The Pirates Unlimited Supply of Russell Martins

From 1990 to 1992, the Pittsburgh Pirates averaged just over 96 wins per season. They were led by Jim Leyland and what we thought at the time were the peak seasons of Barry Bonds. The early ’90s Pirates were great, but they lost in the NLCS three times and then became the Pirates. From 1993 to 2012, their best finish was 79-83 and there were a lot of finishes worse than that....
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Norwich City-Southampton Preview

The darlings of the Premier League last season, Southampton are off to a nightmare start to 2015-16. Following their stunning midweek elimination from the Europa League, the Saints again go for their first victory of the season Sunday against Norwich City. Widely celebrated as a refreshing change in the Premier League last season, Southampton (0-2-1) challenged for a Champions League...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

West Brom-Stoke City Preview

Two sides still looking for their first Premier League win of the season go head-to-head Saturday when Stoke City welcome West Bromwich Albion to the Britannia Stadium. The Potters (0-2-1) have failed to win any of their first three league matches for the first time since 2012. The opened with a 1-0 home defeat against Liverpool followed by back-to-back draws at Tottenham Hotspur...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Norwich draws 1-1 with Stoke in Premier League

NORWICH, England (AP) Xherdan Shaqiri had an assist on his debut to help Stoke earn a 1-1 draw at Norwich on Saturday in the Premier League. Shaqiri, who looked lively throughout, set up Mame Biram Diouf for Stoke's opener in the 11th minute before Russell Martin equalized for the hosts in the 28th. The Switzerland international became Stoke's record signing when he joined from...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Stoke City-Norwich City Preview

Two sides looking to build on encouraging performances last time out meet at Carrow Road on Saturday when newly promoted Norwich City host Stoke City. The Canaries secured a deserved first Premier League win of the season with an impressive 3-1 victory at Sunderland last Saturday. Strikes from Russell Martin, Steven Whittaker and Nathan Redmond gave Alex Neil's side a three-goal...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Series Showdown: Phillies versus Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays (65-54) @ Philadelphia Phillies (46-72) Game Times: Tuesday & Wednesday - 7:05 Batting & Fielding: C - Russell Martin vs. Carlos Ruiz 1B - Edwin Encarnacion vs. Ryan Howard 2B - Ryan Goins vs. Cesar Hernandez SS - Troy Tulowitzki vs. Freddy Galvis 3B - Josh Donaldson vs. Maikel Franco LF - Ben Revere vs. Cody Asche CF - Kevin Pillar vs. Odubel...
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11 days ago  |  Discuss

Nothing to See Here, Just Russell Martin Climbing a Dugout Fence

Russell Martin was obviously the kid on the playground who had no fear. — Ian Hunter (@BlueJayHunter) August 11, 2015 Blue Jays...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Martin: Blue Jays 'the best team I've played on'

Russell Martin has played for quite a few good teams, reaching the postseason six times in his 10-year career.However, the 2015 Toronto Blue Jays might top them all.“We’re looking like the best team I’ve ever been on,” Martin told reporters after sweeping the New York Yankees. “And with the additions we made, definitely. We’re a deep team now. I like our chances.”The...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

A Guide for Returning Blue Jays Fans

Hey, Blue Jays fans who’ve been away from the game for a while – welcome back! The flurry of deadline deals that the club made will no doubt bring many of you former fans back into the fold – I would think that the good folks at Rogers, always conscious of the bottom line, are counting on many of you to watch the games on one of their many platforms, but merchandise, and even...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates: 2015 trade deadline hangover

A letter grade ranking of each trade Pirates GM Neal Huntington executed leading up to the July 31st non-waiver MLB Trade Deadline. Martin was a huge addition to the 2013 and 2014 teams Neal Huntington struck gold on a number of players that I never saw coming.  I was initially critical when the GM signed Francisco Liriano and Russell Martin to free agent contracts in the...
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales Avoids Russell Martin's Tag at the Plate In Masterful Fashion During Royals-Blue Jays Game

Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin should have tagged Kendrys Morales out on the lay below. He had the ball he was able to get in position. Somehow Morales pulled off a tremendous trick by stopping his slide and letting Martin's momentum take him past the plate so he could step over him and score.Well done. Well done indeed.via Cut4Read more »
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrys Morales scores with incredible slide (Video)

Kendrys Morales pulled out the phantom slide move on Russell Martin Friday, and it worked to perfection. During the top of the first inning of the Royals’ game against the Blue Jays in Toronto, new KC acquisition Ben Zobrist laced a single to right field. It scored Eric Hosmer easily, but Morales looked like he...Read More
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29 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals fall to Blue Jays 5-2 in opener of four-game series

TORONTO -- Dioner Navarro hit a two-run home run, Russell Martin and Josh Donaldson added solo shots and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Kansas City Royals 5-2 on Thursday night. The Blue Jays, who acquired star pitcher David Price from Detroit earlier in the day, have homered in 12 consecutive games since the All-Star break, their longest streak of the season. Price was not with...
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July 30, 2015  |  Discuss

The Blue Jays’ ongoing search for a starting pitcher

The American League playoff hunt is as tight as ever and with the deadline looming a week away, teams are grasping for that one piece they believe will push them over the edge. For the Blue Jays, that piece is a starting pitcher and they haven’t quite been lucky enough to snare one yet. Just 5.5 games out of the East and three back in the Wild Card, the Blue Jays have the offense...
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July 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays-Mariners Preview

The Toronto Blue Jays own baseball's highest-scoring offense in four years, but they figure to be in for a challenge against one of the game's elite pitchers. Felix Hernandez looks to get the better of Toronto for the second time this season Friday night when he takes the mound for the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. The Blue Jays (49-48) are three games behind Minnesota for the...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Martin, Donaldson homer to help Blue Jays power past A's 5-2

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Russell Martin homered, doubled and drove in three runs, Josh Donaldson went deep against his former team and the Toronto Blue Jays powered past the Oakland Athletics 5-2 on Thursday. The Blue Jays continued their pop at the plate to give knuckleballer R.A. Dickey (4-10) all the support he needed. Dickey allowed two runs and five hits in 8 1-3 innings in place...
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July 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Two Toronto Blue Jays to join Donaldson for All-Star Game

It looks like Josh Donaldson won't be the lone Toronto Blue Jays representative at the All-Star Game.The league announced Monday that Russell Martin and Jose Bautista will be joining him in Cincinnati.The Blue Jays catcher will be playing in the Midsummer Classic for the fourth time in his career, first since 2011.Jose Bautista is an All-Star for the sixth consecutive season, all...
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July 06, 2015  |  Discuss

DraftKings: Shelby Miller, Russell Martin Star In Tom Caron’s Lineup

Whether it was too many hot dogs or a few too many brews, chances are you’re recovering from your Fourth of July festivities Sunday. So why not try to win some awesome prizes? DraftKings, the official fantasy partner of the Boston Red Sox, offers one-day fantasy baseball games, allowing users to set a new lineup every day. Now the website is teaming up with NESN to offer fans an...
July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Selecting the 2015 American League All-Stars

Yesterday, we tackled the National League’s 34 most deserving candidates, so today, we’ll do the American League. When it comes to picking players, I lean very heavily towards in-season performance, as I tend towards the camp that sees the game as a reward for the players more than a showcase for the fans. It is […]
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June 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays' Roberto Osuna impresses Russell Martin in second career save

He's just 20 years old. He only has two saves in his big league career. But Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna is impressing his team's leader.After notching his second career save (a four-out save to boot), catcher Russell Martin spoke highly of his young closer, noting his perfect execution of his pitches to get that last out.“He called me out to the mound and was like, ‘Hey...
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June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Cervelli serving as Russell Martin Lite for Bucs

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June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Russell Martin hits go-ahead 11th inning homer, Jays win 10 straight (Video)

Another day, another hero for the Toronto Blue Jays.Tied 4-4 in the 11th inning, Russell Martin came to the plate and hit an absolute no-doubter to put the Jays up:That's 10-straight wins for the red-hot Blue Jays, who will face Boston Red Sox rookie phenom Eduardo Rodriguez in the series finale.
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Martin plays hero again, leads Blue Jays to 10th straight win

BOSTON -- Russell Martin delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight day, a leadoff home run in the 11th inning Saturday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their 10th straight win, 5-4 over the Boston Red Sox. The winning streak is Toronto's longest since it took 11 in a row in June 2013. Boston, in last place in the AL East, lost its fifth straight game and fell a season...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Blue Jays win 10th straight, Martin HR in 11th beats Red Sox

BOSTON (AP) Russell Martin delivered the go-ahead hit for the second straight day, a leadoff home run in the 11th inning Saturday that sent the Toronto Blue Jays to their 10th straight win, 5-4 over the Boston Red Sox. The winning streak is Toronto's longest since it took 11 in a row in June 2013. Boston, in last place in the AL East, lost its fifth straight game and fell a season...
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June 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Red Sox Wrap: Russell Martin’s Homer Gives Blue Jays 5-4 Win In 11 Innings

BOSTON — The Red Sox are staring their second consecutive sweep directly in the face. The Red Sox rallied back from a four-run deficit Saturday to tie their game against the Toronto Blue Jays 4-4 in the sixth inning. The Jays had the last laugh, though, as Russell Martin launched a solo homer over the Green Monster in the 11th inning to propel Toronto to a 5-4 win. The Red Sox...
June 13, 2015  |  Discuss
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