|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||560.00||20.00||.305||99.00||72.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Minnesota||27||7||0|| .286|| .296|| .259|
|vs Zuanich (Career)||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs RHP||116||25||2|| .282|| .310|| .216|
|Last 10 Games|
|Victor Martinez hits second home run |
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(5/14/13) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez clubbed his second home run of the season Monday against the Astros.
In the bottom of the fourth, Martinez hit the first pitch he saw from Bud Norris over the right-field wall for a two-run shot. Martinez has struggled this year, hitting just .213/.273/.309 in 136 at-bats.
|Victor Martinez back on familiar turf|
|by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com|
(5/10/13) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez returned to the starting lineup Friday against Cleveland after being relegated to pinch-hitting duties the past two games while Detroit played at Washington. Martinez took his usual fifth spot in the batting order as he looks to extend his four-game hitting streak while playing in American League parks.
|Victor Martinez doing many things right|
|by Al Melchior | Data Analyst|
(5/7/13) It cannot be denied: Victor Martinez has given Fantasy owners precious little production this year. Yet for someone with abysmal Fantasy stats, the Tigers' designated hitter is doing a lot of things right.
Martinez is still hitting for contact, walking at a reasonable (if not great) rate, exercising strong plate discipline and stinging the ball for frequent line drives and outfield flies. He is batting only .068 on flyballs, and it's not just because Martinez has been limited to only one home run. As shown on his spray chart on TexasLeaguers.com, plenty of Martinez's flies have traveled deep into the outfield.
Time will tell if Martinez will increase his power to the point where more balls will leave the yard. There are enough positive signs so far that owners should wait out Martinez's slump for at least a few more weeks. He is not beyond benching, but Martinez is far from droppable.
|Victor Martinez out of lineup Tuesday|
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
(5/7/13) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is not in the club's starting lineup Tuesday against the Nationals.
The club is playing in Washington, and will not utilize a DH. Martinez will likely be available to pinch hit. It's unclear how much he'll play when the team plays in National League parks.
|No DH to limit Victor Martinez's role|
|by Ed Gauna | CBSSports.com|
(5/5/13) Tigers manager Jim Leyland told MLB.com that he will use Victor Martinez solely as a pinch-hitter when Detroit begins a two-game series with Washington Tuesday.
Martinez has served as DH in all but one game so far this season after missing the entire 2012 campaign because of knee surgery.
"He'll be coming off the bench to pinch-hit," Leyland said Sunday. "If you have a freak game, lopsided one way or the other, you might get Prince [Fielder] out of there after a few innings and play [Martinez] at first."
Fielder clutch as Tigers rally to edge Twins
Prince Fielder bounced a tiebreaking single off Jared Burton's glove in the eighth inning, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.
Hit Parade for Week 9
Verlander overcomes rough start, rain delay to top Indians
Justin Verlander overcame a rocky start and rain delay to get his fifth win and Miguel Cabrera hit another homer as the Detroit Tigers beat the Cleveland Indians 11-7 on Wednesday night, sweeping the two-game series between the AL Central's top teams.
Cabrera homers as Tigers end Indians' 5-game win streak
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer and Max Scherzer retired 22 straight batters after the first inning, leading the Detroit Tigers to a 5-1 win over Cleveland on Tuesday night to stop the Indians' winning streak at five and trim their lead in the AL Central.
Hit Parade for Week 8
Some heavy hitters are finally starting to return to form and good health, leaving owners with many tough decisions. Our Scott White looks at all of the streaks and matchups in his latest Hit Parade.
|As Victor Martinez is set to return after missing 2012 due to a torn ACL, owners will have to deal with the uncertainty of how he will perform after the long layoff. One point of ambiguity has been resolved -- at least for owners in leagues on CBSSports.com -- as Martinez will lose his catcher eligibility. To start the season, he can only be used in a designated hitter or utility slot. That alone will make him less valuable than he was pre-injury, but barring a sharp decline, Martinez should still offer owners enough in the batting average, RBI and runs categories to have value similar to what Billy Butler had going into last season. There is even some potential still for a 20-homer season, so while you can probably get Martinez with a middle-round pick in mixed leagues, he could provide a generous return on that investment. (Updated 12/4/12)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|5/24/13||MIN||7:08 pm||Samuel Deduno|
|5/25/13||MIN||4:08 pm||Kevin Correia|
|5/26/13||MIN||1:08 pm||Mike Pelfrey|
|5/27/13||PIT||1:08 pm||Francisco Liriano|
|5/28/13||PIT||7:08 pm||Jeanmar Gomez|
|5/29/13||@ PIT||7:05 pm||A.J. Burnett|
|5/30/13||@ PIT||7:05 pm||Jeff Locke|