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Chronicle-Telegram 15 hours ago

Tigers 4, Indians 1: Trevor Bauer misses start, Tribe has no answer for Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez

DETROIT — No matter who was pitching, the Cleveland Indians wanted to avoid Miguel Cabrera. They did, and the Detroit slugger still managed to hurt them. Fill-in T.J. House started after Trevor Bauer was scratched with an illness, and the Indians wound up falling to the Tigers 4-1 Saturday. “Probably not the flu. Probably food Read More...The post Tigers 4, Indians 1: Trevor Bauer misses start, Tribe has no answer for Miguel Cabrera, Victor Martinez appeared first on Chronicle-Telegram.Click here to read this story on The Chronicle-Telegram.Content copyright The Chronicle-Telegram. Your...
Bless You Boys 21 hours ago

Detroit Tigers 4, Cleveland Indians 1: Game 18 Player of the Game

Who was today's Tigers player of the game in their 4-1 win over the Indians? After a 13-1 beating last night stretched their losing streak to four games, the Detroit Tigers got back in the win column with a solid all-around effort today. They jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and cruised to a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians, who were forced to use lefthander T.J. House instead of scheduled starter Trevor Bauer due to an illness. Victor Martinez led the way for the Tigers' offense, driving in the first three runs of the game with two singles. Miguel Cabrera was walked four...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 21, 2015
Analysis: Detroit Tigers' plan for Victor Martinez might depend on whether opposing team starts righty or lefty

Analysis: Detroit Tigers' plan for Victor Martinez might depend on whether opposing team starts righty or lefty

When asked specifically if the Tigers had considered putting Victor Martinez on the disabled list, manager Brad Ausmus said the Tigers have considered all options. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez was in the starting lineup Monday night. Whether he is on Tuesday night might tell you what the Detroit Tigers have planned for him for the immediate future. Martinez batted right-handed Monday night and hit the ball very well in a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees while battling a lingering issue with his left knee. Martinez didn't have any hits to show for his efforts, but...
Bless You Boys Apr 21, 2015

Brad Ausmus, J.D. Martinez push the right buttons in Detroit Tigers' hard-fought victory

Two key decisions made by the Tigers handed them a lead and maintained it even if one wasn't necessary and the other relied on history. DETROIT -- It wasn't technically necessary, but J.D. Martinez purposely got himself caught in a rundown on the bases Monday night. The move allowed Victor Martinez to score the go-ahead run for the Detroit Tigers, en route to a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees. And in the eighth inning, one pitch saved not only the tying run against Detroit, but possibly more. Victor Martinez, battling through knee discomfort, isn't fast to begin with, but Tigers manager...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision not to replace Victor Martinez with pinch runner late in tie game

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision not to replace Victor Martinez with pinch runner late in tie game

Ausmus said it was simply too early and Martinez is simply too good offensively to make that move then. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez represented the go-ahead run when he stood at second base with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Detroit Tigers did not have a runner reach second base in the first six innings Monday night in what turned out to be a 2-1 victory over the New York Yankees. Left-hander CC Sabathia was being especially stingy, so Martinez represented a huge run for the Tigers. Martinez is battling a left knee issue, so why did Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers injury update: Plan in place for Victor Martinez; Bruce Rondon set to throw bullpen

Detroit Tigers injury update: Plan in place for Victor Martinez; Bruce Rondon set to throw bullpen

Martinez, a switch hitter, is affected much more when he bats left-handed since the left knee carries the majority of the load when he hits from that side of the plate. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez was in the starting lineup Monday night, which means he is not heading to the disabled list. But the Detroit Tigers have weighed that option -- and basically every other possible option -- according to manager Brad Ausmus. "We've considered everything," Ausmus said when asked specifically about the possibility of a DL stint. "We've considered all the possibilities....
Grand Rapids Press Apr 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez in lineup at DH; James McCann to make third straight start

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez in lineup at DH; James McCann to make third straight start

Martinez doesnt have very good numbers against Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Martinez is hitting .212 (7 for 33) with two home runs, four RBIs, five strikeouts and a .681 OPS in his career against the left-hander. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is in the starting lineup in the series opener against the New York Yankees. Martinez has been slowed a bit after having knee surgery in February, but he is in the cleanup spot tonight as the designated hitter vs. the Yankees. Martinez doesn't have very good numbers against Yankees starter CC Sabathia. Martinez is hitting...
Bless You Boys Apr 19, 2015

Victor Martinez 'certainly not 100 percent' as left knee continues to recover

Victor Martinez's knee isn't going to knock him out of the lineup, but it's still not fully recovered and a recent aggravation to the top of his knee doesn't speed things up. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is not himself. Understandably so, the designated hitter is still recovering from medial meniscectomy surgery to his left knee on February 10. Martinez's recovery remained on track throughout spring training but the Detroit Tigers were careful not to rush him at any point. Martinez was on the Opening Day roster, but nearly three weeks later his bat is still catching up and on several...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez back in lineup for second straight day; Nick Castellanos returns

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez back in lineup for second straight day; Nick Castellanos returns

After being held out of the starting lineup for four straight games, Victor Martinez will make his second consecutive start as the Tigers designated hitter in Detroits series finale today. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is back in the lineup for a second straight day. After being held out of the starting lineup for four straight games this past week, Martinez will make his second consecutive start as the Tigers' designated hitter in Detroit's series finale against the Chicago White Sox at Comerica Park. Martinez has been slowed this week after seemingly tweaking his...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers will need to 'be careful' with Victor Martinez; Joe Nathan continues to show progress

Detroit Tigers will need to 'be careful' with Victor Martinez; Joe Nathan continues to show progress

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged Saturday that hell need to be careful with Victor Martinez, who is only two months removed from undergoing surgery on his left knee. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez has no problem hitting from the right side of the plate. The 36-year-old made that absolutely clear the last two days when he launched ball after ball over the left-field wall during batting practice at Comerica Park. But can he do it from the left side, too? That remains to be seen. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged Saturday that he'll need to "be careful"...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez back in starting lineup; Hernan Perez gets first start this season

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez back in starting lineup; Hernan Perez gets first start this season

Victor Martinez has been tabbed Detroits designated hitter against the Chicago White Sox today after being held out of the starting lineup the past four days. Hell bat cleanup. DETROIT -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus wasn't lying. Victor Martinez is back. Martinez has been tabbed Detroit's designated hitter against the Chicago White Sox today after being held out of the starting lineup the past four games. As expected, he'll bat cleanup behind Miguel Cabrera. J.D. Martinez, who has hit fourth in Martinez's absence this week, will return to the No. 5 spot in the...
Bless You Boys Apr 17, 2015

Detroit Tigers notes: Victor Martinez sits for 4th game, Justin Verlander will miss next start

Meanwhile, Joe Nathan and Bruce Rondon continue their rehabilitation assignments, and Yoenis Cespedes is DH'ing against the White Sox because of age. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is out of the lineup for the fourth consecutive game and Justin Verlander will not be making his next start. Kyle Lobstein will get his second major league start of the 2015 season for the Detroit Tigers, and Yoenis Cespedes is serving as the team's designated hitter today. Martinez hasn't started since the road game against the Cleveland Indians on April 12. He's struck out five times in eight games, a number he...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 17, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez (left knee) held out as precaution, expected to return to lineup Saturday

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez (left knee) held out as precaution, expected to return to lineup Saturday

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that he held Victor Martinez out of Fridays lineup as a precaution, and said the 36-year-old is available to pinch-hit today. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez wasn't in today's starting lineup. But he'll be back in it tomorrow. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Friday that he held Martinez out of the starting lineup as a precaution, and said the 36-year-old is available to pinch-hit today. "He'll be back in there tomorrow," Ausmus said prior to the Tigers' series opener against the Chicago White...
Grand Rapids Press Apr 17, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez held out of starting lineup; Yoenis Cespedes tabbed DH

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez held out of starting lineup; Yoenis Cespedes tabbed DH

Victor Martinez has been held out of the starting lineup for Detroits series opener against the Chicago White Sox today at Comerica Park. DETROIT -- The Detroit Tigers will play with a designated hitter today. But it won't be Victor Martinez. Martinez has been held out of the starting lineup for Detroit's series opener against the Chicago White Sox today at Comerica Park.  Martinez was spotted grabbing at his back after striking out in the ninth inning during a pinch-hit at-bat on Tuesday. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus admitted after Tuesday's game that he was...
Bless You Boys Apr 13, 2015

Victor Martinez should have pinch hit for Nick Castellanos in the 9th inning

In the ninth inning Nick Castellanos grounded into a crucial double play, one that could have been avoided. Monday the Detroit Tigers entered the ninth inning down 5-1, with four of their best hitters set to bat. A last chance rally with no outs put them within one, but the Tigers ultimately came up short as they fell to the Pirates 5-4 in Pittsburgh. If Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had played it another way, though, the result might not have been the same and Detroit could have remained undefeated. In his postgame interview on Fox Sports Detroit, Ausmus said he considered having Victor...

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