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Bullpen Falters, Tigers Get Routed

After a long seven game west coast road trip where the Tigers dropped four of seven, they had hoped that a return home would return them to their winning ways. Instead, the bullpen got lit up for nine runs en route to an 11-4 dismantling at the hands of the Chicago White Sox. The Tigers were able to jump out to the early lead in the second inning when they scored the games first...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
2 days ago  |  Discuss

What to Expect From a Replacement-Level Player

Last week I wrote a piece about breakout Tiger outfielder JD Martinez that got me thinking about what we should expect from replacement-level players. Martinez is a great example of a replacement player; he was cut from the worst team in baseball, picked up at relatively no cost to the Tigers, and found his way into the lineup after injuries opened up a roster spot. Since then Martinez...
Via Batting Leadoff
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez back in lineup, what about All-Star berth?

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was cleared to play Thursday night against the Tampa Bay Rays. Manager Brad Ausmus wanted to see him take batting practice, and Martinez was given a thumbs-up after that. He missed the three-game series with the Oakland A's due to a back injury near his ribs. Martinez wanted to play each game, but Ausmus and head athletic...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
28 days ago  |  Discuss

JD Martinez: New Swing or Something Else?

JD Martinez has changed his swing and appears to have become a whole new hitter. The new JD Martinez has been a huge part of Tigers offense; he ranks first on the team in ISO and second in wOBA. In the month of June, Martinez was third in the Majors in wOBA behind only Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen. Rewind three months to late March, and JD Martinez was being cut by the Astros...
Via Batting Leadoff
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Victor Martinez out of Tigers' lineup again

DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is out of the starting lineup for the second consecutive game with a back injury near his rib cage. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he wanted to watch Martinez take batting practice prior to Tuesday night's game with the Oakland A's and discuss the situation with Martinez and head athletic trainer Kevin Rand. After...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
July 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Introducing J.D. Martinez

Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez is becoming a household name in the Motor City as he continues to provide much-needed protection for sluggers Miguel Cabrera and Victor Martinez. The 26-year-old earned American League Player of the Week honors this past Monday, batting .444 (12-for-27), with four home runs and 11 RBI, in seven games last week. Martinez had a pair of extra...
June 26, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers OF JD Martinez Named AL Player of the Week

detroit tigers outfieler J.D. Martinez has been named AL Player of the Week for the 1st time in his career! This past week, JD-Mart batted .444 (12 for 27) with 3 doubles, 4 home runs, 11 RBI, and 6 runs scored. With a hit yesterday, he extended his AL leading and career long hitting streak to 12 games. jd martinez has filled in admirably for OF Torii Hunter since Hunter went down...
Via Detroit Sports Nation
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Where did Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez come from?

Outfielder J.D. Martinez is creating quite a stir for the Detroit Tigers. He's mashing the ball with such authority and regularity that he's now batting fifth in the lineup. It seems as if Martinez appeared out of nowhere. But just where did this run-producing godsend come from? That explanation begins with the story of the evolution of his swing. Martinez missed 44 games...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
June 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Video: JD Martinez Makes Great Catch Reaching Into the Stands

J.D. Martinez and the Detroit Tigers endured a subpar defensive night Monday in a 6-5 loss to the White Sox. All told, the Tigers committed three errors, one charged to Martinez — and he could have had a second to his credit earlier. But in the bottom of the eighth, Martinez helped keep his team in the game with a stellar running grab in foul territory. Martinez leaned into the...
Via The Detroit Sports Site
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tigers call up slugger J.D. Martinez from Toledo

J.D. Martinez wasn't in the Tigers' plans at the beginning of the regular season. He has forced them to change their mind. The 26-year-old slugger, who wasn't even on Detroit's 40-man roster, was hitting .308 with 10 homers and 22 RBIs in 17 games for Toledo until the Tigers purchased his contract Monday morning. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, the Tigers...
Via Fox Sports Detroit
April 21, 2014  |  Discuss
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