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Grand Rapids Press Mar 28, 2015
Detroit Tigers optimistic Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez will be ready to play opening day

Detroit Tigers optimistic Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez will be ready to play opening day

When Tigers manager Brad Ausmus finally unveils Detroits opening day lineup, dont be surprised if it includes the teams top two hitters. Watch video   LAKELAND, Fla. -- When Tigers manager Brad Ausmus finally unveils Detroit's opening day lineup, don't be surprised if it includes the team's top two hitters. Ausmus wasn't ready to pencil Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez in the opening day lineup Saturday, but the second-year manager told reporters he's "optimistic" both players will be ready to play against the Minnesota Twins on April 6. "I'd...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 27, 2015
Will Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez get enough at-bats? Real question: Do they really need them?

Will Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez get enough at-bats? Real question: Do they really need them?

It seems more and more likely all the time that Cabrera and Martinez will be in the opening day lineup together. Even if theyre not at their best, well, their not best is better than most. LAKELAND, Fla. -- What if Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez don't get the optimal number of at-bats prior to the start of the regular season? What if they don't have their rhythm back entirely by opening day? Should they be in the starting lineup? The answer seems clear, even clearer after the pair helped the Detroit Tigers rally for a 6-4 victory Thursday over the...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
Tigers 6, Orioles 4: Miguel Cabrera homers, knocks in three; Victor Martinez hits tiebreaking home run

Tigers 6, Orioles 4: Miguel Cabrera homers, knocks in three; Victor Martinez hits tiebreaking home run

Tigers starter David Price retired the first 10 batters he faced and the last 10 batters he faced, but the Orioles scored three runs on three hits in between those streaks. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera is one of the top run producers in all of baseball. On Thursday, he knocked in his first run of the spring. Then he knocked in another one. And then another. Then Victor Martinez knocked in two big runs as well. Cabrera and Martinez hit their first home runs of spring Thursday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers pulled out a 6-4 win over the Baltimore...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez running with 'hitch' in step; Alex Avila will get shot at first base

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez running with 'hitch' in step; Alex Avila will get shot at first base

When asked early Thursday if Brad Ausmus has noticed Victor Martinez running gingerly this spring, Ausmus said he first spotted a hitch on Wednesday and has inquired about it. LAKELAND, Fla. -- If it looks like Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is running with a bit of a hitch in his step, you're not alone. Brad Ausmus sees it, too. When asked early Thursday if Ausmus has noticed Martinez running gingerly this spring, Ausmus said he first spotted it Wednesday and has inquired about it. "(Martinez) says he feels good. I talked to him (Wednesday),"...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez back in lineup; David Price battles O's

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez back in lineup; David Price battles O's

Miguel Cabrera is back at first base for a second straight day, and Victor Martinez is back at the DH spot for a second consecutive day. Neither player suffered a setback Wednesday. Who: Detroit Tigers (8-15-2) vs. Baltimore Orioles (9-14) Where: Joker Marchant Stadium. First pitch: 1:05 p.m. Television: MLB Network, FOX Sports Detroit Radio: WXYT 1270 Twitter: Follow Chris Iott and James Schmehl STARTING LINEUPS Detroit Tigers 1. Rajai Davis, CF 2. Ian Kinsler, 2B 4. Victor Martinez, DH 5. J.D. Martinez, RF 6. Yoenis Cespedes, LF 7. Alex Avila, C 8. Nick...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 25, 2015
Victor Martinez likely no longer an option at first base for Detroit Tigers, probably relegated to DH role

Victor Martinez likely no longer an option at first base for Detroit Tigers, probably relegated to DH role

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that, right now, he doesnt envision giving designated hitter Victor Martinez any starts at first base this season. TAMPA, Fla. -- Victor Martinez probably won't make any appearances at catcher for the Detroit Tigers this year. He'll likely no longer be asked to play first base, either. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday that, right now, he doesn't envision giving Martinez any starts at first base this season. The announcement comes nearly a week after Ausmus said he didn't expect Martinez to play any games at catcher...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 24, 2015

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez gets more at-bats in minor league game

The Detroit Tigers can use just one designated hitter in Grapefruit League games. So with Miguel Cabrera in the lineup for the Tigers tonight against the New York Yankees, Victor Martinez took some at-bats in a minor league game on one of the back fields at Tigertown.
Grand Rapids Press Mar 22, 2015
Braves 5, Tigers 3: Victor Martinez goes hitless in three at-bats in first Grapefruit League action

Braves 5, Tigers 3: Victor Martinez goes hitless in three at-bats in first Grapefruit League action

Martinez went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts. KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Judging by the results, Victor Martinez's return to the Detroit lineup on Sunday was nothing to brag about. That he was in the lineup was all the slugger cared about. Martinez went 0 for 3 with a strikeout and a pair of groundouts in a 5-3 split-squad loss to the Braves, his first action of the spring following left knee surgery in February. Afterward, the runner-up in the 2014 Most Valuable Player voting said he was happy with his debut. "It feels great to get the first one...
Bless You Boys Mar 22, 2015

Spring Training GameThread: Tigers vs. Braves, vs. Nationals

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez return to MLB action today as the Tigers match up against the Nationals and Braves. Detroit Tigers at Atlanta Braves Time/Place: 1:05 p.m., Champion Stadium SB Nation blog: Talking Chop Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Gameday Audio Pitching Matchup: LHP Kyle Lobstein (1-0, 3.00 ERA) vs. RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 6.14 ERA) Also scheduled to pitch: RHP Al Alburquerque, RHP Buck Farmer, RHP Alberto Cabrera, RHP Bruce Rondon Tigers lineup: Ian Kinsler, 2B Jose Iglesias, SS Victor Martinez, DH Tyler Collins, LF James McCann, C Aaron Westlake, 1B Jefry...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 22, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Victor Martinez to make spring debut in split-squad road game vs. Braves

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Victor Martinez to make spring debut in split-squad road game vs. Braves

Martinez had six at-bats Saturday in a minor league game and then participated in running drills. Who: Detroit Tigers (7-13-1) at Atlanta BravesWhere: Champion Stadium at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.First pitch: 1:05 p.m.Television: Fox Sports Detroit (Fox Sports South feed)Radio: Not available. STARTING LINEUPSDetroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Jose Iglesias, SS3. Victor Martinez, DH4. Tyler Collins, LF5. James McCann, C6. Aaron Westlake, 1B7. Jefry Marte, 3B8. Andrew Romine, RF9. Anthony Gose, CF* Probable pitchers: Kyle Lobstein GAME...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 21, 2015
Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez feel good after taking big step toward returning to lineup

Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez feel good after taking big step toward returning to lineup

If Cabrera and Martinez feel good Sunday morning they will be the designated hitters in separate split-squad games with Cabrera potentially playing in Lakeland and Martinez on the road at Disney. Watch video LAKELAND, Fla. -- Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez both want to play Sunday. It seems likely that they will get their wish. Neither is on the tentative lineup cards for Sunday's split-squad games for the Detroit Tigers, but both of them could end up being designated hitters in separate games. Manager Brad Ausmus likes the progress he is...
Bless You Boys Mar 21, 2015

Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez could make spring training debuts on Sunday

Cabrera and Martinez are still questionable for Opening Day, but could see some game action for the Tigers tomorrow. Stay calm. Or try your best, at least. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said on Saturday that both Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez may see their first game action of the spring as early as Sunday. The Tigers have a pair of split-squad games scheduled against the Washington Nationals and Atlanta Braves, with the latter marking Fox Sports Detroit's first television broadcast of the season. Cabrera and Martinez have been sidelined due to injury, but both are progressing well enough...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 21, 2015
Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez could see first game action for Detroit Tigers as early as Sunday

Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez could see first game action for Detroit Tigers as early as Sunday

The Tigers have a rare off-day Monday, so if Cabrera and/or Martinez cannot play Sunday, their next opportunity to get into a game would be Tuesday night in Tampa against the New York Yankees. LAKELAND, Fla. -- Detroit Tigers fans have waited a long time for Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez to see their first game action of spring. That wait might end very soon. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Saturday morning that there is a chance that both Cabrera and Martinez could play Sunday. Their status will be determined after they go through workouts today. "The final...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez not expected to catch at any point this season or likely for years to come

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez not expected to catch at any point this season or likely for years to come

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Wednesday that he doesnt envision putting Martinez behind the plate at any point this season. BRADENTON, Fla. -- The days of Victor Martinez donning catcher's gear might be long gone. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Wednesday that he doesn't envision putting Martinez behind the plate at any point this season. "I don't think it'd be smart with those knee issues to catch Victor," Ausmus said about Martinez, who continues to recover from the minor knee surgery he underwent last month. And given Martinez's age and...
Grand Rapids Press Mar 15, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez nearing returns; could make spring debuts this week

Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez nearing returns; could make spring debuts this week

Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are both expected to appear in an exhibition game before camp breaks. Its possible both could make their spring debut as early as this week. JUPITER, Fla. -- Barring a setback, Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez are both expected to appear in an exhibition game before camp breaks in early April. And it's possible both could make their spring debut as early as this week. Two days after being cleared to run at full speed, both Cabrera and Martinez have started running the bases, and Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said there's a...

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