Martinez went 2-for-4 with a walk and two runs in a loss to the Braves on Wednesday. Although he's been somewhat overshadowed by the long-ball exploits of some of his teammates recently, Martinez has remained steady and productive at the plate himself. The 30-year-old has gone 5-for-12 with a pair of doubles, a walk and four runs over the last three games, and he's reached safely in eight of his last nine contests overall. He retains an impressive .304/.363/.452 line for the season as well, which has helped him hold on to an everyday job in right field after his ouster from first base due to defensive issues.
Martinez is not in the lineup Sunday against the Dodgers, Brian Stull of WGNU 920 reports. Martinez is hitting just .188/.220/.188 through 13 games to start the month, so he'll head to the bench for the second time in three games as Yairo Munoz picks up another start in right field in his place.
Martinez is out of the starting nine against the Dodgers on Friday. Martinez will receive a breather after going 1-for-5 with a run scored and two strikeouts during Thursday's series-opening loss. In his place, Yairo Munoz will bat second and man right field.
Martinez is not in the lineup against the Pirates on Wednesday. Tyler O'Neill will draw a start in right field as Martinez heads to the bench for Wednesday's matinee. During the first two games of this series, Martinez went 3-for-7 with three runs scored.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Pirates on Monday. Martinez had been mired in a brief 1-for-12 slump over his previous three games, but he bounced back with his second multi-hit effort of September. Martinez hasn't homered since Aug. 28 and he got off to a sluggish start to September, but he still has an impressive .305/.363/.456 line for the season.
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