New York, NY (Sports Network) - Pittsburgh Pirates catcher Russell Martin
has been selected as the National League's Player of the Week for the period
ending April 28.
Martin batted .375 (9-for-24) and led the National League with four home runs,
a .958 slugging percentage and 23 total bases over six games, five of which
were Pittsburgh wins. He also finished the week among league-leaders in hits
and added six RBI and five runs scored.
In addition, the 30-year-old recorded the seventh multi-homer effort of his
career in Sunday's 9-0 victory over St. Louis. Martin added a double to his
three-hit performance, becoming just the second Pirate catcher in the last 50
years to have three extra-base hits with at least two home runs in a single
The veteran catcher ranks second in the National League among catchers with 12
runs scored and fourth in homers with five this season.
Others considered for the award were fellow Pirates Pedro Alvarez and Jeff
Locke; Colorado's Dexter Fowler and Eric Young, Jr.; Milwaukee's Carlos Gomez;
Philadelphia's Ryan Howard, Michael Young and Kyle Kendrick; Arizona's Gerardo
Parra; Miami's Giancarlo Stanton; Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani; Los Angeles
Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw; and Washington's Jordan Zimmermann.
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