RUSSELL MARTIN NEWS
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Pittsburgh put its offense into high gear Saturday in taking a 10-5 win over Tampa Bay at Charlotte Sports Park. Matt Moore's outing had an inauspicious beginning when he hit Pirates leadoff batter Starling Marte, then walked Jordy Mercer. March 7: With nagging injury in past, Martin at full strength
Russell Martin's contributions to the 2013 Pirates were recognized as substantial. Had many been aware of the arm injury with which he played most of the season, it may also have been recognized as heroic. March 3: Alvarez's blast sets tone for Pirates' offense
Pedro Alvarez drove in three runs Monday, two on his first home run of the spring, in a 7-6 Pirates win over the Boston Red Sox in Grapefruit League baseball. March 1: Martin's homer provides early offense in tie game
Russell Martin snapped a 1-1 tie with a third-inning homer, but Cameron Seitzer came through for Tampa Bay with a solo shot in the ninth as the Pirates and Rays tied, 2-2, in 10 innings of Spring Training baseball on Saturday. February 25: And they're off: Spring slate just the start for Bucs
It's time for the real games -- if not yet the ones that count. The Bucs launch their 31-installment spring slate on Wednesday, hosting the New York Yankees in McKechnie Field at 1:05 p.m. ET. February 24: Would collision rule have blocked Bucs' playoff path?
No one is suggesting that, under incipient 2014 rules, the Pirates would not have entered last fall's playoffs. But their entrance would not have been as dramatic. February 19: Value of catchers not easily measured by stats
Numbers might not lie, but they don't always tell the whole truth -- or even come close, especially when it come to the true value catchers provide to a club, both on the diamond and in the clubhouse. February 15: Martin's No. 12 retired by Chipola College
Russell Martin became the latest member of the Pirates family to experience one of the spoils of a 94-win season that ends in the playoffs: Having your uniform -- or even your name -- immortalized by one of your stepping stones to the Majors. February 13: Martin offers praise for former teammate Jeter
Russell Martin had an eventful two seasons in the Bronx before signing as a free agent with the Pirates prior to last season. The highlight of those two seasons will probably be something which he will fondly recall once his career is over: Playing with Derek Jeter. December 30: Pittsburgh enjoys baseball renaissance in 2013
The 2013 Pirates ripped off the shackles and swashbuckled as the Major League's top story of the year and as one of its top teams. Shedding 20 years of losing, the Bucs climbed over .500 for good in Game No. 17 on April 20.