Russell Martin to man third base for Pirates against Braves
For Saturday night's game against the Braves, the Pirates will have an unusual name in the lineup at third base.
Tonight Russell Martin is making his 9th career start at third base and first since 8/20/08 as a member of the Dodgers.— Pittsburgh Pirates (@Pirates) April 20, 2013
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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