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Russell Martin | Catcher | #55

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 2/15/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'10" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Chipola (FL) JC
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 17 (0) / LA
Contract: view contract details

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Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.
It's nothing more than a routine day of rest for the veteran backstop. Josh Thole will get the call behind the dish and bat ninth for the Jays against Ervin Santana and the Twins on Saturday. Aug 27 - 11:07 AM

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Russell Martin went 2-for-5 with a homer and five RBI in Friday’s 15-8 victory over the Twins.

Martin cleared the bases with a double to left-center field in the sixth inning, but he didn’t stop there. He slugged a two-run homer one inning later, which served as the exclamation point on a five-run frame for Toronto. After hitting eight homers through his first 95 games this season, Martin has seven homers in his last 11 games.
Aug 26 - 11:18 PM

Russell Martin went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Friday’s loss to the Indians.

His first-inning blast off Trevor Bauer was the only offense of the night for the Blue Jays. It was almost enough for the victory before the Indians came back to win in the ninth. Martin now has five homers in his last five games. He’s batting .244/.342/.402 with 13 homers and 50 RBI on the year.
Aug 19 - 9:54 PM

Russell Martin ripped a pair of home runs and drove in three runs in the Blue Jays' comeback victory over the Yankees on Tuesday.

The Blue Jays tallied four hits and zero runs over five innings against Michael Pineda before a 44-minute rain delay. They then outscored the Yanks 12-0 the rest of the way after Pineda was pulled, with Martin going deep twice and Troy Tulowitzki and Edwin Encarnacion each homering once. Martin now has four home runs over his last three games, pushing his total for the season to 12.
Aug 16 - 11:56 PM

Russell Martin clubbed a three-run homer in the sixth inning on Saturday, powering the Blue Jays to a 4-2 victory over the Astros.

The Jays had trailed 2-1 at the time before Martin victimized James Hoyt with the game-changing blast. He finished the afternoon 1-for-2 plus a walk and is now hitting .228/.332/.354 with nine long balls and 43 RBI on the season.
Aug 13 - 4:06 PM

Russell Martin smacked a game-tying solo homer in the ninth inning of Monday's extra-innings loss to the Astros.

The Blue Jays were held off the scoreboard until Martin led off the ninth with a dinger off of closer Will Harris. It was his only hit in six trips to the plate, as the Jays managed just six hits and one run over 14 innings. Martin has eight homers on the season.
Aug 2 - 12:22 AM

Russell Martin (knee) is back in the Blue Jays' lineup Monday versus the Padres.

He will start at catcher and bat sixth after missing the Blue Jays' entire weekend series against the Mariners because of a minor knee injury. Martin is slashing .228/.317/.338 with seven home runs and 36 RBI in 81 games this season for Toronto.
Jul 25 - 3:35 PM

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that Russell Martin (knee) is feeling much better.

Martin sat out Friday's game due to a minor knee injury. He's out again on Saturday, but that's a product of knuckleballer R.A. Dickey being on the hill for the Jays. Look for Martin to be back behind the dish for Sunday's series finale against the Mariners.
Jul 23 - 10:51 AM

Russell Martin is not in Friday's lineup due to a minor knee injury.

He's sit out Saturday, as well, although that was already going to happen with R.A. Dickey starting. Martin hurt his knee when he got lightheaded in a sauna and slipped and fell. Really. Josh Thole will catch Friday and Saturday.
Jul 22 - 4:35 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Saturday against the Athletics.

As always, Josh Thole will catch for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Martin went 1-for-5 last night in his first game of the second half. He's only hitting .227 this year and has been a difficult player to trust in fantasy.
Jul 16 - 1:38 PM

Russell Martin is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Tuesday against the Royals.

Josh Thole always catches for R.A. Dickey so this shouldn't come as a surprise. Martin is having a tough year for the Jays. So far he's batting just .222 with 79 strikeouts in 230 at-bats.
Jul 5 - 4:02 PM

Russell Martin was a monster in Sunday's 17-1 win over the Indians, launching a three-run homer and finishing out with five RBI.

Martin took Indians ace Corey Kluber deep for a three-run homer in the first inning and would go on to secure a pair of RBI singles in the sixth and eighth innings. The veteran backstop led the Jays with his five RBI, but this was an all-inclusive party -- Troy Tulowitzki drove in four on the afternoon, Edwin Encarnacion three. The boys from Toronto finished with a silly 18 hits as a team. For his part, Martin is slashing .225/.313/.339 with seven homers and 34 RBI across 226 at-bats. He has picked up eight hits over his last five games.
Jul 3 - 4:32 PM

Russell Martin is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Rockies.

Not a surprise after how Tuesday's game played out. Josh Thole will start behind the plate and catch Aaron Sanchez.
Jun 29 - 1:48 PM

Russell Martin went 1-for-3 with a three-run home run in Wednesday's 5-2 win over the Diamondbacks.

Martin struck early, smashing his three-run homer off Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray in the first inning. He would not find another hit on the afternoon. For the season, the veteran backstop owns a .218/.304/.335 triple-slash with six homers and 28 RBI over 197 at-bats. Martin's season has been a disappointment to date, especially given that he launched a career-high 23 home runs in 2015.
Jun 22 - 7:45 PM

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

It's nothing more than a regular day off with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the hill. Josh Thole gets the call in his place and will bat ninth against Yovani Gallardo and the Orioles.
Jun 18 - 12:44 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd