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Martin Officially Reaching "En Fuego" Status

Thursday, Aug 21, 2014  • Updated 2:59 PM CDT
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Leonys Martin #2 de los rangers de Texas. Center Field. Gana $3,250,000. Nombre completo: Leonys Martin. NaciĆ³: 3/6/1988 in Villa Clara, Cuba.

The Texas Rangers have been saying for quite some time that they are hoping for a strong finish to the lost 2014 campaign by center fielder Leonys Martin.

And so far, ever since a big heart-to-heart with manager Ron Washington last week, Martin is gladly obliging.

The Cuban center fielder, who's batting .500 in the Rangers' last eight games (15-for-30), was once again a key cog in the Rangers' offense on Wednesday afternoon when he went 3-for-4. In those past eight games, Martin now has five multi-hit games.

Martin extended a two-out rally in the first inning to give the Rangers an early 3-0 lead when his RBI single scored J.P. Arencibia, and by the time the next inning rolled around, the Rangers were holding a 5-0 lead.

Martin has his season average back up to .268 after it had dipped into the .240s just a couple of weeks ago.