It was a late and long affair in Los Angeles, but the Tigers continued to grind and earned their first road victor of the season against a formidable Dodgers team. Victor Martinez came through with the big hit. Staff writer Nick Shlain fought sleep deprivation in his favorite chair.
Victor Martinezâ€™s live bat saved the Tigers from a dead-arm disaster in a 7-6 victory on Wednesday night.
Leading off the 10th inning with a home run off hard-throwing Kenley Jansen, Martinez made a winning pitcher out of Joe Nathan -- after Nathan blew a save by allowing three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
Earlier in the day, Nathan acknowledged he was going through a boutâ...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Victor Martinez helped the Detroit Tigers overcome the struggles of Joe Nathan.
The Detroit Tigers' closer blew a three-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday night against the Dodgers.
But Martinez picked him up in a big way with a leadoff home run in the 10th against Los Angeles closer Kenley Jansen, and Detroit pulled out a 7-6 victory in which both pitching...
LAKELAND, FLA. -- Since the Houston Astros moved to the American League, inter-league games aren't just a couple of weeks out of the year as they used to be.
The Tigers' first trip of the season takes them to Los Angeles to play the Dodgers for two games and then to San Diego to play the Padres for three.
Tigers manager Brad Ausmus was thinking ahead when he saw the schedule...
Maybe not the absolute first.
But one of the first things the Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez did after arriving at Joker Marchant Stadium was to put on his catching gear.
With good reason.
At some point, probably early in the season â€” and probably more than last year â€” Martinez is going to catch.
"I called Victor in early January and asked him about catching...
DETROIT -- Victor Martinez is running out of time and knows it.
At 35, Martinez has never played in a World Series and his contract with the Detroit Tigers is up after this season.
He definitely feels the urgency.
"You're not getting any younger," Martinez said. "You're getting older and you know that the end of your career might be right around the corner...
Victor Martinez doesnâ€™t know what the future holds for him beyond 2014, but one thing he does know is he wants to remain a Detroit Tiger. The veteran designated hitter/occasional catcher, Martinez is entering the final year of his four-year deal with the team. And despite missing all of the 2012 season and the fact that he turned 35 last month V-Mart still hit .370 for the Tigers...
Victor Martinezâ€™s kid looks like he had an epic time in the Tigers clubhouse after their win in Oakland. Â Iâ€™m sure this will be something that he will remember for the rest of his life. https://twitter.com/blessyouboys/status/388518848674033664/photo/1 [@CorkGaines]
Victor Martinez is still getting used to playing first base. Heck, he never was used to playing catcher,either. But the Detroit Tigers slugger still was able to give us one of the best plays of the year on Sunday when he was not only able to stop a sure double down the line, but make the put-out at first base with a no-look flip to Drew Smyly. That was gorgeous, and extremely lucky...
BAT RACK ATTACK
After missing all of last season, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez currently is listed day-to-day after suffering a bat rack-related injury.