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Justin Upton | Outfielder | #8

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (1) / ARZ
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Upton blasted a three-run jack to help lead the Tigers over the Twins on Wednesday.
He added a single to finish the night 2-for-5. He has been performing a little better lately but it has been a very disappointing season for his owners. He has a .236 batting average with 16 home runs, 55 RBI and eight stolen bases in what has been by far the worst year of his career. Aug 25 - 12:30 AM

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Justin Upton clocked a pair of three-run home runs to finish with six RBI in Sunday's 10-5 win over the Red Sox.

Upton stepped to the plate for his first three-run homer (off Henry Owens) in the third inning. He would do so again (and again off Owens) in the fifth inning. Given how the megabucks outfielder has performed this season, it had to feel somewhat cathartic to hit that pair of bombs. The season as a whole has been a struggle for Upton, who is slashing just .231/.285/.389 with 15 homers and 52 RBI across 442 at-bats. Along with the likes of Dallas Keuchel and Sonny Gray, Upton has been one of the biggest fantasy disappointments in 2016.
Aug 21 - 5:15 PM

Justin Upton has returned to the Tigers starting lineup on Saturday.

The club gave Upton three consecutive days off in order to clear his head and "hit the reset button" on the season. The slumping outfielder is hitting just .226/.281/.371 with 13 homers and 46 RBI on the season.
Aug 20 - 3:47 PM

Justin Upton will be held out of the Tigers' lineup on Friday as well.

Upton is getting three straight days off (Wednesday and Thursday included) to "hit the reset button," in the words of Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. It seemed to work for Andrew McCutchen. Upton has recorded just one hit in his last 31 plate appearances and he's batting .226/.281/.371 for the year.
Aug 18 - 11:01 AM

Justin Upton is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox.

Recent callup Alex Presley will start in left field and bat ninth versus Red Sox right-hander Clay Buchholz. This appears to be a routine day of rest for Upton, who's slashing just .226/.281/.371 on the year. He has one hit in his last 31 plate appearances.
Aug 18 - 10:21 AM

Justin Upton supplied the offense for the Tigers in Monday's win over the Twins, smacking a solo home run.

His blast off of Ricky Nolasco in the second inning represented the only scoring in the pitcher's duel. Upton also had a single on the night, picking up two of the Tigers' three hits. The longball was Upton's 10th of the season.
Jul 18 - 9:45 PM

Tigers activated OF Justin Upton from the bereavement list.

Upton missed the first two games of the season half but will be available for the series finale against the Royals. Steven Moya has been sent down in a corresponding move.
Jul 17 - 9:04 AM

Justin Upton will return from the bereavement list on Sunday.

The Tigers cleared a roster spot for him by sending Steven Moya down to Triple-A Toledo. Upton will return to an underwhelming .235/.289/.381 slash line. Moya and Mike Aviles filled in at left field during his absence.
Jul 16 - 11:14 PM

Tigers placed OF Justin Upton on the bereavement list.

He'll be out 3-7 days. The Tigers haven't announced who will take his spot on the active roster. Upton has struggled in his first year with Detroit, hitting just .235 with 112 strikeouts in 328 at-bats. His .381 slugging percentage is his lowest since 2007.
Source: Detroit News
Jul 14 - 10:08 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Thursday's loss to the Blue Jays.

Upton hit a solo home run off Blue Jays starter Drew Hutchison in the second inning. The homer was just his ninth of the year and his first since June 20. It's been that kind of first half for the three-time All-Star, as Upton carries a .233/.288/.382 line with a few games to go before the break.
Jul 7 - 11:48 PM

Justin Upton homered twice Monday, including a walk-off home run in the 12th inning, as the Tigers edged the Mariners 8-7.

Upton finished 2-for-5 with three RBI -- his first homer of the night was a two-run dong in the seventh inning -- and he also stole his fourth base of the season in the contest. It took him nearly three months to get going, but the 28-year-old has finally found his rhythm, batting .288 with five home runs, 20 RBI and 12 runs scored this month. He also has a modest 10-game hitting streak going. The good run has Upton's overall line up to .237/.291/.393.
Jun 21 - 12:11 AM

Justin Upton hit a two-run home run, only his sixth of the season, and added another hit to finish 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and three RBI on Saturday.

Upton has been awful this season but lately has been showing signs of snapping out of his funk. He has hits in 13 of his last 15 games. He also homered in yesterday's game. His current .660 OPS is well below his .815 career OPS. Now with 6 homers, 32 runs, 28 RBI and only 3 steals, Upton is really going to have to turn it on if he hopes to get anywhere close to the 26 home runs, 85 runs, 81 RBI and 19 steals he registered last year.
Jun 19 - 12:17 AM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a double, triple and four RBI as the Tigers outlasted the White Sox 11-8 on Tuesday.

Upton had an RBI double in the second inning, drove in a run with a walk in the third inning and brought in two more with a triple in the fourth. He had a terrible start to the year, but Upton is hitting .276 (13-for-47) with 11 RBI and seven runs scored this month. Perhaps he's finally starting to come around and perform like the offensive player the Tigers thought they were signing this past winter.
Jun 15 - 12:17 AM

Justin Upton had an RBI single and a two-run homer in Monday's win over the Blue Jays.

He also added his second stolen base of the season in a much-needed well-rounded night for his fantasy owners. It's been a mess for Upton this season, but he's put together consecutive multi-hit games for the second time this campaign. A hot streak is surely coming at some point.
Jun 6 - 11:41 PM

Justin Upton went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in Sunday's win over the White Sox.

Upton's two-run double in the fifth inning capped off a four-run frame and boosted the Tiger lead to 5-1. They would win by a 5-2 final. To say that Upton's 2016 season has been a struggle might be an understatement. Through 200 at-bats, the 28-year-old outfielder is slashing .220/.266/.325 with three homers and 14 RBI. All three numbers in that triple-slash would stand as career-worsts for Upton if the season ended today.
Jun 5 - 5:14 PM

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SS1Jose Iglesias
2Erick Aybar
3Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
2Casey McGehee
LF1Justin Upton
2Tyler Collins
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Alex Presley
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DH1Victor Martinez
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