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Russell Martin signs with Pirates

Updated: December 1, 2012, 12:04 AM ET
Associated Press

PITTSBURGH -- Russell Martin is going from a franchise that has won a record 27 World Series titles to a franchise that has endured a record 20 consecutive losing seasons.

Yet Martin, a catcher, said Friday he is excited about joining the Pittsburgh Pirates after finalizing a $17 million, two-year contract as a free agent. Martin spent the last two seasons with the New York Yankees.

"It's going to be different," Martin said. "It's going to be a challenge but I think the Pirates ...

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