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2014 Avg.
.297
 
Career Avg.
.259
Name  Russell Martin
Born  2/15/1983
Height  5-10
Weight  230
Number  55
Position  C
Bats  R
Throws  R
Hot9/19/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to rally the Pirates over the Brewers, 4-2, on Friday.
Insight: Brewers starter Yovani Gallardo held the Pirates scoreless for seven innings and gave way to relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton. Left fielder Starling Marte and pinch runner Chase d'Arnaud scored on Martin's homer to right center field. Pittsburgh added an insurance run later in the inning. The pending free agent is hitting .296 with 11 home runs and 66 RBI this season.
 
Hot9/16/2014 10:55:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin hit a two-run home run as Pittsburgh shutout Boston, 4-0.
Insight: The homer was Martin's 10th of the year and came in the second inning as the first runs of the game. The catcher finished the game 1-for-4. Martin is batting .294 with 63 RBI to go with his 10 homers.
 
Hot9/14/2014 9:57:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin went 2-for-3 with a bases clearing double in the eighth on Saturday, but the Pirates still lost to the Cubs, 6-4.
Insight: Martin drove in Josh Harrison, Jordy Mercer and Neil Walker with his double to left field. At the time, the Pirates trailed 6-0. Martin has been awesome for Pittsburgh this year, hitting .294 with nine home runs and 61 RBI in 343 at-bats. The catcher looks poised to test free agency this winter.
 
Hot9/12/2014 6:08:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup on Friday against the Cubs.
Insight: Martin is having a tremendous season both offensively and defensively. Friday is just a normal day of rest for the catcher. Chris Stewart will start behind the plate on Friday.
 
Hot9/9/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI against the Phillies on Tuesday.
Insight: Martin did get thrown out trying to extend a single into a double in the second inning and failed to throw out two base stealers, but for fantasy purposes, he had a good game. Martin would have likely scored in the second as well, and the Pirates lost by one. Martin is 5-for-13 (.385) in his last three games.
 
Hot9/3/2014 9:51:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a career .258 hitter, but a .385 hitter (5-for-13) against Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: Batting in the heart of the Pirates lineup, mostly fifth, has been good for Martin, who is hitting .324 over the past four weeks, including a home run Tuesday night and .292 for the season. Start him.
 
Hot8/29/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a career .258 hitter, but a .370 hitter against Reds starter Mike Leake.
Insight: Batting in the heart of the Pirates lineup, mostly fifth, has been good for Martin, who is hitting .347 over the past four weeks and .295 for the season. Start him.
 
8/19/2014 10:40:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is a career .462 hitter against Braves starter Aaron Harang.
Insight: Martin has hits in 13 of his last 15 games. He is batting .282 with 18 extra-base hits, 48 RBI and a .798 OPS this season.
 
Hot8/14/2014 12:55:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Thurday's starting lineup. Chris Stewart will get the start.
Insight: Martin, on an 11-game hitting streak, is having a solid season, batting .288 with 47 RBI and a .813 OPS. The OPS is his highest since 2007.
 
8/5/2014 4:47:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Tuesday's starting lineup. Chris Stewart will get the start.
Insight: Martin is having a solid season, batting .281 with 41 RBI and a .792 OPS. The OPS is his highest since 2007.
 
7/10/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is 4-for-11 with a pair of home runs and a 1.462 OPS versus Cardinals right-hander Shelby Miller.
Insight: Martin is batting .323 over the past two weeks and Miller has yielded 16 earned runs in his last four starts (19 2/3 IP) so may be primed for a big game.
 
7/5/2014 1:07:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Saturday's starting lineup.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game off for Martin. Chris Stewart will be behind the plate, but has little fantasy value.
 
6/19/2014 11:09:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Thursday's starting lineup.
Insight: Normal day game after a night game off for Martin. Chris Stewart will be behind the plate, but has little fantasy value (.266, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .624 OPS).
 
6/9/2014 2:56:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin is not in Monday's starting lineup.
Insight: Martin caught the entire series over the weekend, going 4-for-8 with four RBI, but its an unfavorable matchup on Monday against Edwin Jackson (3-for-19) so he'll take a seat. Chris Stewart will make the start, but has little to offer fantasy owners.
 
6/8/2014 6:02:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin was thrown out for arguing balls and strikes Sunday against Milwaukee. SOURCE: Rob Biertempfel, Pittsbugh Tribune
Insight: He was tossed after striking out to end the eighth. Chris Stewart (.250, 0 HR, 0 RBI) came in to catch the final inning. Martin has already been suspended once this year but we doubt Sunday's incident will lead to further punishment.
 
6/6/2014 10:21:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin had quite a game Friday versus Milwaukee.
Insight: Martin finished the night with three hits, one walk and four RBI. He raised his batting average 24 points in the process. Martin (.263, 3 HR, 17 RBI) has been in and out of the lineup recently but when he does get the nod at catcher, fantasy owners should pay attention.
 
6/4/2014 4:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin will take a breather Wednesday against San Diego. SOURCE: Pirates on Twitter
Insight: Martin (.242, 3 HR, 13 RBI) has been resting about once every three or four days. Chris Stewart (.264, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will take over behind the plate.
 
5/31/2014 3:58:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin is getting the night off Saturday against the Dodgers.
Insight: Martin (.259, 3 HR, 13 RBI) hasn't played more than two games in a row since returning from a hamstring injury earlier this month. Another former Yankee, Chris Stewart, will get the start at catcher.
 
5/25/2014 11:06:00 AM
Description: Pirates catcher Russell Martin will take a seat Sunday against Washington. SOURCE: Pirates on Twitter
Insight: Martin played Friday and Saturday so he'll get a rest on Sunday. Chris Stewart (.262, 0 HR, 3 RBI) will do the catching.
 
5/23/2014 3:30:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh catcher Russell Martin, activated from the 15-day DL on Thursday, will start Friday night's game against Washington.
Insight: Martin (.242, 2 HR, 11 RBI) injured his hamstring in April but is finally back to 100 percent. Last night he served a one-game suspension for his involvement in last month's bench-clearing brawl with Milwaukee.
 

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