"I want to see Marty play," interim manager Tim Bogar, who took over for Ron Washington Friday, said. "I want to know that he's going to be our everyday center fielder next year."
Martin went 3 for 4 with a triple, a stolen base and a run scored. He's now batting .230 against lefties compared to .295 against righties.
"I'm just trying to keep fighting every single at-bat," Martin said, per FOX Sports Southwest. "Sometimes I need to try and see as many pitches as I can to get on base. That's my job."
Rangers manager Ron Washington explained Martin's struggles are due to the fact he has been chasing bad pitches and pulling most of the pitches when he does make contact. He has become a predictable hitter.
"He's just got to make an adjustment, that's all," Washington said. "When you're young and inexperienced like Martin is, although he's been three and this is his fourth year, he's still inexperienced. The league makes adjustments. He's got to make adjustments. Marty's just slow in making adjustments. He's just got to make a little adjustment, swing at better pitches and don't try to do too much with the pitches that he's seen."
Martin went 2 for 3 with a pair of extra-base hits Tuesday, including his fifth home run of the season in the second inning. He added a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning to finish the game with two RBI and one run scored.
Martin is hitting .274/.333/.391 in 281 at-bats, while ranking fifth in the American League with 17 stolen bases.
Martin walked in the second inning, then doubled in the sixth and eighth. He scored after each to give him two three-run performances in the last six games. His two doubles doubled his output for the season.
It was not a neck problem that motivated Ron Washington to bench center fielder
Martin is batting just .234 with a .280 on-base percentage against southpaws this season and is 2 for 20 against them on the road. He owns a .183 batting average against all pitchers on the road in 2014.
"I'm just trying to put together the best lineup I have with the roster I have," Washington said.
Martin has 29 hits in 95 at-bats against right-handed pitching this season.
|CBSSports.com Player Ranking|
|9/28/2014 vs Oakland|
|vs Gray (Career)||13||2||0||.154||.313||.154|
|Last 7 Games|
|Complete Game Log|
| 19 || 20 || 21 || 22 || 23 || 24 || 25
| 26 || 27 || 28 || 29 || 30 || 31 || 1
|More Batting Stats|
|Minor League Batting Stats|
|2011||AAA-Round Rock Express||40||175||27||46||7||1||0||17||11||24||9||2||.316||.314||.263|
|2012||AAA-Round Rock Express||55||231||48||83||18||2||12||42||24||39||10||9||.422||.610||.359|
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