Martin will move from catcher to shortstop for Team Canada when the tournament begins next month. It's a refreshing change for the 30-year-old, who began his professional career as a third baseman before being moved to catcher while still in the minors.
The three-time All-Star says moonlighting at short will break-up the repetition of spring training. He says he wasn't interested in catching for Canada because he didn't really want to try to master a pitching staff he didn't know that well. Martin already has his hands full trying to get a read on Pittsburgh's rotation.
Martin signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates in the offseason and says he thinks the team can win now.
Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press
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