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May 24, 2009 | Dylan Hernandez
More than seven weeks of the regular season had been played, but Russell Martin went into Saturday without a home run to his name. Has Martin lost his power? He said he doesn't think so. "I hit five in spring training," he said. The All-Star catcher denied being worried. "I'm not really a home run hitter," he said. Martin hit 13 home runs last season but had 19 in 2007, the most among National League catchers.
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October 2, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
The Dodgers have participated in the National League division series seven times. Here's how they fared: 1981 Dodgers 3, Houston 2 In the first NLDS - held because the season was split in two by a players' strike - the Dodgers rallied from a 2-0 series deficit to win the final three games at Dodger Stadium. Jerry Reuss outpitched Nolan Ryan, 4-0, in Game 5. Steve Garvey was the batting star, hitting .368 with two home runs. 1995 Cincinnati 3, Dodgers 0 The Reds outclassed the Dodgers, outscoring them 22-7.
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August 21, 2009 | DYLAN HERNANDEZ, ON THE DODGERS
The crowd remained standing. Russell Martin ran up the stairs of the dugout and raised his helmet. In a season of countless lows, Martin had one of his few highs, belting a grand slam over the left-field wall that broke a sixth-inning stalemate and sent the Dodgers to a 7-2 victory over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday night at Dodger Stadium. The home run, which came after an intentional walk to James Loney, was only the fourth for Martin and the curtain call his first. The timing was perfect.
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July 31, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Usually the umpires are the ones who try to keep the peace when tempers heat up on the baseball diamond. But during Tuesday afternoon's game between Pittsburgh and St. Louis at PNC Park, home plate umpire Eric Cooper had to be restrained by Pirates catcher Russell Martin from angrily approaching pitcher A.J. Burnett on the mound. It all started when the Cardinals' John Jay appeared to have struck out swinging as the ball hit his foot. But Cooper thought the ball hit the dirt and ruled it a dropped third strike.
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March 31, 2010
San Francisco 6, Dodgers 2 AT THE PLATE: In his first major league game since returning from a groin strain that sidelined him for most of the month, Russell Martin caught six innings and was 0 for 2 with a walk and a run. Martin said he expects to be ready to play on opening day. ON THE MOUND: Opening-day starter Vicente Padilla was charged with three runs (one earned) and four hits in three innings. Fifth-starter candidate Russ Ortiz held the Giants to one run over three innings.
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March 24, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Russell Martin is ahead of schedule in his recovery, enough so that he is slated to catch four innings of a minor league game today and has some club officials cautiously optimistic that he will be ready for opening day. Martin, who was expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks with a groin strain he suffered earlier this month, ran the bases on Monday and Wednesday. "I was pain free," Martin said. "It feels awesome." Martin was not ready to make any promises about opening day, but said his groin has healed to the point that he does not think it will keep him out of the lineup on April 5 in Pittsburgh.
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June 3, 2011 | Bill Dwyre
Russell Martin is in town, and his presence triggers thoughts of a movie. "Escape From Alcatraz. " Martin is a Yankee now. When he gets in his crouch behind the plate these days, it is in the uniform of Ruth and Gehrig, not Koufax and Reese. Say it ain't so, Joe. Martin was the Dodgers' All-Star catcher in 2007-'08. Many considered him to be the best at his position in baseball in those seasons. He was a homegrown Dodgers draftee, part of the core built by the Dodgers minor league organization to take the fabled team to successes well into the second decade of this century.
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November 16, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Dodgers General Manager Ned Colletti has a lot of decisions to make over the next couple of weeks, but few figure to be as difficult or time consuming as the one regarding catcher Russell Martin. The team has until Dec. 2 to offer Martin a contract or allow him to become a free agent. Martin made $5 million last year when a hip injury limited him to a career-low 97 games, and he could make more next season in salary arbitration if the Dodgers keep him. "Russell's the one that we're going to spend the most time debating," Colletti said Tuesday during a break at Major League Baseball's annual general managers' meetings.
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August 5, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
He hobbled into a Dodgers clubhouse wearing checkered shorts, cocked baseball cap and a defiant grin, the precocious kid who once caught nothing but love. He was using crutches, but he was going to be in uniform. He couldn't catch pitches, but he would be in the dugout cheering for them. "I'm still part of this team, man," he said, as if to remind us he was still Russell Martin. But then he sighed, paused, and his pained words confirmed that he's no longer that Russell Martin.
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May 15, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Long before many of the Dodgers straggle into the visitors' clubhouse in Miami this afternoon, Russell Martin and Brad Ausmus will have already gone to work. In what has become a ritual before the start of a new series, the two catchers will find a table in a quiet corner of the clubhouse and begin poring over color-coded cards that detail the tendencies of the opposing team's hitters. "It's just like doing homework with a buddy," Martin said. "It's brutal when you do it by yourself.
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April 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Even by Clayton Kershaw's elevated standards, this was a special week. Already considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, Kershaw looked as if he could be on the verge of becoming a force. Kershaw was nearly perfect over the first seven innings of a Dodgers 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, his performance as effortless as his four-hit shutout on opening day five days earlier. Kershaw (2-0) held the visitors at Dodger Stadium to two hits, drawing the ever-growing admiration of teammates.
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April 6, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Even by Clayton Kershaw's elevated standards, this was a special week. Already considered one of the best pitchers in baseball, Kershaw looked as if he could be on the verge of becoming a force. Kershaw was nearly perfect over the first seven innings of a Dodgers 1-0 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday, his performance as effortless as his four-hit shutout on opening day five days earlier. BOX SCORE: Dodgers 1, Pirates 0 Kershaw (2-0) held the visitors at Dodger Stadium to two hits, drawing the ever-growing admiration of teammates.
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April 5, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
Back at Dodger Stadium for the first time in more than two years, Russell Martin was pleasantly surprised to learn part of his legacy was still in the ballpark he used to call home. On his way to the visiting clubhouse, Martin walked by a recently renovated hallway that exhibits awards won by former and current Dodgers. In one of the cases was a replica of a Gold Glove he won in 2007. "It brought back some good memories," said Martin, now a 30-year-old catcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
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February 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo," former Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
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February 13, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Mike Piazza has not set foot in Dodger Stadium since his retirement. When the Dodgers offered to honor him with a bobblehead night last season, Piazza declined. "He doesn't want to come back because he thinks the fans will boo ," former Dodgers Manager Tom Lasorda, the godfather to Piazza's brother, told The Times last month. Piazza did himself no favors on that score in his new book, "Long Shot. " In the book, he blames iconic Dodgers broadcaster Vin Scully for turning fans against him during the contract stalemate that preceded his trade to the Florida Marlins in 1998.
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December 2, 2012 | By Bill Shaikin
Did you hear about the Dodgers' latest bobblehead doll? The torso is a miniature ATM, dressed in a Dodgers jersey. Ask if the Dodgers are interested in a prominent player, and the cute little thing nods yes and spits out dollar bills, all at the same time. The Dodgers swagger into the winter meetings in Nashville, their newfound financial muscle so menacing that rival executives grudgingly suspect - and agents happily whisper - that the team is in on every available star. "We're the opposite of the mystery team," Dodgers President Stan Kasten said.
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July 17, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
Manny Ramirez and Russell Martin don't appear headed for the disabled list, Manager Joe Torre said. "I don't think that's a consideration," Torre said. Ramirez was pulled in the first inning on Friday because of tightness in his right calf. Martin was taken out late in the eighth inning of the same game because of a swollen thumb on his catching hand. Of Ramirez, Torre said, "He feels better than yesterday." Before Saturday's game, Torre said Ramirez might be available to pinch-hit, but Ramirez did not make an appearance in the loss to the Cardinals.
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October 1, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
By Josh Beckett's estimation, the most important play in the Dodgers' 7-1 victory over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday was a third-inning double play started by second baseman Mark Ellis . "That was huge," Beckett said. "Play of the game for me. " On the play in question, the Rockies had the bases loaded with one out. Jordan Pacheco hit a grounder to Ellis' left. Beckett thought the ball might reach the outfield and allow two runs to score. "That would have put us in a hole," Beckett said.
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September 26, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
SAN DIEGO -- Catcher A.J. Ellis won the seventh annual Roy Campanella Award, which is given to the Dodgers player who best exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the late Hall of Fame catcher. The award was voted on by Dodgers players and coaches. Ellis will be presented with the award on Saturday at Dodger Stadium by Campanella's daughter, Joni Campanella Roan. Ellis is 31 years old but in his first full season as a major leaguer. Ellis ranks fourth in the major leagues with 125 games caught.
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