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6 Starling Marte LF
Height/Weight: 6-1/185 | Birthdate: 10/9/1988 | Birthplace: Santo Dominigo, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $500,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/91 | Average Draft Position: 121.63
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Pirates LF Starling Marte returns to lineup Saturday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/11/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cardinals.

Marte hasn't played since July 5 because of a nagging injury to his left side.


Pirates LF Starling Marte still sidelined Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte, who sustained a left side injury Sunday against Cleveland, remains out Friday with St. Louis in town, increasing the chances that he will be placed on the disabled list.

Marte has not played since July 5. When he does return, he will do so in an 0-for-8 mini-slide.


Pirates' Starling Marte sidelined 4th straight game, DL a possibility


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2015) The Pirates continue to be patient with left fielder Starling Marte, who missed a fourth straight start Thursday against the Cardinals due to an injury to his left side. Marte said the pain and tightness is between his ribs and his oblique.

"I want to make sure everything, how I feel is comfortable," Marte said Wednesday, per MLB.com. "If we can play, I'll play. If we need one more day, I'll wait for it. ... It's hard right now, because I know the team needs me on the field. But I need to be OK."

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said placing Marte on the disabled list is a "definite" option, if Marte doesn't respond to a batter of pregame tests Thursday, per MLB.com.


Pirates LF Starling Marte sidelined again Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte sat out another game Wednesday against the Padres, missing a third straight start due to a left side injury. Sean Rodriguez once again replaced Marte in the starting lineup.

Pirates LF Starling Marte sidelined again Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte was sidelined a second straight start Tuesday against the Padres due to a left side injury. Sean Rodriguez was once again starting in his absence.

Pirates LF Starling Marte sidelined a day after suffering injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte was not in the starting lineup Monday against the Padres a day after leaving Sunday's game due to discomfort on his left side. Sean Rodriguez drew the start in Marte's absence.

"Feels a little better than yesterday. I think I won't have to go on DL," Marte said, per the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Marte is hitless in his last three games (eight at-bats). However, he is still batting .327 in his last 28 games.


Starling Marte leaves Sunday's game with injury


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Sunday's game in the fourth after suffering an injury to his left side, the team announed. 

Marte swung and missed during an at bat in the fourth inning and clutched his side. Pinch hitter Gregory Polanco finished Marte's at bat. Marte will be reevaluated Monday. 


Pirates LF Starling Marte hits 13th homer in four-hit performance


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte went 4 for 5 with a home run in Wednesday's win over the Tigers.

Marte hit his 13th homer of the season in the eighth inning of a 9-3 win. The solo blast was just one of three home runs the Pirates hit during a three-run inning.

Marte's bat has been scortching as of late as he is hitting .429 with 12 hits over his last seven games.


Pirates LF Starling Marte owns six-game hitting streak


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte went 1 for 6 in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the Tigers. Marte is now carrying a modest six-game hitting streak, during which he is batting .348 (8 for 23).

Pirates LF Starling Marte plays hero in defeat of Braves


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte had shown signs of breaking out of a mini-slump recently with a three-game hitting streak heading into Saturday.

He ended all doubt in a defeat of Atlanta, slamming three singles and scoring three runs. He even stole home in the fifth inning for good measure.

Marte singled and scored in the first, fifth and seventh. He now has six hits in his last 13 at-bats.


Pirates OF Starling Marte fine despite rare absence Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) The absence of Pirates standout outfielder Starling Marte from the lineup Thursday for just the second time this season was not related to injury or ailment.

"Just giving him a break," Clint Hurtle told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Marte might have needed one. He has been slumping lately with just two hits in his last 19 at-bats, though he slammed a single in a pinch-hitting role Thursday.


Pirates OF Starling Marte (ankle) able to start Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was back in the starting lineup Thursday against the White Sox after leaving Wednesday's game due to left ankle pain. He is batting .392 (20 for 51) with two doubles, two home runs, 11 RBI, eight runs and four stolen bases in his last 12 games.

Pirates OF Starling Marte leaves game with ankle injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was forced to leave Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the White Sox with left ankle pain, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review

Marte went 0 for 3 from the plate. He now has a .283/.332/.484. 


Pirates' Starling Marte batting .500 during seven-game hit streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/17/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte pushed his multihit streak to five games and extended his hitting streak to seven games during a 3-0 win Tuesday against the White Sox. He went 2 for 5 with one run, two strikeouts and two stolen bases.

Tuesday was the first time all season that Marte has multiple steals in a game. He entered play with 11 stolen bases in his first 62 games.

Marte is batting .500 (17 for 34) with one home run, two doubles, six RBI, five runs, six strikeouts and three stolen bases in his last seven games.


Pirates OF Starling Marte totals four hits in blowout win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte collected four hits in Monday night's 11-0 victory over the White Sox. 

Marte went 4 for 5 and totaled two runs and two RBI. Marte has been on fire lately and is now hitting .419 in his past 10 games. He's totaled 13 hits in his last four games and has totaled at least three each game in the process. 

Marte's slash line for the season is now .284/.335/.492. 


Pirates LF Starling Marte drives in game-winning run on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte was the walk-off hero in the 1-0 victory over the Phillies on Friday. Marte, who went 3 for 7 in the extra-inning win, drove home the game-winning run in the bottom of the 13th inning with two-out single.

Friday's three-hit performance was Marte's second multi-hit game over his last 16, as he is batting just .183 over that stretch.


Starling Marte homers in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte produced the only run of the game in Tuesday's loss to Milwaukee. 

Marte hit a solo home run in the second inning, his twelfth of the year. The homer was his second in five games and drove in his 40th run of the year. 

Marte went 1 for 4 on the day.


Pirates LF Starling Marte ends 0-for-20 skid, hits 11th home run


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte had a big night in Friday's 10-8 win over the Braves. Marte had two hits in four at-bats. He launched a tie-breaking, two-run home run in the sixth inning, and chipped in an RBI single in the eighth.

Marte's home run, his 11th of the season, broke a 4-4 tie and gave the Pirates a lead they would not let go. Marte had been hitless in his last 20 at-bats coming into the contest, but he busted out in a big way on Friday


Struggling Pirates LF Starling Marte sits on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is not in the starting lineup for Wednesday's clash with the Giants. Marte has only had one day off this season, and has been struggling at the plate recently.

Hitless in his last four games, Marte is currently in an 0-for-20 skid, which prompted manager Clint Hurdle to say "Sometimes he just gets in a hurry to hit," according to the Pittsburgh Tribune. So Hurdle decided to give Marte a day to clear his head.

Jose Tabata will draw the start in left and bat sixth on Wednesday. 


Pirates OF Starling Marte hits 10th home run of season Thursday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte smacked his 10th home run of the season during Thursday's 11-5 win over the Padres.

Marte hit the two-run home run off Ian Kennedy in the third inning. Marte finished the game 1 for 3 with two RBI, two runs scored and one walk.

Prior to Thursday's contest, Marte was hitting .167 with one home run and four RBI in his last six games.


Pirates' Starling Marte an unlikely option to hit cleanup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Starling Marte isn't your prototypical cleanup hitter. 

Sure, he can produce runs for the Pirates but he's not exactly someone that's going to come to the plate with the intention of hitting a bomb with runners on. But it's his versatility that caused manager Clint Hurdle to try Marte out at the four hole. 

He laid down a bunt on Sunday against the Mets, although he was unable to beat it out. But then later in the game he hit a three-run homer.

"He wasn't as warm and fuzzy about it as I was. And rightfully so," Hurdle said about slotting Marte fourth in the lineup, via MLB.com. "He's a young guy. He's got some experience. He did some good things [batting fifth], and then your whacked-out manager says, 'Hey, by the way, let's just try this. Let's throw you in the four-spot, kid, and let's roll.' I told him why.


Pirates OF Starling Marte goes 1 for 5 with HR in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte only recorded one hit against the Mets but made sure it counted in a big way. 

In Sunday afternoon's 9-1 victory, Marte hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth inning. The homer also scored Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen. 

After the game, McCutchen said it was only a matter of time before Marte made someone pay. 

"Pick your poison. That's the way I look at it," McCutchen said, via MLB.com. "I guess they felt since Marte hadn't been swinging the bat the past few games, they could get him out. Nah, you can't do that either."

Marte finished 1 for 5 with two strikeouts. He's now slashing .278/.326/.513. 

Before the homer, Marte had gone 11 at-bats without a hit. 


Pirates OF Starling Marte ripped for lazy play on Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte was given a stern talking to on Wednesday after making a "lazy" play in Tuesday's game against the Twins, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune

Manager Clint Hurdle considered benching Marte on Wednesday, but kept him in the lineup.

"We talked about a few things," Hurdle said. "So I think we have a very good understanding now of where we're going."

Marte had a slow reaction to a single in the outfield, allowing Brian Dozier to score from first base.

"(Marte) was kind of lackadaisical, to pick it up and just kind of throw it in," Dozier said. "You've got the bases loaded and you're hoping to get the out and get out of the jam, and then three runs (score). That's a backbreaker."

Hurdle couldn't believe what he saw.

"It was a very disappointing play," Hurdle said. "I shared my thoughts with the player, personally. It wasn't the first time I've shared my thoughts with Starling or any of the players when things have happened that we don't believe should happen to us. You've got to be ready every pitch. You've got to be ready to play. You've got to have an awareness of the game."


Pirates OF Starling Marte hits 2 doubles in los


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 3 for 4 during Thursday afternoon's 4-2 loss to the Phillies. 

Marte hit two doubles — one in the top of the first inning and one that drove in a run for his 25th RBI of the season in the ninth. His lone remaining hit came on a single. Marte now holds a .287/.341/.525 slash line. 

Since May 1, Marte is hitting .347 with 17 hits and eight RBI. 


Pirates OF Starling Marte hits 3-run HR in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a three-run homer in the third inning of Monday night's 4-3 win over the Phillies. 

Marte hit his home run off of Jerome Williams to center field on a 1-2 pitch. He did a great job of hanging around in the at-bat, fouling off four pitches. For Marte, that's his eighth home run of the season. 

"He's doing a real good job for us there. He's still working on some things, figuring things out. He's aggressive and dangerous," Hurdle said to MLB.com. "He turned out to be dangerous tonight. He pushed through that at-bat, fouled off some balls, then jumped on a mistake. It was a big swing of the bat for us."

Marte has at least recorded one hit in seven of his past 10 games. 

"I do feel very comfortable where I am now," Marte said. "I'm more focused. More chance to drive in runs. I'm very comfortable there."

Marte finished Monday's game 1 for 4 and is now hitting .277/.325/.518.