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Money in the bank: Pirates catcher Russell Martin's exceptional season

Russell Martin begins this day on his back, on a table, in the upstairs loft space of a small Garfield gym. Before his day ends, he will have caught nine innings and hit a home run in the Pirates' victory against the Detroit Tigers. To keep his body -- 31 years old in calendar years, Lord knows how old in catcher years -- limber and fresh, he comes here, to be stretched and kneaded and kept in top form. He already had a bowl of cereal, but after this, he would grab another bite; his girlfriend's parents were in town. Then, he'd head to Pilates before arriving at the ballpark for a weightlifting session. In his ninth major league season, this is what it takes to assemble an exemplary year...

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