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Grand Rapids Press Jul 25, 2015
Offense betrays Detroit Tigers in latest close loss

Offense betrays Detroit Tigers in latest close loss

The Red Sox are the only team in the American League with a worse ERA than the Tigers. BOSTON -- Brad Ausmus was banking on the fact that Victor Martinez would put the ball in play against a struggling pitcher that Martinez has had a ton of success against. Martinez didn't get the job done in a clutch spot, but neither did the rest of the Detroit Tigers offense Friday night in a 2-1 loss in 11 innings to the Boston Red Sox. Martinez went 0 for 5 with two strikeouts in the game, but his final out was the most harmful to his team's cause. With runners on first...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 24, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Marc Krauss among four lefties in lineup to face Rick Porcello

Detroit Tigers lineup: Alex Avila, Marc Krauss among four lefties in lineup to face Rick Porcello

Switch hitter Victor Martinez will bat third, while Alex Avila and Marc Krauss are in the sixth and seventh spots. Anthony Gose will bat ninth. BOSTON -- The starting lineup for the Detroit Tigers will see a familiar face on the mound Friday night at Fenway Park. The Tigers have four left-handed hitters in the lineup tonight as they face former Tigers right-hander Rick Porcello in the opener of a three-game series. Switch hitter Victor Martinez will bat third, while Alex Avila and Marc Krauss are in the sixth and seventh spots. Anthony Gose will bat...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus doesn't rule out Victor Martinez as option to play first base later this season

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus doesn't rule out Victor Martinez as option to play first base later this season

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said both he and designated hitter Victor Martinez have had recent conversations about the possibility of playing first base at some point this season. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was quick to rule out Victor Martinez as a candidate to play first base in early July when Miguel Cabrera initially injured his calf. A month later, the second-year manager appears to be reconsidering the idea. Ausmus said Monday both he and Martinez have engaged in conversations about the possibility the 36-year-old could play first base at...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 19, 2015

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez: We need to score more runs

Victor Martinez speaks to the media on Sunday, July 19, after the Detroit Tigers' 9-3 loss to the Baltimore Orioles.
Bless You Boys Jul 17, 2015

Second half Victor Martinez is here!

V-Mart opened up the second half with a two-run homer tonight against the Baltimore Orioles. Healthy Victor Martinez appears to be here to stay. Martinez opened up his second half with a two-run home run off Baltimore Orioles starter Ubaldo Jimenez in the bottom of the first. Your browser does not support iframes.
Grand Rapids Press Jul 11, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez ejected from game for arguing called third strike

Detroit Tigers' Victor Martinez ejected from game for arguing called third strike

Martinez became extremely animated Saturday afternoon after being ejected from the game by home-plate umpire Marty Foster. MINNEAPOLIS -- Victor Martinez generally keeps his cool on the baseball field. He lost it Saturday afternoon. Martinez became extremely animated Saturday afternoon after being ejected from the game by home-plate umpire Marty Foster. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus boxed Martinez out like a basketball player, blocking him from getting closer to Foster, who tossed Martinez for arguing a called third strike in the top of the fifth...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 10, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Marc Krauss, Anthony Gose in lineup against right-hander Ervin Santana

Detroit Tigers lineup: Marc Krauss, Anthony Gose in lineup against right-hander Ervin Santana

Santana is making his second start for the Twins after serving an 80-game suspension to start the season. MINNEAPOLIS -- Another right-hander. Same lineup. The Detroit Tigers have Alex Avila, Marc Krauss and Anthony Gose in the lineup again Friday for the second game of their series with the Minnesota Twins. The Twins are starting right-hander Ervin Santana, who is making his second start for the Twins after serving an 80-game suspension to start the season. Detroit Tigers1. Ian Kinsler, 2B2. Yoenis Cespedes, LF3. Victor Martinez, DH4. J.D. Martinez,...
Bless You Boys Jul 7, 2015

Announcing the BYB All-Star break FanPost contest

Submit a FanPost for a chance to win a baseball signed by Victor Martinez, courtesy of Mizuno. There are t-shirts too! Do you have an opinion about the Tigers? Of course you do! Well, if you express your opinion in the form of a FanPost in the next week or so, you could win a baseball autographed by Tigers' designated hitter Victor Martinez. Yes, we're serious! It's in the picture right up there! We're conducting a FanPost contest -- our third ever -- and giving away the ball to the author that receives the most votes at the end of the All-Star break. The ball comes to us courtesy of...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 1, 2015
Pittsburgh Pirates respond to Victor Martinez: 'I wasn't aware he was the voice of reason'

Pittsburgh Pirates respond to Victor Martinez: 'I wasn't aware he was the voice of reason'

After Martinez spoke his piece Tuesday night, others involved -- including Brad Ausmus and Clint Hurdle -- spoke about the incident Wednesday afternoon. DETROIT -- In the mind of Brad Ausmus -- or at least in his words -- it's over. But after Victor Martinez spoke his piece Tuesday night, others involved -- including Ausmus and Pittsburgh Pirates manager Clint Hurdle -- spoke about the incident Wednesday afternoon. Ausmus said he doesn't expect any carryover from the exchange of hit batsmen that took place Tuesday night in the Detroit Tigers' 5-4 loss to the...
Bless You Boys Jul 1, 2015

J.D. Martinez is Country Strong

Once upon a time, Rod Allen promised a nickname would die with the career of Marcus Thames. J.D. Martinez has resuscitated that nickname. So it's a typical Tuesday night game. Joba Chamberlain has just given up an insurance run to the Pirates, so it's a 4-2 game in the bottom of the eighth. There are two outs and Victor Martinez is on base (but not being pinch run for), but the situation still seems bleak. It's J.D. Martinez as bat though, so this thing is far from over. He could OH MAN THERE THAT BALL GOES HE DID IT AGAIN MARTINEZ YOU BEAST OF A MAN. I may not have yelled that, but it was...
Victor Martinez is not happy with Gerrit Cole

Victor Martinez is not happy with Gerrit Cole

Victor Martinez was displeased with being hit by Gerrit Cole last night (from MLive.com): “I mean, I have no respect for no one on that team, including Cole and their coaching staff,” said Martinez, who was adamant that Cole intentionally hit him. This is approximately the 97th time in the last three years that the […]
Grand Rapids Press Jul 1, 2015
Analysis: Bad blood brewing between Tigers-Pirates, but both teams would be wise to avoid shenanigans

Analysis: Bad blood brewing between Tigers-Pirates, but both teams would be wise to avoid shenanigans

Victor Martinez surely ruffled some feathers after sounding off about the Pirates following Detroits 5-4 loss Tuesday night. But dont expect benches to clear in Round 2 tonight. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez most certainly ruffled some feathers after sounding off about the Pittsburgh Pirates following Detroit's 5-4 loss Tuesday night. But don't expect benches to clear in Round 2 tonight. It wouldn't be a smart move -- for either team. Martinez threw out the first verbal jab around 1 a.m. Wednesday when he called out Pirates starter Gerrit Cole after being struck...
Grand Rapids Press Jul 1, 2015
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 Jun 30, 2015
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...

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