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Victor Martinez | Designated Hitter | #41

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (38) / 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 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored in a 5-3 victory over the Astros on Saturday.
All three hits were singles, including one in the eighth inning that plated Justin Upton with an insurance run. The 38-year-old is no longer a fantasy beast but is capable of helping his owners on occasion. He is batting .266/.336/.385 with eight home runs and 44 RBI in 85 games. Jul 29 - 9:44 PM

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Victor Martinez blasted a pair of home runs and plated three on Friday, powering the Tigers to a 6-3 victory over the Twins.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with a mammoth solo shot off of Ervin Santana in the first inning, then increased that lead to 4-0 by victimizing Santana for a two-run shot in the fourth. He finished the night 2-for-4 with a pair of runs scored. Since returning from the disabled list, Martinez is hitting .275 (19-for-69) with three homers and 12 RBI in 18 games.
Jul 22 - 12:18 AM

Victor Martinez went 3-for-4 and knocked in three runs in Monday's rout of the Royals.

Martinez even scored twice tonight. It's just the fourth time this season that's happened and the second time in which he didn't drive himself in by homering. The three-hit game was his first since May 5.
Jul 17 - 11:58 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored in a loss to the Giants on Wednesday.

The Tigers scored all of their runs in the seventh inning and Martinez was a key part of it. He laced a single to center that plated Miguel Cabrera and J.D. Martinez, then came around to score on an Ian Kinsler infield single. This was his second multi-hit game in a row after suffering through a slump upon his return from the disabled list with a heart issue. The 38-year-old has a .256 batting average with six home runs and 33 RBI. He hasn't stolen a base since 2014.
Jul 5 - 11:05 PM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI against the Giants on Tuesday.

Martinez slugged a solo homer in the second inning before plating another run with a single in the fourth. Coming into Tuesday’s action, the 38-year-old was 2-for-20 (.100) in five games since returning from an irregular heartbeat. We’re expecting better as he gets back into the rhythm of things.
Jul 4 - 4:08 PM

Victor Martinez was hitless in four at-bats in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Indians, finishing the twin bill with just a single, walk and strikeouts over seven at-bats in the twin bill.

Martinez has posted just four hits, none for extra bases, over his past 32 at-bats across eight outings to drop his average from .274 to .253 dating back to June 10. His last XBH came June 8 against the Angels on a double, and his last homer took place on May 31 in Kansas City.
Jul 2 - 2:32 AM

Tigers activated DH Victor Martinez from the 10-day disabled list.

Martinez missed nearly two weeks of action with an irregular heartbeat. Thankfully, it appears that he's going to be fine. He'll go back to being the Tigers' regular designated hitter.
Jun 28 - 3:02 PM

Victor Martinez (heart) has been cleared for light workouts.

Martinez spent about 10 minutes on the elliptical and swung off a batting tee on Wednesday. The 38-year-old was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat last week but is already back on the comeback trail. Martinez has hit .261 with five homers and 29 RBI this season.
Jun 22 - 8:29 PM

Victor Martinez was released from the hospital on Saturday.

Martinez spent two nights in the hospital due to an irregular heartbeat. He will not accompany the Tigers on their upcoming road trip and will rest for the next 10 days before determining the next course of action in his recovery. As of now, there is no clear timetable for his return.
Jun 17 - 2:12 PM

Tigers placed DH Victor Martinez on the 10-day disabled list with a heart condition.

Martinez pulled himself from Thursday's game against the Rays after experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, and an elevated heart rate, and he was admitted to a local hospital for overnight observation. Miguel Cabrera figures to serve as the Tigers' primary DH while V-Mart is sidelined, opening starts at first base for Alex Avila.
Jun 16 - 4:14 PM

Victor Martinez (illness) is out of the Tigers' starting lineup on Friday.

That's no surprise after he spent Thursday night in a Detroit hospital with an irregular heartbeat. Miguel Cabrera is at DH and batting third on Friday night against the Rays. Alex Avila is at first base and James McCann will start behind the plate.
Jun 16 - 4:12 PM

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM that Victor Martinez (illness) spent the night in a Detroit hospital on Thursday.

Martinez made an early exit from Thursday's game against the Rays after experiencing cold sweats, dizziness, and an elevated heart rate. Ausmus said Friday afternoon that this is "more scary than a general baseball injury." That's all the information available at the moment.
Jun 16 - 1:58 PM

Victor Martinez pulled himself from Thursday night's game after experiencing some nausea.

"He’s not feeling well," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said after the 5-3 win over the Rays. "He got cold sweats, dizzy and his heart was racing. It got to a point where he felt he couldn’t go." Hopefully it's just a minor illness. Martinez was 2-for-4 with an RBI before getting replaced at DH by Dixon Machado.
Source: Detroit News
Jun 16 - 6:27 AM

Victor Martinez went 2-for-4 in a win over the Angels on Wednesday.

He factored into a pair of runs but didn't get any credit for it in the box score. He hit into a double play that plated a run in the third inning but was not awarded an RBI. He singled in the eighth inning, advanced to second on a single by J.D. Martinez and was then lifted for a pinch-runner who scored on a home run by Justin Upton. Martinez is batting .268/.347/.395 with five homers and 28 RBI in 216 plate appearances. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the 38-year-old veteran go on a hot streak at some point this summer. He hit .289 with 27 homers and 86 RBI a year ago.
Jun 7 - 11:04 PM

Victor Martinez is not in the Tigers' lineup Sunday.

It looks to be a simple day off. The Tigers have J.D. Martinez in the designated hitter spot and Mikie Mahtook in right field.
Jun 4 - 10:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1James McCann
2John Hicks
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Dixon Machado
3B1Nicholas Castellanos
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Alex Presley
2Andrew Romine
3JaCoby Jones
RF1Mikie Mahtook
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Justin Verlander
2Michael Fulmer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Daniel Norris
5Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Shane Greene
2Alex Wilson
3Joe Jimenez
4Warwick Saupold
5Chad Bell
6Daniel Stumpf
7Drew VerHagen
8Jeff Ferrell