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Detroit Tigers lineup: J.D. Martinez sitting, Tyler Collins to start in right field

Detroit Tigers lineup: J.D. Martinez sitting, Tyler Collins to start in right field

Victor Martinez is starting at first base and batting fourth for the Tigers. Miguel Cabrera will serve as the designated hitter. When Brad Ausmus gave Ian Kinsler a day off earlier this week, he mentioned that he needed to find a day to give J.D. Martinez a break, too. Today is apparently that day. Tyler Collins will start in right field and bat sixth for the Detroit Tigers today in the second game of a three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. Martinez has started 125 and played in 126 of his team's 128 games this season. Victor Martinez is starting at...
Bless You Boys Aug 28, 2015

Victor Martinez's struggles due to late swing

Recovering from injury and age are the reasons why V-Mart is struggling. At age 35, Victor Martinez had a career year with career highs in batting average (.335), on-base percentage (.409) slugging percentage (.565) and wRC+ (167). This year, however, those stats are now career lows (aside from slugging percentage by mere percentage points in 2008) since becoming a full-time player in 2004 (.241/.297/.367, 77 wRC+). Much of his struggles can be placed on coming back from injury too soon. During spring training, Martinez had surgery on his knee, but recovered in time by opening day and hit...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 27, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez stays in cleanup spot; Alex Avila gets start at catcher

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez stays in cleanup spot; Alex Avila gets start at catcher

Victor Martinez will remain in the cleanup spot Thursday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers conclude their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is staying put today. Martinez will remain in the cleanup spot Thursday afternoon as the Detroit Tigers conclude their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Martinez, who has been tabbed designated hitter, has hit .189 with a .210 on-base percentage in his last 25 games. Alex Avila, meanwhile, will make just his third start since Aug. 16....
Grand Rapids Press Aug 26, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez remains in cleanup spot; Ian Kinsler back in lineup

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez remains in cleanup spot; Ian Kinsler back in lineup

Brad Ausmus said Tuesday night that the idea of dropping Victor Martinez from fourth to fifth in the starting lineup has been discussed. But he hasnt made a change yet. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday night that the idea of dropping Victor Martinez from fourth to fifth in the starting lineup has been discussed. But he hasn't made a change yet. Martinez will bat fourth and be the designated hitter tonight in the second game of a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels. Ian Kinsler, who was not in the starting lineup Tuesday,...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 26, 2015
Analysis: Victor Martinez's struggles a troubling trend for Detroit Tigers

Analysis: Victor Martinez's struggles a troubling trend for Detroit Tigers

Would dropping Victor Martinez and moving J.D. Martinez up in the order help? Most likely, but only incrementally. Having a struggling hitter in the fifth spot is only slightly better than having him bat fourth. DETROIT -- Losing has been a team effort for the Detroit Tigers. No single player should bear the brunt of their current five-game losing streak. Or the fact that they are seven games under .500 for the first time since the end of the 2008 season. Or that they are tied for last place in the Central Division. Still, the situation involving cleanup hitter...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 24, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: J.D. Martinez to bat fourth; Victor Martinez available off bench

Detroit Tigers lineup: J.D. Martinez to bat fourth; Victor Martinez available off bench

The game was originally scheduled for June 18 as part of a four-game home-and-home series between the two teams but was postponed due to rain. The Detroit Tigers are playing in a National League park. That means Victor Martinez will be relegated to the bench. J.D. Martinez will bat fourth and start in right field Monday night as the Tigers play a makeup game against the Reds in Cincinnati. Victor Martinez will be available off the bench as a pinch hitter. The game was originally scheduled for June 18 as part of a four-game home-and-home series between the two...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 20, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez at first base, Miguel Cabrera to DH in series opener

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez at first base, Miguel Cabrera to DH in series opener

For two seasons, Prince Fielder supplanted Miguel Cabrera as the first baseman. Tonight, neither one of them will be playing in the field. For two seasons, Prince Fielder supplanted Miguel Cabrera as the first baseman for the Detroit Tigers. Tonight, neither one of them will be playing in the field. Cabrera and Fielder will be the designated hitters tonight when the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers open a four-game series at Comerica Park. Victor Martinez will play first base for the Tigers. The game will mark the first time Fielder has played against the Tigers...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 19, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez relegated to pinch-hitting duties for second straight game

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez relegated to pinch-hitting duties for second straight game

Without a designated hitter, Victor Martinez will be relegated to pinch-hit duties for a second straight game as the Tigers conclude their two-game series in Chicago. CHICAGO -- Victor Martinez was expected to be held out of the Tigers' starting lineup for both interleague road games against the Chicago Cubs this week. So no surprise about tonight's starting lineup. Without a designated hitter, Martinez will be relegated to pinch-hit duties for a second straight game as the Tigers conclude their two-game series in Chicago. Miguel Cabrera will get the start at...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 18, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez out of starting lineup in interleague opener against Chicago Cubs

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez out of starting lineup in interleague opener against Chicago Cubs

Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the starting lineup for Detroits series opener in Chicago. He will be available to pinch-hit if needed. CHICAGO -- No designated hitter. No Victor Martinez. The Detroit Tigers will be without a designated hitter for their two-game interleague road series against the Chicago Cubs this week. As a result, designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the starting lineup tonight for Detroit's opener in Chicago. Martinez will be available to pinch-hit if needed. Miguel Cabrera will make his second consecutive start at...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 15, 2015
Justin Verlander dominates as Tigers slip past Astros in 11 innings

Justin Verlander dominates as Tigers slip past Astros in 11 innings

Victor Martinez doubled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the Tigers narrowly avoided a second late-inning meltdown en route to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros. HOUSTON -- For the second straight start, Justin Verlander didn't give up an earned run. And for the second straight start, Verlander didn't get a much-deserved win. But the Detroit Tigers did. Victor Martinez doubled home the go-ahead run in the 11th inning and the Tigers narrowly avoided a second late-inning meltdown en route to a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 15, 2015
Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to give Victor Martinez first start at first base this year

Detroit Tigers' Brad Ausmus explains decision to give Victor Martinez first start at first base this year

For the first time in nearly a year, Victor Martinez was penciled in Detroits starting lineup at first base -- marking the 36-year-old sluggers first start at first base since Sept. 21, 2014. HOUSTON -- Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus finally gave in. For weeks, several Tigers coaches have tried to convince Ausmus that designated hitter Victor Martinez was fully capable of playing first base. And for weeks, Ausmus dismissed the suggestion. On Saturday, the second-year manager finally changed his mind. For the first time in nearly a year, Martinez was penciled...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 15, 2015
Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez will make his first start at first base this season

Detroit Tigers lineup: Victor Martinez will make his first start at first base this season

In a surprise twist, Victor Martinez will play first base for the first time in nearly a year and Miguel Cabrera has been tabbed tonights designated hitter in Houston. HOUSTON -- For the first time this season, Victor Martinez will start at first base. In a surprise twist, Martinez will play first base for the first time in nearly a year and Miguel Cabrera has been tabbed the designated hitter as the Tigers continue their three-game series against the AL West-leading Astros in Houston. It was initially believed Cabrera would be held out of tonight's lineup after...
Bless You Boys Aug 8, 2015

Tigers 7, Red Sox 6: Victor Martinez blasts Tigers to win

The Tigers evened their series with the Red Sox after a back-and-forth affair. The teams swung like a pair of boxers past their prime putting on one last show, exchanging 11 runs during a three-inning stretch from the fifth to the seventh innings. Victor Martinez's two-run home run in the seventh was the final blow, however, giving the Tigers a 7-6 victory over the Red Sox while knotting up the weekend series at a game apiece. Martinez's 413-foot homer off Boston reliever Junichi Tazawa cleared the Belle Tire Man advertisement in right field. It was his ninth home run this season. Boston...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 8, 2015
Victor Martinez hits two-run home run as Detroit Tigers rally for win

Victor Martinez hits two-run home run as Detroit Tigers rally for win

The Tigers overcame deficits of 2-0, 3-2 and 6-5 on their way to the win over the Red Sox. DETROIT -- David Ortiz had a big hit for the Boston Red Sox. Victor Martinez returned the favor. Martinez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday night to propel the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 victory over the Boston Red Sox. The home run by Martinez, which landed beyond the Belle Tire sign down the line in right, gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead and came shortly after a bases-loaded single by Ortiz in the top of the inning gave the Red Sox a 6-5...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 6, 2015
Seventh-inning update: Tigers 6, Royals 3

Seventh-inning update: Tigers 6, Royals 3

Victor Martinez hadnt hit a home run since July 17. Hes hit two today. Martinez has two homers and five RBIs to help the Tigers build a 6-3 lead over the Royals through six innings. DETROIT -- Victor Martinez hadn't hit a home run since July 17. He's hit two today. Martinez has two homers and five RBIs to help the Detroit Tigers build a 6-3 lead over the Kansas City Royals through six innings today at Comerica Park. Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has worked six strong innings of three-run ball. He's struck out six and walked four. Martinez hit a three-run homer...

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