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J.D. Martinez | Outfielder

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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J.D. Martinez crushed a three-run homer in the third inning on Friday, leading the Tigers offensive attack in a 6-2 win over the Astros.
Martinez clobbered what looked to be a game-changing three-run homer to left field on the previous pitch, which hooked just foul at the last second. He then took the next Collin McHugh offering deep to right-center field to put the Tigers on top 3-2. He finished the night 2-for-3 and is now slashing .266/.337/.487 with nine homers and 21 RBI on the season. May 22 - 10:17 PM

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J.D. Martinez (back) is in the Tigers' starting lineup on Thursday afternoon versus the Twins.

Martinez made an early exit on Wednesday night after experiencing some tightness in his lower back, but it obviously wasn't a huge deal. He's at DH on Thursday.
May 14 - 10:22 AM

J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game with lower back tightness.

Martinez exited in the sixth inning after feeling tightness in his back. The good news is that the club has labeled him day to day, so he should be back before long.
May 13 - 9:11 PM

J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game against the Twins with a possible back injury.

Martinez was seen grabbing his back before going down the dugout tunnel. Rajai Davis pinch-hit for him in the sixth inning. Martinez was 2-for-2 before leaving. The Tigers should provide an update on his injury soon.
May 13 - 9:06 PM

J.D. Martinez provided the Tigers one of their two runs in Tuesday's win against the Twins with a solo home run.

Martinez, who went 1-for-4, homered in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie. The slugger had been slumping but registered hits in his previous two games. That, along with his homer on Tuesday, may be a sign he's out of his slump. His triple-slash line is a mediocre .223/.293/.455 with seven home runs and 16 RBI.
May 12 - 10:17 PM

J.D. Martinez will bat fifth Tuesday against the Twins.

Martinez was dropped down to the No. 6 spot for the last five games, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus apparently feels like he's close to breaking out of his slump. Yoenis Cespedes is back in the sixth spot Tuesday against Kyle Gibson.
May 12 - 3:25 PM

J.D. Martinez has been dropped to the sixth spot in the Tigers' lineup on Wednesday.

Martinez had hit fourth or fifth in all 26 of his previous starts this year, but he's in a deep slump and batting just .231/.259/.462 for the season. Yoenis Cespedes is batting fifth for the Tigers on Wednesday night.
Source: MLive.com
May 6 - 5:53 PM

J.D. Martinez is not in the Tigers starting lineup for Saturday's contest against the Royals.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus will roll with Anthony Gose in center field and Rajai Davis in right. Martinez is hitting just .205 (8-for-39) with 17 strikeouts over his last 10 games, so a day to clear his head is likely to do some good.
May 2 - 2:36 PM

J.D. Martinez had another rough night at the plate in Friday's loss to the Royals, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts.

Martinez has been in a bit of a funk at the plate recently, hitting just .205 (8-for-39) with 17 strikeouts in his last 10 games. While he has hit for impressive power again this season, his .280 on-base percentage is certainly concerning.
May 1 - 11:25 PM

J.D. Martinez doubled twice in four at-bats as the Tigers lost a low-scoring match-up with the Yankees on Thursday.

Martinez was the only one who could hit Masahiro Tanaka, as the right-hander yielded only three hits to the Tigers. Two of those were Martinez doubles, and he was stranded both times. Martinez is having a strong follow-up to his breakout 2014 campaign, now hitting .281/.313/.578 with five home runs and 12 RBI.
Apr 23 - 4:46 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a double and two runs scored as the Tigers fell to the Yankees on Tuesday.

Martinez scored both Tiger runs on the evening, doubling and scoring in the seventh inning, then singling and scoring in the ninth. The outfielder is hitting well to start the season, batting .281/.305/.579 with five home runs and 11 RBI.
Apr 21 - 11:18 PM

J.D. Martinez blasted his fifth home run of the season in a losing effort against the White Sox on Saturday.

He took Chris Sale out to the opposite field for the solo shot in the fourth inning, the fourth time this season that Martinez has homered to right field. He finished the day 1-for-4 and is now hitting .255/.271/.596 with the five long balls and 10 RBI on the season.
Apr 18 - 4:20 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a two-run homer off Pittsburgh's Mark Melancon as part of the Tigers' comeback bid in Monday's loss.

Martinez's homer was just the second by a right-hander and fourth overall surrendered by Melancon in 145 innings since the beginning of 2013. He already has four homers and nine RBI this season, and he looks like a top-20 fantasy outfielder right now.
Apr 13 - 4:33 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-5 and belted his second home run of the season as the Tigers completed their three-game sweep of the Twins with a 7-1 win on Thursday.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with an RBI single as part of a two-run first inning. He then added another opposite-field home run, this one a two-run blast, that chased Kyle Gibson in the fourth. He's now 4-for-14 (.286) with a pair of homers and four RBI in the early going. There's no evidence yet to expect that his 2014 campaign was a fluke.
Apr 9 - 7:46 PM

J.D. Martinez slugged a solo shot in the Twins' Opening Day victory over the Twins on Monday.

Martinez took Phil Hughes deep to right-center field in the bottom of the second inning to open the game's scoring. Alex Avila then slugged a two-run shot a couple batters later. Some are expecting regression from Martinez after his breakout 2014, but he's got a nice early lead on the doubters.
Apr 6 - 4:03 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
2Tyler Collins
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joakim Soria
2Joba Chamberlain
3Bruce Rondon
4Angel Nesbitt
5Blaine Hardy
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Alex Wilson
8Joe Nathan