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Russell Martin to man third base for Pirates against Braves

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

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On Saturday night against Atlanta, Russell Martin will take a break from the 'tools of ignorance.' (USATSI)

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Saturday night's Braves-Pirates game in Pittsburgh is notable before it even begins. Here's why:

Yes, indeed. Martin, the Pirates' regular catcher, will be manning the hot corner. As noted above, it's been a while since he's done that.

Martin, though, has some positional flexibility. He's spent 79 1/3 defensive innings at third in his major-league career and has even made one appearance at second base (in 2011, with the Yankees). As well, he was for a time slated to be Team Canada's starting shortstop in the recent World Baseball Classic.

When it comes to the bat, though, the 30-year-old Martin is off to a slow start this season, as he has a slash line of .178/.288/.311 with one home run in 52 plate appearances.

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