Today, this 18th day of September in 2013, Russell Martin gets an off-day. Normally, Martin would see a day off on day-game following a night game as tomorrow's 12:35 start will follow tonight's first pitch at 7:05.
In the month of September, following a 0-for-4 outing at the plate last night, Martin is now 4-for-40 in the final unit of the season's six-month calendar. His batting average now sits at .229, the first time Martin's average has dipped below the .230 threshold since he ended April 26 hitting .227.

The grind of the 2013 season may be starting to catch up to Russell Martin. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Despite the lack of offensive production lately, manager Clint Hurdle says the off-day  to keep his starting catcher fresh for a rather pertinent slate of upcoming games.
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