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55 Russell Martin C
Height/Weight: 5-10/203 | Birthdate: 2/15/1983 | Birthplace: East York, Ontario, CAN | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Toronto | College: Chipola JC FL | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $7,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 200.05
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AL reserves announced for 2015 MLB All-Star game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The American League reserves for the 2015 MLB All-Star game were announced Monday and the following players were selected:

Catcher: Russell Martin, Blue Jays; Stephen Vogt, Athletics

First Base: Prince Fielder, Rangers; Albert Pujols, Angels (will start in place of injured Miguel Cabrera); Mark Teixeira, Yankees (replaces injured Cabrera on roster)

Second Base: Jason Kipnis, Indians

Shortstop: Jose Iglesias, Tigers

Third Base: Manny Machado, Orioles

Outfield: Jose Bautista, Blue Jays; Adam Jones, Orioles; J.D. Martinez, Tigers

Utility: Brock Holt, Red Sox

Starting Pitchers: Sonny Gray, Athletics; Felix Hernandez, Mariners; David Price, Tigers; Dallas Keuchel, Astros; Chris Sale, White Sox; Zach Britton, Orioles; Chris Archer, Rays

Relief Pitchers: Dellin Betances, Yankees; Brad Boxberger, Rays; Zach Britton, Orioles; Wade Davis, Royals; Kelvin Herrera, Royals; Darren O'Day, Orioles; Glen Perkins, Twins

The following players are eligible to be voted in during the final Fan Vote: SS Xander Bogaerts, Red Sox; OF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers; OF Brett Gardner, Yankees; 2B Brian Dozier, Twins; 3B Mike Moustakas, Royals


Blue Jays C Russell Martin powers up for 12th home run


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/2/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 1 for 4 on Thursday, as he belted his 12th home run of the season. Martin's ninth-inning solo shot came as little consequence to the end result of the game, as the Red Sox won 12-6.

This was Martin's second home run in his last six games, but he has otherwise been struggling at the plate. Over his last 10 contests, Martin is batting .161 with nine strikeouts.


Blue Jays' Martin mired in 6-for-37 slump, gets day off Tuesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin received a day off Tuesday against the Red Sox for the first time in seven games and just the second time in 10 games. 

Martin is hitless in his last three games (0 for 7) and is batting .059 (1 for 17) in his last six games. He is batting average has declined from .285 to .265 in his last 12 games, as he is just 6-for-37 in that stretch.


Russell Martin homers in Blue Jays' win


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin snapped a nine-game home run drought with a solo home run in the third inning of Friday's win over Texas. 

Martin went 1 for 2 with a walk and hit his 11th homer of the year. Martin also drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, giving him 37 on the year. 


Russell Martin gets spelled by Dioner Navarro for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in Monday's starting lineup. Martin has started nine of the last 11 for Toronto.

Dioner Navarro will start behind the plate for the Jays. It's his eighth start of the year, with six of them coming in June. Navarro will bat clean up for the first time this season. 


Manager John Gibbons said it was a day off for Martin, per Sportsnet.


Blue Jays' Martin lifts batting average 20 points in last 12 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/22/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin totaled two hits, including his 14th double, in four at-bats during a 13-9 loss Sunday vs. Baltimore. He also had two runs, one walk and two strikeouts.

Martin has hit safely in four straight games and 10 of his last 12 games. He is batting .356 (16 for 45) with a .420 on-base percentage, .667 slugging percentage and 1.087 OPS in his last 12 games. He also has one triple, three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI, 15 runs, four walks and seven strikeouts in that span.

Martin's average his improved from .262 to .282 in his last 12 games.


Blue Jays' Russell Martin racks up 10 RBI in last six games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin continued to swing a hot bat during a 13-5 win Sunday against the Red Sox. Martin extended his hitting streak to six games with a 3-for-4 performance. He totaled one double, two RBI, three runs and one walk.

Martin is batting .440 (11 for 25) with one double, one triple, three home runs, 10 RBI, 10 runs and three walks in his last six games. 

Martin's hot streak comes after he hit .140 in a 13-game span from May 20-June 5, which dropped his season average to .262. His recent streak has his average back up to .285.


Blue Jays C Russell Martin records two hits, home run in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin was a tough out on Saturday against the Red Sox.

Martin went 2 for 5 with a home run, his tenth, an RBI and two runs scored.

Martin is hitting .275 with 10 home runs and 32 RBI in 189 at-bats this season.


Russell Martin drives in three for Blue Jays


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 1 for 5 in Friday's win over Boston. 

Martin scored once and drove in three runs. His bases loaded triple helped Toronto erase a four-run deficit with a nine-run rally in the seventh inning. 

Martin now has two triples and 31 RBI on the year. 


Blue Jays C Russell Martin blasts ninth home run on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went deep for the second time in his last three games on Wednesday. Martin launched a solo shot, his ninth of the season, in the fourth inning of the 7-2 victory over the Marlins. 

Martin also collected an RBI single in the game, as he lifted his batting average up to .274 on the season. 


Blue Jays C Russell Martin goes yard in victory


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin hit his eighth home run of the season in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Astros. 

Martin hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning that drove in Dioner Navarro. It was Martin's first home run in over a month, as the last one he hit was on May 6. He finished the day 2 for 4. 

Martin will hope this gets him out of the slump he's been in. Over the past 10 games he's hit .226. 

For the season, Martin is slashing .267/.354/.483. 


Russell Martin, Justin Smoak return to Blue Jays lineup


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Catcher Russell Martin and first baseman Justin Smoak will return to the starting lineup against the Astros on Sunday. 

Martin took the day off Saturday with Dioner Navarro starting instead. Smoak entered the game late as a pinch-hitter after Edwin Encarnacion needed to be taken out due to a shoulder ailment. 

Martin will hit sixth and Smoak will hit seventh. 


Blue Jays C Russell Martin returns for Game 2 of doubleheader


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/2/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is back in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals. Martin did not start the first game with R.A. Dickey on the mound, but he'll be back behind the plate to catch Marco Estrada. Martin is hitting fourth in manager John Gibbon's batting order.

Blue Jays' Encarnacion, Martin still out for Game 1 of doubleheader


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Before Monday's game was rained out, Blue Jays manager John Gibbons made the decision to sit first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and catcher Russell Martin. Gibbons didn't change his lineup for the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader, as both players remained out of the lineup against Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann.

Although, Martin's absence also had to do with the fact knuckleballer R.A. Dickey was on the mound for Toronto since Josh Thole has been his personal catcher for most of the season. Justin Smoak was in the lineup for Encarnacion.

Encarnacion heads into Tuesday's doubleheader mired in a 1-for-24 slump in his last six games. Prior to his slump, he hit .297 with a .615 slugging percentage, five doubles, eight home runs and 24 RBI in his previous 26 games.

Martin has also hit a bit of an offensive wall as of late, as he is batting .176 with no home runs, one double and one RBI in his last 10 games.


Blue Jays' Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin sitting Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Blue Jays first baseman Edwin Encarnacion and catcher Russell Martin are not in the starting lineup for Monday's matchup with the Nationals.

The Blue Jays are without a designated hitter in a National League park on Monday, and Justin Smoak is getting the start at first base over Encarnacion against Jordan Zimmermann. Martin is on the bench as usual with R.A. Dickey on the mound.

The Blue Jays are underdogs (+140) on the road on Monday, per VegasInsider.com.


Blue Jays' Russell Martin shifts to second base Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin saw two innings at second base on Wednesday, the second time in his career he's manned the postition, MLB.com reports.

"We had talked about it a couple of weeks ago," Martin said of his conversations with manager John Gibbons about playing second. "We had another situation where we were a little bit short on the bench. I always knew that it was a possibility, and I think he even asked me a couple of days ago, too, in a situation kind of like that. So, it wasn't really that much of a surprise, and I know I can play in the field. I played there for a long time, so I've had plenty of reps over there and it's kind of like riding a bike. Once you get out there, just play the game."

Martin played the first eight innings of the game behind the plate but shifted to second base after Ryan Goins was removed for a pinch-hitter. He went 2 for 5 and scored a run in his team's 5-3, 10-inning loss to the White Sox.


Blue Jays C Russell Martin not starting on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Martin had started each of the last four games for manager John Gibbons, but with R.A. Dickey on the mound, Josh Thole will draw the start behind the plate. 

Martin had just one hit (a double) in 16 at-bats during that four-game stretch. 


Blue Jays C Russell Martin getting Thursday off


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Russell Martin will likely not be catching any pitches Thursday for the Blue Jays. Instead, he will be catching a break. He is set to sit while Josh Thole starts against the Angels.

Martin had his four-game hitting streak snapped Wednesday. But he is still batting .400 (8-for-20) in his last five games.


Blue Jays C Russell Martin gets a day of rest on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/14/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is out of the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Astros. It appears to just be a rest day for Martin, who started the last two games and seven of the last eight behind the plate.

Josh Thole catch Drew Hutchison and hit eighth in the batting order.


Russell Martin replaced by Josh Thole in Blue Jays' lineup


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against Boston. 

Josh Thole replaces Martin in the lineup for the fourth time this year and second time in the last 10 games. 

Thole will bat ninth in the order. Kevin Pillar moves up one spot in the order to replace Martin in the five-hole. 

The Blue Jays are -120 money line favorites at home against Boston. 


Blue Jays' Russell Martin slugs seventh home run Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 3 for 4 with a solo home run in his team's 5-1 win over the Yankees Wednesday.

Martin scored a run in the fourth inning and came back to knock his seventh homer of the season over the left-field wall in the sixth. He's homered in three of his last four games and racked up three three-hit performances during his current five-game hitting streak.

Martin closed April with a .197 average; with his recent offensive surge, he owns a .286/.402/.619 line with 18 RBI, 20 runs and two stolen bases in 84 at-bats.


Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin cracks sixth home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 3 for 4 at the plate in Toronto's 6-3 loss to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Martin got his offense going early when he cracked a double to left field off of Michael Pineda in the third. He was left stranded at second on an Edwin Encarnacion line out. Then in the ninth, Martin ripped a 1-1 pitch from David Carpenter over the left center field wall for a solo shot, his sixth of the season.

Martin moved his average to .263 with 17 RBI in 80 at-bats this season.


Russell Martin out, Josh Thole in for Blue Jays on Monday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/4/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin received the day off Monday against the Yankees after catching the last four games. Martin has been a nice addition for Toronto, both offensively and defensively. He has five home runs and 15 RBI through his first 23 games of the season.

Josh Thole replaced Martin behind the dish on Monday, as he typically does when knuckleballer R.A. Dickey is on the mound. Expect Martin to return to action on Tuesday. 


Blue Jays' Russell Martin slugs fifth home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin went 2 for 5 with a solo home run in his team's 10-7 loss to the Indians Sunday.

Martin was able to score his team's first run of the game in the fourth inning, but was unable to find any more offense before knocking a ninth-inning home run, his second homer in the last two days, with his team down four runs. A big offensive weekend has bumped Martin's line to .227/.366/.493 with five home runs and 15 RBI in 75 at-bats.


Russell Martin breaks mold in helping Blue Jays win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin had exactly one hit in seven of his last eight starts heading into Saturday. He swung the bat against the Indians like he wasn't satisfied.

Martin altered the momentum of the game by tying it with a solo home run leading off the fourth. He singled in the sixth and doubled and scored in the ninth in sweetening his slash line to .214/.364/.457. His average and slugging percentage have both reached a season-high.

The performance marked only his second multi-hit game of the year.