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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%: 99/85 | Average Draft Position: 123.99
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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.


J.D. Martinez homers, drives in four runs Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 7-2 win over the Indians Friday.

Martinez slugged a two-run home run to left center field in the fourth inning to break a 1-1 tie. He then came back with a two-run triple in a seventh inning in which the Tigers scored four times to put the game out of reach. Martinez has hit .305/.347/.553 with 21 home runs, 69 RBI and six stolen bases in 387 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez slugs 18th home run Monday vs. Indians


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 with a walk and a solo home run in his team's 12-1 win over the Indians Monday.

Martinez combined with Victor Martinez on back-to-back home runs in the third inning to put the Tigers up 5-1 before the offense combined for seven runs in the final three innings. The outfielder has hit .307/.348/.550 with 18 home runs and 60 RBI in 349 at-bats.


J.D. Martinez hits 17th home run Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez clubbed his 17th home run Tuesday against the Rays.

Martinez waited until the eighth inning to strike. He led off the inning by taking a 75 mph curveball out to center field for the solo shot. Martinez would also single during the contest. He finished 2 for 5, with one run scored and one RBI. 


J.D. Martinez powers Tigers to win


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez did much of the heavy lifting Thursday, as he drove in the team's first two runs in a 5-2 win over the Pirates.

Martinez got the Tigers on the board with his solo shot in the fifth inning, and then added on RBI on a bases-loaded walk in the following frame. He went 2 for 4 with two RBI, one run scored and one walk in the win.

Martinez has been cold throughout August, but now has six RBI in 13 games. He is still hitting just .191 in the month, bringing his season line down to .303/.348/.566. 


J.D. Martinez picks up momentum with big game Thursday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2014) The slump experienced by Tigers surprising outfielder J.D. Martinez is apparently over. He homered, singled, walked and scored twice Thursday in a defeat to the White Sox.

Martinez has rebounded from a 4-for-30 slide to slam five hits and score four runs in the last three games. He still boasts an impressive .325/.363/.605 this season.


J.D. Martinez returns Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has returned to action Friday.

Martinez has missed two games due to a quad injury. He was initially scheduled to play Thursday, but was a late scratch. Martinez is hitting .327/.363/.606 over 208 at-bats. 


J.D. Martinez late scratch with quad soreness


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was a late scratch Thursday night against the Angels because of quad soreness. He has missed back-to-back games because of the ailment. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats. Martinez's status remains uncertain for Friday's game against the Angels.

J.D. Martinez returns to lineup Thursday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez returned to the starting lineup Thursday night against the Angels in Anaheim. Martinez missed Wednesday's game due to a quad injury. He is hitting .327 with 13 homers and 44 RBI in 208 at-bats.

Quad ailment has J.D. Martinez sidelined Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Upper quad discomfort prevented Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez from making his appointed rounds Wednesday in Arizona.

Martinez felt a twinge after singling in the eighth inning of the Tuesday loss to the Diamondbacks. He should be considered day-to-day at this point. His torrid stretch has been interrupted by a 3-for-20 slide. Martinez has scored just one run in the last seven games and driven in none in the last four.


No slowing J.D. Martinez down in July


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2014) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez has continued his hot-hitting ways in the month of July, as he put together another multi-hit effort in a 16-4 win over the Royals.

Four days after slugging his career-high 12th home run of the season, Martinez was held in the yard Thursday. He still managed to make his impact felt, reaching base three times and driving in three runs, while going 2 for 3 with a walk. He added a pair of runs scored in the win.

Martinez is hitting .429/.462/.829 with three home runs and nine RBI in nine July games.