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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%: 99/97 | Average Draft Position: 121.81
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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. 


Pirates' Starling Marte in lineup Sunday vs. Cardinals


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte is in the starting lineup for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals.

Marte had to come out of Saturday's game due to severe dizziness, but he's in the cleanup role for Sunday's battle with the Cardinals and lefty starter Tyler Lyons. He's 6 for 12 with four home runs against southpaws this season.

The Pirates are favorites (-115) against the Cardinals Sunday.


Pirates OF Starling Marte leaves with dizziness on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte left Saturday's game against the Cardinals while battling severe dizziness, the team announced.

Marte was pulled early in the game after going 0 for 2 with two strikeouts. He is currently receiving treatment for his ailment. Marte is hitting .269 in 104 at-bats this season.


Pirates shuffle lineup Wednesday, drop Josh Harrison to seventh


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pirates third baseman Josh Harrison is back in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Reds but batting seventh for the first time this season.

Harrison led off in 20 of the team's first 21 games, only getting one game off from starting. After his next day off, he was slotted second Friday and left in the spot for three games. Harrison was off again Tuesday and now returns in the bottom third of the order. He has hit just .188/.220/.313 with two home runs and six RBI in 96 at-bats.

With Harrison dropped in the lineup, second baseman Neil Walker has been moved up to the No. 2 spot in the lineup, while the team's regular fifth-through-seventh hitters have been bumped up a spot, with left fielder Starling Marte landing in the cleanup role.

The Pirates are favorites (-160) against the Reds Wednesday with Gerrit Cole on the mound.


LF Starling Marte goes deep for Pirates in Tuesday's loss


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/5/2015) Left fielder Starling Marte connected for his seventh home run of the season Tuesday in the Pirates' loss to the Reds. 

Marte's homer was a second-inning solo shot of Reds starter Michael Lorenzen. 

The seven homers for Marte is currently the most for the Pirates.


Starling Marte gets three hits in Pirates' loss


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte went 3 for 6 in Saturday's 11-inning loss to St. Louis. 

Marte hit his third double of the year and raised his average to .253 with the outburst. He had his third multi-hit game in the last six. 


Starling Marte hits two-run homer to supply Pirates' offense


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte hit a two-run home run to produce both runs of the day in Tuesday's loss to Cincinnati. 

Marte went 2 for 4, improving his average to .243. He hit his sixth home run of the year and drove in his 15th run. 


Starling Marte returns to Pirates' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte returned to the lineup after missing a day with a wrist injury. Marte was hit by a pitch on Wednesday. 

He's back in left field for the Pirates on Friday, batting fifth in the lineup. 

The Pirates are -125 money line favorites at Arizona on Friday. 


Red-hot Marte to cool heels Thursday for Pirates after HBP


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) A wrist injury sustained on a hit-by-pitch Wednesday has Pirates outfielder Starling Marte out of the lineup Thursday against the Cubs.

Marte, who is being treated for a soft tissue contusion, was plunked by Cubs starter Jason Hammel.

The loss is significant, even for just one game. Marte has been on a roll with eight hits - including four home runs - in his last 20 at-bats. He has driven in 10 during that stretch.


Pirates left fielder Starling Marte leaves after HBP Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte left Wednesday's game against Cubs after being hit by a pitch on the right hand, according to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Marte was hit by a pitch in the third inning, but was able to remain in the game briefly. Andrew Lambo pinch hit for Marte in the fifth after he went 1 for 1 at the plate. Marte is being treated for a soft tissue contusion on his hand, the team announced.

He is hitting .224 in 49 at-bats this season.


Starling Marte homers, scores three times for Pirates


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/21/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the fifth inning of Tuesday's 9-8 loss to the Cubs. 

Marte scored three times, drove in two runs and went 2 for 3. He homered for the fourth time in five games. 

Marte is hitting .208 with five home runs and 12 RBI. 


Pirates left fielder Starling Marte rips fourth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte went 1 for 4 at the plate in Pittsburgh's 5-2 loss to the Cubs Monday. 

Marte was held in check throughout the game, but broke through with a solo home run over the left center field wall off of Zac Rosscup in the ninth inning, his fourth of the season. Marte is now hitting .178 in 45 at-bats so far this season.


Pirates' Starling Marte coming out of funk vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte carried a .103/.156/.241 line into this weekend's series against the Brewers but has found his swing, going 4 for 10 with two home runs, seven RBI and two stolen bases in his last two games.

"Look where he was four days ago, and look where he is now," manager Clint Hurdle said after Saturday's win.

Marte struck out 14 times in 26 at-bats over his first seven games, and while he still didn't manage a hit Wednesday, he was able to avoid striking out for just the second time this season at that point. He's yet to strike out in his team's current series against the Brewers.

"Sometimes, it's extra work (on an off night). Sometimes it's us talking," Hurdle said. "It's always important for players to know the expectations of the manager. And it's never an average, a home run or RBIs; it's intangibles. They need to hear that you believe in them when things might not look very good. And he responded very well."

With his recent upturn, Marte has hit .189/.225/.459 with three home runs and nine RBI in 37 at-bats. He's batting fifth in Sunday's series finale against the Brewers.


Pirates outfielder Starling Marte totals five RBI in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte went 2 for 5 at the plate in Pittsburgh's 6-2 win over the Brewers Saturday.

Marte got it going early with an RBI single in the first inning off Kyle Lohse, driving home both Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen. Marte then ripped a 1-1 pitch from Lohse in the fifth inning over the left center field wall for a three-run homer, driving home McCutchen and Neil Walker, this third home run of the year.

Marte is now hitting .189 in 37 at-bats on the year with nine RBI.


Pirates LF Starling Marte hits second home run of season Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Pirates left fielder Starling Marte connected on a two-run home run to help propel the Pirates to a 6-3 win over the Brewers on Friday.

Marte hit the home run off Jonathan Broxton in eighth inning to provide some insurance runs for the Pirates.

Marte finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored. He is now hitting .152 on the season after starting Friday's game at .103.


Pirates outfielder Starling Marte returns to the lineup Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte will return the starting lineup Wednesday against the Tigers, the team announced.

Marte was given the day off Tuesday to rest and gather himself, manager Clint Hurdle said. Marte is hitting just .115 in 26 at-bats to begin the year. The Pirates are currently the favorites (-150) over the Tigers.


Pirates outfielder Starling Marte out of the lineup Tuesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle has decided to go with Corey Hart in right field Tuesday and moved Gregory Polanco to left, pushing Starling Marte to the bench, the team announced.

Hart has made one start so far this season and is hitting .500 in six at-bats. He is a career .269 hitter while playing right field and .268 while batting fifth.

"He's just being challenged right now," Hurdle said. "We've seen Starling get in some funks. He's been able to work his way out of them. One of the ways you help him is just to sit him down, give him a chance to catch his breath."

 He is hitting just .115 with 14 strikeouts in 26 at-bats this season. The Pirates are currently the favorites (-120) over the Tigers Tuesday.


Starling Marte homers for Pirates in win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte hit a solo home run in the eighth to cap a 6-2 win over the Brewers. 

Marte went one for three with a run and two RBI. He had a sacrifice fly in the fifth. 

Manager Clint Hurdle still isn't sure where to slate Marte in the batting order, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune Review.

"I never felt the optimum position for (Marte) was as the lead-off guy," Hurdle said. "He's a free-swinging, free-playing ballplayer that profiles well for me in the middle of the lineup. It's just a mentality of not having to be at the top. I think sometimes players will take on that (lead-off) mantra more so than you want them to."


Starling Marte picks up a hit Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2014) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte collected one of the few hits for his club Wednesday against the Giants. 

Marte finished 1 for 4, singling in the seventh inning. He was one of three Pirates to notch a hit against Madison Bumgarner during the contest. Bumgarner gave up just four hits during a complete game shutout. Marte also struck out once and stranded two runners. 


Time off helps Starling Marte get back Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte is back in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, after sitting out three games with an elbow injury.

Marte was hit by a pitch in Thursday's game, and managed to make just one pinch-hitting appearance in the team's weekend series against the Cubs. That time off was enough for Marte to return to full health, as he is batting sixth and starting in left field Tuesday.


Starling Marte able to pinch hit


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/15/2014) Pirates outfielder Starling Marte, who has been out of the lineup since taking a pitch off the left elbow Thursday, appeared as a pinch-hitter Sunday against the Cubs. He struck out in his only at-bat.

The Pirates have an off day Monday before hosting the Red Sox Tuesday.


Starling Marte still on the bench


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) Starling Marte was not in the Pirates' starting lineup for Sunday's game versus the Cubs, as Travis Snider got his third straight start in left field. Marte has not played since he exited Thursday's game at the Phillies with a sore left elbow resulting from a hit-by-pitch.