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|2015 Season (CBSSports.com)||420.00||15.00||.262||58.00||50.00||2.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs San Francisco||8||1||0|| .125|| .125|| .125|
|vs Cueto (Career)||15||1||0|| .133||.333||.067|
|vs RHP||305||91||11|| .396|| .469|| .298|
|Last 10 Games|
Josh Thole's demotion impacts Blue Jays roster, catcher rotation
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/31/15) The Blue Jays announced Tuesday catcher Josh Thole was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. Thole's demotion means Russell Martin will be knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, per MLB.com.
Thole's demotion also means Dioner Navarro, who has asked for a trade, will be the backup catcher and get some at-bats at DH.
Blue Jays' Martin: Pirates 'were going to do everything they could'
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(3/4/15) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin says the Pirates did everything they could to try and re-sign him, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Martin signed a five-year, $82 million deal with Toronto, but said the Pirates really pushed to keep him around. "They were going to do everything they could," Martin said. "They were pretty vocal about that. But then it comes to a point where, as an organization, if you're thinking business-wise, you can't stack all your chips and then leave yourself vulnerable for later."
Martin also admitted that the opportunity to be a role model in Canada was a big reason he signed in Toronto. "The opportunity to play in Canada, for my family to be able to watch me play, to be a role model for younger Canadians and be that guy, it's a better fit for me overall for that reason," he explained.
In the end, the money and a fifth year led Martin to the Blue Jays. "[The Pirates] were pretty vocal, and I think that they definitely wanted me back. It was just a feeling that Toronto wanted me a little bit more," he said.
The 32-year-old hit .290/.402/.430 over 379 at-bats last season.
Blue Jays' Russell Martin, R.A. Dickey starting to develop chemistry
|by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com|
|(2/25/15) After their first pitching and catching session of the spring, Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin said he had no issues trying to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, reports MLB.com.
"I think he's probably a little bit impressed with how I'm able to catch it and not struggle too much," Martin said. "I'm not making it look too pretty back there, but I think as long as I catch the ball, I think that's the most important part."
Dickey has struggled to find a catcher over the last two seasons with the Blue Jays that can handle his knuckleball, but said Martin appears to be the perfect match.
"Russell's a great athlete, and more than that, he has a real willingness and desire to unpack what it takes to catch it well," Dickey said. "I don't anticipate us having any trouble. I think he's going to be able to do it."
Blue Jays planning days off for Edwin Encarnacion in 2015
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(2/21/15) The Blue Jays are expecting to utilize Edwin Encarnacion as a designated hitter in 2015 instead of full-time at first base, manager John Gibbons said Friday. Gibbons wants to prevent Encarnacion from suffering injuries as much as possible this season, according to the Toronto Sun.
"We'll be looking to give Encarnacion time off anyway to prevent a recurrence of the back problems that he had last season," said Gibbons. "It’s important to nip that in the bud."
If catcher Dioner Navarro is not traded, it is likely that Encarnacion will play some first so that Navarro can DH and newly signed Russell Martin can catch.
Blue Jays' Dickey has faith in Russell Martin catching his knuckleball
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(1/16/15) Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is excited about new catcher Russell Martin and believes he can catch his knuckleball, SportsNet.com reports.
“Nothing is going to replace time spent together, and so I think from the get-go, we’re probably going to be spending a lot of time on the side, bullpens, playing catch so that he can get a feel for what that pitch does and see if he feels like it’s something he can do every day that I pitch, that’s 34 starts,” Dickey said.
Martin said he expects to be the catcher when Dickey starts and doesn't believe the knuckleball will be a problem.
Dickey went 14-13 in 2014, posting a 3.71 ERA in 215 2/3 innings.
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