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Grand Rapids Press 6 hours ago
Victor Martinez directs harsh words at Pittsburgh Pirates: 'I have no respect for no one on that team'

Victor Martinez directs harsh words at Pittsburgh Pirates: 'I have no respect for no one on that team'

Victor Martinez was none too happy with Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole after being struck by a pitch in the fifth inning Tuesday. He was still steaming after the game, too. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez clearly wasn't happy when he was struck by a pitch in the fourth inning on Tuesday night. He was still steaming after the game, too. Martinez sounded off Tuesday and directed harsh words at Pirates ace Gerrit Cole and Pittsburgh's coaching staff when asked about being plunked following Detroit's 5-4 loss. "I mean, I...
Grand Rapids Press 17 hours ago
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus explains his reasoning behind latest pinch-running decisions

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus explains his reasoning behind latest pinch-running decisions

Why did Tigers manager Brad Ausmus take Victor Martinez out of the game Thursday, but decide to keep him in the game on Sunday? Did he change his tune? Not quite. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was heavily criticized when he elected to lift Victor Martinez for a pinch-runner in the ninth inning last Thursday. The decision seemingly backfired when Martinez was no longer available to bat when his spot in the lineup came back up the 10th inning with the bases loaded. A similar situation played out Sunday when Martinez hit a game-tying double in the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 29, 2015
Analysis: Despite small sample size, Victor Martinez has already proven he's healthy and dangerous

Analysis: Despite small sample size, Victor Martinez has already proven he's healthy and dangerous

What weve seen from Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez these past 10 days isnt just a flash in the pan. Hes not simply catching lucky breaks. Martinez is back. The healthy one. DETROIT -- There's no need to wonder anymore. It's not a fluke. What we've seen from Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez these past 10 days isn't just a flash in the pan. He's not simply catching lucky breaks. Martinez is back. The healthy one. Martinez's surgically repaired left knee, the one he had trouble putting weight on earlier this season? It's no longer an issue....
Bless You Boys Jun 28, 2015

Tigers 5, White Sox 4: James McCann, 8th inning rally steals close win for Detroit

It looked like a slumbering loss for the Tigers until Victor Martinez cleared the bases and McCann homered to save the game, and David Price. It was not the start David Price or the Detroit Tigers were expecting to see. Price had a shaky outing, but it was the offense that, silent through seven innings, bounced back in a huge way and saved the game. After Victor Martinez tied the game in the eighth, James McCann walked it off with a huge home run, giving the Tigers a 5-4 win over the Chicago White Sox and a series win. Facing Jeff Samardzija (I didn't even have to copy+paste this time),...
Bless You Boys Jun 25, 2015

Brad Ausmus should not have pulled Victor Martinez

In a fateful decision Thursday night, manager Brad Ausmus pinch ran Josh Wilson for Victor Martinez. The move backfired when Wilson did not score and made the final out of the game. Victor Martinez has been on a tear since returning from the disabled list. He added three hits and a walk to his offensive resurgence Thursday afternoon, including a two-out single in the ninth with nobody on. With the game tied at 5-5, it appeared extra innings were in order. Instead, manager Brad Ausmus played for the win in the ninth. He pulled Martinez from the game with two outs and inserted Josh Wilson as...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2015
Tigers 12, Yankees 4: J.D. Martinez smashes three home runs to help Detroit snap losing streak

Tigers 12, Yankees 4: J.D. Martinez smashes three home runs to help Detroit snap losing streak

J.D. Martinez belted three home runs and drove in six runs, and Victor Martinez launched a two-run homer and had four RBIs as the Tigers pounded out 15 hits in a blowout win. Whatever it was that Detroit manager Brad Ausmus told his team Saturday night, the Tigers clearly got the message. A day after holding a closed-door meeting at Yankee Stadium following another lopsided loss in New York, the Tigers responded with a season-high five home runs Sunday afternoon en route to 12-4 blowout win over the New York Yankees. And J.D. Martinez led the way. Martinez belted...
Bless You Boys Jun 21, 2015

Tigers 12, Yankees 4: J.D. Martinez hits 3 homers in Detroit rout

Victor and J.D. Martinez combined for four home runs and 10 RBI in a 12-4 win over the Yankees. Anibal Sanchez worked seven solid innings and J.D. Martinez hit a career-high three home runs to lead the Detroit Tigers to an easy 12-4 win over the New York Yankees. The win helped Detroit avoid a series sweep, but the Tigers lost five of their seven games against the Yankees this season. The Tigers jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead thanks to a pair of home runs off Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka in the first inning. After Miguel Cabrera singled to right with two outs, Victor Martinez launched a...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2015
Seventh-inning update: Tigers 12, Yankees 2

Seventh-inning update: Tigers 12, Yankees 2

J.D. Martinez became the fourth player this season to hit three homers in a game, helping the Detroit Tigers build a 12-2 lead over the New York Yankees through six innings today.   The Detroit Tigers have set a season high with five home runs today. J.D. Martinez has hit three of them. Martinez became the fourth player this season to hit three homers in a game, helping the Tigers build a 12-2 lead over the Yankees through six innings today. Victor Martinez and Andrew Romine have each homered for the Tigers, who have exploded for 14 hits after being limited to...
Bless You Boys Jun 21, 2015

Watch Victor Martinez's upper deck home run vs. the Yankees

V-Mart is back! Victor Martinez's swing from the left side of the plate was a point of contention for the first two months of the season. After a stint on the disabled list, Martinez appears to be back to his usual self. Check out this monster home run from Martinez in the first inning of today's game against the New York Yankees! Your browser does not support iframes.
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2015
Analysis: Given Detroit's offensive problems, Tigers made a mistake sending Tyler Collins back to Toledo

Analysis: Given Detroit's offensive problems, Tigers made a mistake sending Tyler Collins back to Toledo

The Detroit Tigers didnt make a mistake by bringing back Victor Martinez. They made a mistake by sending down Tyler Collins to bring back Victor Martinez. The Detroit Tigers didn't make a mistake by bringing back Victor Martinez. They made a mistake by sending down Tyler Collins to bring back Victor Martinez. The Tigers needed to clear a spot on their roster Friday when when they activated Martinez from the 15-day disabled list. They did so by optioning Collins, and his big left-handed bat, back to Triple-A Toledo. At the time, the decision to part ways with...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez back in lineup for second straight day; Nick Castellanos gets day off

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

Nick Castellanos, who is mired in a 7 for 46 (.152) slump, gets the day off today. Andrew Romine will get the start at third base in his absence. Victor Martinez walked away unscathed in his first test Friday night. Now, he's ready for his second test. Martinez is back in the starting lineup for a second straight day as the Detroit Tigers continue their three-game weekend series against the Yankees in New York. Martinez was 1 for 4 with a single from the left side of the plate in his first game back from the disabled list. He'll get another test from the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus encouraged after watching Victor Martinez in first game back

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus encouraged after watching Victor Martinez in first game back

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus liked what he saw when Victor Martinez ran the bases Friday night in New York. But thats not what stood out most to Ausmus Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus liked what he saw from Victor Martinez when he watched the 36-year-old designated hitter run the bases Friday night in New York. But that's not what stood out most to Ausmus. "The most important thing is that his swing looked a little bit more like Victor Martinez of 2014," Ausmus told FOX Sports Detroit after the Tigers' 7-2 loss. Activated from the 15-day disabled list...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez returns to lineup, will bat fourth behind Miguel Cabrera

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez returns to lineup, will bat fourth behind Miguel Cabrera

Victor Martinez has been activated from the disabled list and will bat behind Miguel Cabrera in his accustomed No. 4 spot in Detroits series opener against the Yankees. Victor Martinez is back in the starting lineup, and he's back in the cleanup spot. Martinez has been activated from the 15-day disabled list and -- as expected -- will bat behind Miguel Cabrera in his accustomed No. 4 spot in Detroit's series opener against the New York Yankees tonight. The 36-year-old designated hitter has been on the disabled list since May 19 with left knee inflammation. His...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Victor Martinez expected back in lineup tonight in series opener in New York

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Victor Martinez expected back in lineup tonight in series opener in New York

Victor Martinez is back with the Tigers. But which Victor Martinez will we see? We should get a better clue tonight when the Tigers open a three-game series in New York. GAME INFORMATION Who: Detroit Tigers (34-32, 3rd in AL Central) vs. New York Yankees (36-30, 2nd in AL East)When: 7:05 p.m.Where: Yankee StadiumTV: FOX Sports Detroit, MLB NetworkRadio: 97.1 The TicketTwitter: Follow James Schmehl STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRHP Justin Verlander (0-0, 3.60 ERA)Lifetime vs. Yankees: 5-6, 3.75 ERA New York YankeesRHP Adam Warren (4-4, 3.78 ERA)Lifetime vs....
Bless You Boys Jun 19, 2015

Demoting Tyler Collins to minor leagues makes little sense for weakened Tigers bench

The Detroit Tigers could use Tyler Collins more than they could use a second utility infielder lacking power. Victor Martinez is returning to action from the disabled list on Friday. That will take care of the need for a designated hitter in the lineup on a full-time basis. It will also give the Detroit Tigers another left-handed bat against right-handed pitchers, who account for about 70 percent of plate appearances in an average season. The return of the American League’s runner-up in the MVP voting last season is most welcome. But in order to make room for Martinez on the roster, the...

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