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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Victor Martinez set a new career-high with 26 home runs after taking Shane Greene deep in the sixth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Yankees.
The 35-year-old DH is having the best offensive season of his career and seems rather likely to eclipse the 30-homer echelon as well. Martinez finished 1-for-3 on the evening with a walk. Along with the 26 home runs, Martinez has knocked in 85 runs and posted a great .327/.396/.555 slash line. Aug 27 - 10:56 PM

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Victor Martinez went 3-for-6 with a home run and four RBI to help the Tigers pound the Twins 13-4 on Sunday.

Martinez hit his 25th home run, a two-run shot, in the sixth inning, and he added two more RBI over the course of the game. His 84 RBI are seventh-most in the American League, as are his 25 homers. His .328 average and .949 OPS are both second-best in the league as he continues his stellar season.
Aug 24 - 8:10 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-3 with a walk, an RBI double, and a grand slam in Wednesday's shutout win against the Rays.

Martinez put the Tigers on the board in the top of the first with an RBI double and later extended his club's lead to 6-0 with a seventh-inning grand slam off of Kirby Yates. The veteran now has 24 home runs on the season, one off of his career-high. He's also sitting on 79 RBI and a .325/.392/.553 slash line.
Aug 20 - 9:52 PM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and three RBI in Wednesday's victory against the Pirates.

Martinez knocked in a run with a single in the fifth and added two more with a single in the seventh. The DH hasn't shown much power lately: despite hitting .350 (14-for-40) since August 4, 12 of those hits are singles and two are doubles. Nevertheless, he maintains a spectacular .323/.386/.551 slash line with 23 home runs and 71 RBI.
Aug 13 - 10:45 PM

Victor Martinez accounted for all of the Tigers offense in Saturday's loss to the Blue Jays, delivering a two-run double in the sixth inning.

He finished the afternoon 1-for-3 plus a walk. While his pace has slowed a bit in since returning from the disabled list, he's still in the midst of an outstanding season, slashing .321/.382/.560 with 23 homers and 68 RBI.
Aug 9 - 4:24 PM

Victor Martinez hit a three-run home run -- his second in two days -- and finished 2-for-4 in a win over the Rockies.

After not homering since July 3, Martinez has now homered in two straight games. A day after taking Tyler Matzek deep, Martinez did the same to Rockies starter Jorge De La Rosa on Sunday. He's now got 23 home runs, sixth-best in the American League, and the 35-year-old is hitting .321/.381/.567 on the year.
Aug 3 - 4:22 PM

Victor Martinez hit a three-run home run in Detroit's 11-5 win over the Rockies on Saturday.

The home run was Martinez's 22nd of the year. Martinez hit the homer off of Colorado starter Tyler Matzek and finished 1-for-4 with three RBI. For the season, he now has 62 RBI to go with a superb slash line of .319/.380/.560.
Aug 2 - 11:52 PM

Victor Martinez singled three times in four at-bats, but the Tigers were routed by the White Sox on Tuesday.

The 35-year-old had been in a bit of a slump since the second half began, but he was able to enjoy his first three-hit night since June 14. Due to missing time with injuries, as well as the All-Star break, the veteran hasn't homered since July 3, but he still maintains an impressive .325/.387/.568 slash line with 21 home runs and 57 RBI. He's four home runs away from tying his career high of 25.
Jul 29 - 10:41 PM

Victor Martinez had an RBI double in Sunday's loss to the Angels.

The Tigers managed just three hits on the afternoon against Angels starter Hector Santiago and the Angels bullpen, with Martinez' first-inning double plating the only Tigers run. It was just his second RBI since the All-Star break after racking up 55 RBI in the first half. Martinez is hitting .320/.383/.566 and statistically still ranks among the best hitters in the American League with two months to play.
Jul 27 - 8:20 PM

Victor Martinez returned to the Tigers lineup without missing a beat on Friday, going 2-for-4 with a run scored in a losing effort against the Indians.

V-Mart had been on the shelf since July 4 due to a variety of ailments including a strained oblique. The 35-year-old is enjoying a phenomenal season at the dish, slashing .330/.392/.598 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in his 91 games.
Jul 18 - 11:49 PM

Victor Martinez is back in the Tigers' lineup Friday.

Martinez hasn't played since July 4 due to a strained oblique, but the Tigers waited it out and will get a couple extra games out of V-Mart than they would have had he been placed on the DL. V-Mart is sporting a robust .328/.391/.599 batting line with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 80 games this season.
Jul 18 - 3:38 PM

Victor Martinez (oblique) is expected to return to the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday after the All-Star break.

Martinez has been sidelined with an oblique injury since July 4. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said the designated hitter is doing better and should be ready to go for the club's first game after the All-Star break.
Jul 12 - 4:16 PM

Victor Martinez (oblique) said that the way he felt Thursday "is by far the best in a while."

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said that it's unlikely V-Mart returns before the All-Star break, but his improvement Thursday leaves the door open. Ultimately, the club figures to play it safe and rest their DH until next week.
Source: Detroit News
Jul 11 - 9:45 AM

Victor Martinez (side) is out of the Tigers' lineup again Thursday.

V-Mart hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. He appears unlikely to play again before the All-Star break.
Jul 10 - 4:28 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus confirmed Wednesday that Victor Martinez (side) is likely to sit out the remainder of the first half.

Martinez hasn't played since leaving last Friday's game with soreness in his side. The Tigers are hoping with a full two weeks off that he'll be ready to go immediately after the All-Star break. That means that V-Mart is likely to be replaced on the American League All-Star roster.
Jul 9 - 12:47 PM

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C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Andrew Romine
3Jose Iglesias
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1J.D. Martinez
2Andy Dirks
CF1Rajai Davis
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Torii Hunter
2Don Kelly
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Max Scherzer
4Anibal Sanchez
5Rick Porcello
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Joba Chamberlain
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Blaine Hardy
7Pat McCoy
8Jim Johnson
9Joel Hanrahan
10Luke Putkonen
11Bruce Rondon