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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/23/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 210
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1996 / UDFA / CLE
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Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a pair of solo home runs in Sunday's 9-3 loss to the Indians.
Martinez went yard off Indians starter Josh Tomlin in the fourth and sixth innings. Alas, both were solo homers and could do little in the face of the eight runs allowed by Justin Verlander on the afternoon. The 36-year-old Martinez remains a legitimate force with the bat and is slashing .319/.365/.531 with 14 homers and 40 RBI over 260 at-bats. He played in just 120 games last season, but health has not been in an issue in 2016. Jun 26 - 4:28 PM

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Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' starting lineup Thursday afternoon against the Mariners.

V-Mart isn't going to play many days games in his age-37 season. Miguel Cabrera is at DH and Jarrod Saltalamacchia will start at first base in the Thursday matinee.
Jun 23 - 9:55 AM

Victor Martinez homered three times to help lead the Tigers to a 10-4 win over the Royals on Thursday.

The only shame is that all three of V-Mart's dingers -- one in the second inning, one in the fourth and one for good measure in the ninth -- came with the bases empty. It was still a heck of a showing for the 37-year-old, who now has 12 homers and 38 RBI on the year. His .338 average ranks fourth in the AL, and a .945 OPS has V-Mart seventh in the league among qualified hitters through 63 games.
Jun 17 - 1:11 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) grounded out as a pinch-hitter in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox.

Martinez could have tied the game with a two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth, but White Sox closer David Robertson took care of him on a groundball back to the mound. Martinez hasn't started a game since Sunday due to a tweaked left knee. An MRI taken Tuesday came up negative, so his return to full-time action should be imminent.
Jun 16 - 5:02 AM

Victor Martinez (knee) is not in the Tigers' lineup Tuesday against the White Sox.

Martinez wasn't in Monday's lineup either, though he did draw a walk as a pinch-hitter. Nick Castellanos will serve as the DH and bat cleanup. V-Mart is off to another hot start, hitting .333 with nine homers through 61 games. In the American League, he's fourth in batting average behind Xander Bogaerts, Jose Altuve and David Ortiz.
Jun 14 - 5:09 PM

Victor Martinez (knee) drew a walk as a pinch-hitter on Monday against the White Sox.

V-Mart was held out of the starting lineup after he tweaked his left knee on Sunday. Fortunately, an MRI ruled out anything serious. He should be back in the lineup soon.
Jun 14 - 9:19 AM

Victor Martinez underwent an MRI on his left knee on Monday.

V-Mart tweaked the knee on Sunday and given his history, he was understandably sent for a precautionary MRI. No major damage was found, but he's out of the lineup on Monday. Consider him day-to-day.
Jun 13 - 5:13 PM

Victor Martinez is not in Monday's starting lineup against the White Sox.

V-Mart appeared to tweak something on Sunday, so this might not be a simple day off. J.D. Martinez will serve as the designated hitter Monday while Mike Aviles will play right field.
Jun 13 - 4:37 PM

Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Wednesday afternoon against the Blue Jays.

It's just a routine day of maintenance for the veteran slugger. Miguel Cabrera is at DH and Andrew Romine is at first base Wednesday versus knuckleballer R.A. Dickey.
Jun 8 - 10:52 AM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-5 with a double and a run scored Wednesday against the Angels.

Included was the most Victor Martinez sequence of all-time; after his double in the top of the sixth, it took three hits to score him. Nick Castellanos' single to center advanced him only to third, and he was unable to score on an infield single from Cameron Maybin. Jarrod Saltalamacchia finally singled him in afterwards.
Jun 1 - 10:51 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Rays.

Martinez capped off a strong offensive day by the Tigers with his two-run home run in the ninth inning. That pushed their lead to 9-4, which would stand as the final. The veteran slugger is slashing .329/.384/.523 with six homers, 11 doubles and 24 RBI over 149 at-bats.
May 22 - 5:05 PM

Victor Martinez (illness) collected a pair of hits in his return to the Tigers lineup on Friday.

V-Mart went 2-for-5 on the night after missing Wednesday's game due to a head cold. He's in the midst of a strong bounceback season offensively, slashing .333/.387/.518 with five homers and 22 RBI.
May 21 - 10:25 AM

Victor Martinez has been scratched from the Tigers' starting lineup Wednesday due to a head cold.

Steven Moya is now starting at designated hitter and batting sixth against Minnesota right-hander Ricky Nolasco. V-Mart should be fine after a few days of rest (the Tigers have a scheduled off day on Thursday).
May 18 - 11:47 AM

Victor Martinez finished 3-for-4 with two RBI in a loss to the Orioles on Thursday.

Martinez had RBI singles in the first and sixth innings. The 37-year-old can't be stopped of late, as he now has 10 hits, all singles, in his last 13 at-bats. It's an interesting issue, as he hit .329 with a 1.038 OPS and five homers in April but has just one extra-base hit, a double on May 1, through 11 games this month. The Tigers likely won't care as long as he keeps hitting .362/.422/.578 overall.
May 13 - 12:53 AM

Victor Martinez went 4-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's victory over the Nationals.

Martinez got the start at first base in the National League park with Miguel Cabrera getting a day off. He made the most of it with his second four-hit game of the season. V-Mart has turned back the clock so far this season, hitting .333/.395/.565 over his first 108 at-bats.
May 10 - 11:28 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2Jarrod Saltalamacchia
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Mike Aviles
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Cameron Maybin
RF1J.D. Martinez
2Steven Moya
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Jordan Zimmermann
3Michael Fulmer
4Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Francisco Rodriguez
2Mark Lowe
3Justin Wilson
4Alex Wilson
5Shane Greene
6Drew VerHagen
7Warwick Saupold
8Anibal Sanchez
9Kyle Ryan
10Bruce Rondon
11Dustin Molleken