .263/.398/.400 with three homers and 17 RBI in his first 95 at-bats.
Jun 6 - 10:32 PM

Pirates activated C Russell Martin from the 15-day disabled list.

Martin missed four weeks with a severe left hamstring strain. He did not play in a single minor league rehab game but had been catching simulated innings and taking batting practice with his Pirates teammates. The veteran catcher is hitting .242/.342/.355 with two home runs and 11 RBI in 16 games this season. Martin is suspended for Thursday's game (due to last month's brawl with the Brewers) but should return to action on Friday.
May 22 - 3:33 PM

Russell Martin (hamstring) might not need a minor league rehab assignment.

Martin has been taking swings and catching simulated games, and the Pirates could deem that a suitable tune-up for the veteran catcher. "He’s expressed the feeling that he’s good to go," manager Clint Hurdle told reporters on Wednesday. Martin has been on the disabled list since April 26 with a strained left hamstring.
May 21 - 5:54 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Chris Stewart
3Tony Sanchez
1B1Pedro Alvarez
2Ike Davis
3Gaby Sanchez
2B1Neil Walker
2Chase d'Arnaud
SS1Jordy Mercer
2Clint Barmes
3B1Josh Harrison
2Brent Morel
LF1Starling Marte
2Jose Tabata
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Travis Snider
2Jose Tabata
3Andrew Lambo
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Francisco Liriano
2Gerrit Cole
3Charlie Morton
4Edinson Volquez
5Jeff Locke
6Vance Worley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Justin Wilson
4Jared Hughes
5John Axford
6Jeanmar Gomez
7Brandon Cumpton
8Stolmy Pimentel
9Casey Sadler
10Bobby LaFromboise
11John Holdzkom