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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%: 100/97 | Average Draft Position: 124.24
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Tigers' J.D. Martinez hit another home run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(1:47 am ET) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez hit a game-tying two-run home run in the eighth inning, sending Tuesday's game to extras. The Tigers eventually lost in 14.

Martinez hit his 20th homer of the year. He's homered in four of the last five games and has seven homers in the last seven. 

Martinez went 3 for 6 with two runs scored. 


Tigers' J.D. Martinez hits game-winning home run


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/27/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez hit a go-ahead home run in the eighth inning, breaking a tie with his 19th homer of the year. 

The solo shot gave Martinez home runs in each of his last three games and six homers in the last five games. 

"It just feels like I'm getting maybe one hit a game, but it just happens to be a home run," Martinez said. "It's one of those things right now where I can't explain it. You just hit a ball, and it's a home run. It's weird."


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez continues crazy power surge


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/26/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez homered for the second straight game and fifth time in four games during an 8-7 loss to the White Sox on Thursday. Martinez connected for a two-run homer off Carlos Rodon in the fifth inning.

Martinez, who has 18 home runs, has homered nine times since June 7. He is batting .333 (19 for 57) with an .842 slugging percentage, 1.219 OPS, two doubles, 22 RBI, 10 runs, three walks and 10 strikeouts in his last 15 games.


Tigers RF J.D. Martinez smashes another homer Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) If Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez isn't going to slug his team to victory, he's at least going to put a dent in the stat line of an opposing pitcher.

Martinez mashed his fourth home run in three games Wednesday and wrecked the shutout of Cleveland starter Carlos Carrasco in the process. His towering two-run blast in the seventh inning landed over the wall in left field.

He is batting .350 (14-for-40) over his last 10 games with a whopping 16 RBI. He now has 17 homers and 43 RBI on the year.


Struggles against Salazar have Tigers RF J.D. Martinez on bench


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/23/2015) Tigers slugger J.D. Martinez has hit just about everyone since arriving in Detroit, but Indians right-hander and Tuesday starter Danny Salazar is not included. Martinez is 1-for-9 with seven strikeouts lifetime against Salazar, which is why he is out of the lineup.

Martinez went 0-for-4 Monday night to end a torrid streak highlighted by a three-homer explosion the day before. He is 13-for-37 over his last nine games.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez blasts three home runs on Sunday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/21/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez had quite an afternoon at Yankee Stadium on Sunday. Martinez went 3 for 5 with three home runs and six RBI in the 12-4 victory over the Yankees. Just one would have been enough for his dad Julio on Father's Day. 

"He said, 'Why don't you hit home run No. 14 for me,'" Martinez said, per MLive.com.

Martinez had a two-run shot in the first inning, and a solo shot in the fifth, both off Masahiro Tanaka. He then added a three-run bomb in the sixth inning, as he became the first Tigers player to have three home runs in a game against the Yankees since 1959.

"It was just one of those days where you take swings and you're actually hitting the ball how you want to hit it," Martinez said, per MLB.com. "There's not too many of those days, so you've just got to take advantage of them."

Martinez now has 16 home runs and 41 RBI on the season. This was the first multi-homer game of his career. He has hit seven longballs in 17 games this month.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez hits in tenth straight game


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez went 1 for 4 in Tuesday's loss to Cincinnati. 

The single extended Martinez's hitting streak to 10 games. He's hitting .333 with 1.031 OPS over the streak. 


Tigers OF J.D. Martinez hits two-run home run Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez smacked his 13th home run of season to help lead the Tigers to a 6-0 win over the Reds on Monday.

Martinez hit the two-run shot off Nate Adcock in the sixth inning. He finished the game 2 for 4 with two RBI.

Prior to his two-hit game Monday, Martinez was hitting .324 with three home runs and 10 RBI in his last nine games.


Tigers' J.D. Martinez homers, hits in eighth straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez went 2 for 4 in Sunday's win over Cleveland. 

Martinez hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning. He now has 12 home runs and 32 RBI this season. 

Martinez has now hit in eight straight games. 


Tigers RF J.D. Martinez belts two-run home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/13/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez had two hits, including his 11th home run of the season, in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the Indians. Martinez went 2 for 4 with the home run, a double, two RBI, a walk and a run scored.

The home run was a solo shot in the eighth inning to bring the Tigers to within a run, but it wasn't enough as the Indians were able to hold on for the victory.

This was Martinez's second multi-hit performance this month, as he owns a .237 batting average through 10 games in June.


Tigers RF J.D. Martinez grabbing some pine Friday night


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/12/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez is only 1-for-9 lifetime with seven strikeouts against Indians starting pitcher Danny Salazar, who takes the mound Friday night.

Martinez will not dig in against him unless he comes into the game late. He is out of the lineup. Tyler Collins will take his place in the field and in the fifth spot in the batting order.


Tigers RF J.D. Martinez drives in three runs Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez drove in three runs to help lead the Tigers to a 6-4 win over the White Sox on Sunday.

"The last couple of days," manager Brad Ausmus said of Martinez, per MLB.com. "He looked like he was taking the thought process out of it and just seeing it and hitting it."

Martinez drove in two of the three runs when he connected off Jeff Samardzija in the sixth inning for a two-run home run. He finished the game 2 for 4 and is now batting .258 on the season.

"Unfortunately we have an off day [Monday]," Martinez said, per the Detroit Free Press. "I kind of wish we were playing."

Over his last 10 games, Martinez is 11 for 40 with one home run and three RBI.


Tigers RF J.D. Martinez collects two doubles in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez went 3 for 4 at the plate in Detroit's 8-6 loss to the Angels on Saturday. Martinez ripped two doubles, pushing his total to 11 on the year, and scored two runs in the contest. 

Martinez is now hitting .266 with 22 RBI in 188 at-bats this season.


Tigers' Jose Iglesias out of lineup, but MRI clear


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is out of the lineup for Sunday's game with a sore knee. An MRI and X-ray showed no structural damage, and he's considered day-to-day, per MLive.

Andrew Romine replaces Iglesias at short.

The Tigers also gave catcher James McCann a rest. starting Bryan Holaday behind the plate.

J.D. Martinez moves to DH, replaced in right by Rajai Davis


J.D. Martinez powers Tigers to win over Astros on Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez smacked a three-run home run to lift the Tigers to a 6-2 win over the Astros on Friday.

The home run came off Collin McHugh in the third inning. It was his ninth home run of the season. Martinez finished the game 2 for 3 with three RBI. Over his last 13 games, Martinez is 18 for 47 with three home runs and six RBI.


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.