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28 J.D. Martinez RF
Height/Weight: 6-3/221 | Birthdate: 8/21/1987 | Birthplace: Miami, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: None | MLB Experience: 5 | Owned/Started%: 98/91 | Average Draft Position: 123.92
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Tigers' J.D. Martinez slides to DH spot, Tyler Collins gets the day off,


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is serving as a designated hitter Thursday afternoon against the Astros, with Tyler Collins receiving a day off. Collins served as a DH for the previous two games since Victor Martinez was placed on the disabled list.

Rajai Davis is in right field batting seventh, and Anthony Gose is in center and at the leadoff spot.

Detroit is favored (-160) at home against Houston, per VegasInsider.com.


Ausmus prefers J.D. Martinez as new Tigers cleanup hitter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez has outhit now-sidelined teammate Victor Martinez most of the year - which isn't saying much. It stands to reason he will provide better protection in the lineup for hitting machine Miguel Cabrera than did the ailing veteran.

"There's not many people that can protect Miggy," Brad Ausmus told MLive.com. "But I think J.D.'s our best option."

A better option, apparently, than Yoenis Cespedes.

"I like Cespy being able to clear the deck, so to speak," Ausmus added.

An 0-for-25 stretch with 16 strikeouts proved to be one setback for J.D. Martinez, but he has otherwise performed well at the plate. He now owns a 10-game hitting streak that has raised his average from .216 to .260.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez will bat cleanup with Victor Martinez out


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is batting cleanup and left fielder Yoenis Cespedes is batting fifth in Tuesday's matchup with the Brewers.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said on Tuesday that the team would likely continue to go with the pair of outfielders in the fourth and fifth spots while Victor Martinez is on the disabled list, MLive.com reports.

The Tigers are heavy favorites (-175) against the Brewers on Tuesday, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers RF J.D. Martinez homers, singles in rout of Cardinals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/16/2015) Based on progression, Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez will get three hits in each of the next three games. He has followed three one-hit games with three two-hit games.

Martinez homered in the last of those two-hit games. His solo job in the seventh inning Friday night against host St. Louis helped Detroit to a blowout victory. He later singled and scored.

He is 9-for-21 with four runs scored during his six-game hitting streak.


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez fourth in lineup with Victor Martinez out


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) There will be a Martinez batting cleanup for the Tigers in St. Louis on Friday night. But for the second straight game, it will be J.D. Martinez rather than Victor Martinez.

The latter is sitting out not because he has been in a season-long slump, but due to the game being played in a National League park.

J.D. Martinez, on the other hand, is on a five-game hitting streak and has nine walks in the last eight games. His slash line is a solid .244/.314/.465.


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez back in action as a DH on Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez, who left Wednesday with a back injury, returned to the starting lineup, but as a designated hitter Thursday afternoon against the Twins. Yoenis Cespedes will play left field, with Rajai Davis in right and Anthony Gose in center.

Martinez is hitting .236 (29 for 123) with seven homers and 16 RBI in 33 games.

Detroit is favored (-157) at home against Minnesota, per VegasInsider.com.


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez exits Twins game with injury


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez left Wednesday's game against the Twins with an injury, according to MLB.com

Martinez was spotted grabbing his back in the dugout. Rajai Davis pinch-hit for Martinez in the sixth inning. 


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez hits homer in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez hit his seventh home run of the season in Tuesday night's 2-1 win over the Twins. 

Martinez hit his homer in the fourth inning off of Kyle Gibson. Martinez went 1 for 4 of the night and struck out once. This is Martinez's third consecutive game with a hit. 

Martinez is now hitting .235/.331/.294 this season. 


Tigers' Martinez, Cespedes swap lineup spots Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2015) Tigers outfielders J.D. Martinez and Yoenis Cespedes have swapped lineup spots for the second time in a week.

Martinez was dropped to sixth for the first time this season Wednesday and stayed in that spot for the team's last five games while Cespedes batted fifth. The Tigers have revered to the lineup they featured through most of April, with Martinez fifth and Cespedes sixth.

The Tigers are favorites (-129) against the Twins at home Tuesday.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez struggling offensively in May


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Though Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was able to break a seven-game hitless streak Saturday, he has managed just two hits in 25 at-bats in the month of May.

Martinez jumped out to a hot start this season, collecting four home runs in his first seven games, but it's been largely downhill since. He's managed to battle the offensive woes by drawing eight walks in his last five games, but the outfielder is hitting just .222/.295/.436 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 117 at-bats. Those numbers are more in line with his early-career production rather than his breakout 2014 campaign.


Slumping Tigers RF J.D. Martinez gets a day of rest vs. Royals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez received a day of rest Saturday against the Royals. Martinez has struggled as of late, hitting .205 (8-for-39) with 17 strikeouts over his last 10 games. He has been held without a hit in his four career at-bats against right-hander Edinson Volquez.

Rajai Davis moved to right field and will bat ninth, while Anthony Gose remained in the leadoff spot and in center field.

Detroit is favored (-125) at Kansas City, per VegasInsider.com.


Lone hit a homer Wednesday for Tigers RF J.D. Martinez


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez only contributed one hit to the slugfest Wednesday in Minnesota. But it was one heck of a hit.

Martinez smashed one of four Detroit home runs in the victory. His solo blast in a four-run sixth that tied the game landed over the fence in left.

He has six home runs and 15 RBI on the year and a fine .545 slugging percentage.


J.D. Martinez drives in two for Tigers


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez drove in two runs in Sunday's 8-6 win over Cleveland. Martinez doubled and went 1 for 4 on the day, bringing his average to .263.

Martinez now has 14 RBI for the season.  


White Sox starter Chris Sale moves to 2-0 with win on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) White Sox starter Chris Sale improved to 2-0 on Saturday with six strong innings against the Tigers.

Sale allowed two runs on four hits and struck out six to earn the victory.

J.D. Martinez connected for a solo homer off Sale.

"Man, yeah, It really takes all the pressure off," Sale said about his run support. "You still have to perform and get through it. I don't think I've ever seen 12 runs before. It was impressive."

Sale's next start is schedule for Thursday against the Royals.


Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez rips fourth home run of 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez went 1 for 3 Monday in Detroit's 5-4 loss to the Pirates. Martinez struggled early on in the game before finally breaking through in the ninth inning, ripping a 1-1 pitch from Mark Melancon to right field, driving in Miguel Cabrera.

It was Martinez's fourth home run in his first 31 at-bats and is now hitting .290 on the year.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez homers in three-hit performance Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez went 3 for 5 for a home run and three RBI in his team's 8-5 win over the Indians Sunday.

Martinez picked up two RBI on a second-inning single before tacking on one more with his ninth-inning home run, which is already his third of the season. He's 8 for 28 with seven RBI over the first week of play.


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez homers, drives in three runs


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 5 at the plate in Thursday's win over the Twins. Martinez hit a home run and a single, driving in a game-high three runs. He is now hitting .286 on the season. 

Tigers OF J.D. Martinez connects for HR on Opening Day


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez connected for just one hit in four at-bats during Monday's season opener against the Twins, but he at least made it count.

Martinez gave Detroit a 1-0 lead with a solo home run off Phil Hughes leading off a three-run second inning. 

Martinez, who hit a career-high 23 home runs in 2014, connected for five home runs this spring. He also hit .313 with four doubles, 11 RBI and 14 runs in 24 games.


Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez knows pitchers will make adjustments


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) After a breakout season in 2014, Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez knows pitchers will change how they pitch to him, which he said he's ready for, reports MLB.com.

"They weren't last year, how can I put it, just serving them up, just not making adjustments," Martinez said. "This is the new age of baseball, where everything is computers and calculations and sabermetrics. If you have a hole, they're going to find it and they're going to make the adjustments game to game because of that. Every game you play in, there's advance scouts watching you and there's computers that are charting you. So when they go sit down, they're looking at a screen with all your percentages of what you hit good, what you hit bad."

Manager Brad Ausmus agreed that it will not be easy for Martinez to duplicate his 2014 season, where he hit 23 home runs with 76 RBI while batting .315.

"They definitely have a more in-depth scouting reports compared to a year ago," Ausmus said. "They're much more aware of him as a power threat, so they'll be more careful with him. That's the nature of baseball."


Avila, Gose among options to bat second for Tigers vs. RHPs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/23/2015) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Monday he is "seriously considering" batting catcher Alex Avila second in the order against right-handed pitchers, per MLive.com. Anthony Gose appears to be the other main option, but Gose could also lead off, which would allow Ian Kinsler to bat second.

Ausmus added Jose Iglesias could also work into the mix, but he doesn't see Yoenis Cespedes, J.D. Martinez or Nick Castellanos as options to bat second.


Tigers' Martinez attributes success to listening to veteran players


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/4/2015) After struggling in three seasons with the Astros, outfielder J.D. Martinez finally enjoyed a breakout season in 2014 with the Tigers. He said listening to some of the veteran players, including Miguel Cabrera, was a big help in his turnaround.

"I learned so much just from watching them and picking their brains, and it really did help me," Martinez said, per the Detroit Free Press.

General manager Dave Dombrowksi agrees learning from veteran players was key for Martinez.

"There's no doubt," Dombrowski said. "Look at how he used the opposite field. Look at how he drove the ball out of the ballpark to rightfield and centerfield. J.D. definitely benefited, and we saw how good of a hitter he became last year for us."

Martinez hit .315 with a .553 slugging percentage, .912 OPS, 23 home runs, 30 doubles and 76 RBI in 123 games. He said he has spent the offseason fine-tuning his swing after revamping it last offseason.

"Little hitches and bat habits that maybe I wanted to polish up from last year, and the years before that I didn't have as much time to do before the season," he said. "This year just gives me more time to polish up things I want to before the season starts."


Report: Tigers, J.D. Martinez settle at $3 million


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) The Tigers have avoided arbitration with outfielder J.D. Martinez by agreeing to a one-year, $3-million deal, the Detroit Free Press reports.

Martinez was eligible for arbitration for the first time this offseason. He hit .315/.358/.553 with 23 home runs and 76 RBI in 441 at-bats in 2014.


David Price, Rick Porcello among Tigers players tendered contracts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) As expected, the Tigers have tendered contracts to all four arbitration-eligible players prior to the midnight deadline on Tuesday, reports the Detroit Free-Press. Those players include: Al Alburquerque, J.D. Martinez, Rick Porcello and David Price.

Tigers standout J.D. Martinez could move to DH in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/7/2014) Brad Ausmus is considering using 2014 Tigers surprise J.D. Martinez at designated hitter next season if Victor Martinez flies the coop in free agency.

"It's possible," Ausmus told the Detroit News. "We're certainly hoping something works out with Victor, but we have talked about that, about using J.D. there depending on how things shake out."

Martinez was used primarily in left field this year.

"I don't think you'd have to stick him at DH and never take him out or not use him in the outfield," Ausmus added. "Really, at that age -- Martinez is 27 -- I don't think I'd want to pigeon-hole him at DH."


J.D. Martinez homers in second straight postseason game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 1 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Martinez has opened up the ALDS with home runs in back-to-back games, but the Tigers still find themselves down 2-0 going into Sunday's Game 3 in Detroit. The outfielder came up with runners on the corners in the fourth and deposited the ball over the left-field fence, and his blast was followed by another by the next batter to put the Tigers up 5-2. His home runs are his only two hits in eight at-bats during the series.