Francona praises Martinez's leadership

Francona praises Martinez's leadership

BOSTON -- Victor Martinez isn't off to the start he envisioned offensively or defensively, but manager Terry Francona praised him for continuing to be an upbeat leader.

This was the case even on Tuesday, the night Martinez allowed the Rangers nine stolen bases.

"The interesting thing was when we won that game, if you look at the video, he's out there jumping out on that pile," Francona said. "That was a tough game for everybody. That said a lot. And then watching him yesterday, how he handled himself, there's a genuine excitement and care for trying to lead our staff. They all believe that. So sometimes you've got to be patient."

Martinez, who was not in the lineup for Wednesday's victory, was back behind the plate on Thursday, batting fifth.

Ian Browne is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.