Tue, 11 Mar 2014 05:59:07 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin went 2-for-2 with a walk and his fourth home run of spring play Monday, March 10. He's hitting .533 with nine RBI in six contests. Martin said he was not comfortable at the plate in 2013. "All year up there I was battling. I remember swinging at pitches and coming in and out of my swing quickly and rolling over pitches I've seen a gazillion times."
Fantasy Tip: Unless Martin has changed something drastic about his swing, it's probably safe to believe that when regulation play starts, he'll go back to his power-fueled, contact-challenged approach that makes him a second catcher in mixed leagues.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 14:48:04 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin hit another home run Monday, March 10, and is 8-for-15 with nine RBIs and four long balls in six spring games. "It's really just (about) hitting the mistakes, staying aggressive, seeing the ball well and trusting myself up there," Martin said. "I'm not taking pitches. I'm aggressive until the pitch tells me not to swing."
Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:20:24 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin is willing to consider a contract extension with the team, but they have yet to approach him about one.
Mon, 10 Feb 2014 20:07:58 -0800
Pittsburgh Pirates C Tony Sanchez did not do enough to convince management he is ready to be the primary backup to C Russell Martin, so the club added C Chris Stewart this offseason. That likely signals that Sanchez will begin with Triple-A Indianapolis for the third consecutive year with a potential September call-up.
Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:05:39 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin swatted a pair of solo home runs in the National League wild card game Tuesday, Oct. 1, against the Cincinnati Reds. Martin had just one multi-homer game in the regular season, and that came April 28 against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Mon, 23 Sep 2013 14:27:51 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (knee) is back in the starting lineup Monday, Sept. 23.
Sun, 22 Sep 2013 19:15:50 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (knee) left the game Sunday, Sept. 22, against the Cincinnati Reds due to discomfort in his left knee.
Thu, 19 Sep 2013 08:44:42 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin was rested Wednesday, Sept. 18, and will sit out again Thursday, Sept. 19, as manager Clint Hurdle wants him to be rested for a weekend series against the Cincinnati Reds.
Fri, 02 Aug 2013 08:54:16 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (knee) sat out again with a sore left knee Thursday, Aug. 1.
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 20:33:07 -0700
Pittsburgh Pirates C Russell Martin (knee) tweaked his left knee Friday, July 26, against the Miami Marlins, and manager Clint Hurdle said he is unsure of Martin's immediate availability.
Fantasy Tip: If you depend on Martin in daily NL-only fantasy play, reserve him. Mike McKenry is likely to draw the start behind the dish Saturday.