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Pirates | Veteran C helps Gerrit Cole

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole ran into trouble in the third inning of his Grapefruit League start Sunday, March 10. That's when C Russell Martin (shoulder) came out to talk things over with the youngster. "My hunch was that he was thinking about the runner and over-emphasizing the runner," Martin said. "It's something that we've preached about, but you don't want it to affect your delivery and you don't want it to affect the quality of your pitches."

Fantasy Tip: Martin is mostly a No. 2 fantasy option in mixed formats, and a low-end option in NL-only leagues, but his veteran leadership will be far more valuable for a young pitching staff for instances just like this one. Martin was playing in his first game since Feb. 24 after dealing with a shoulder issue.

2013-03-10 21:14:49 | Source: Pittsburgh Tribune-Review - Karen Price

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