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41 Victor Martinez DH
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 12/23/1978 | Birthplace: Ciudad Bolivar, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: S/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 12 | Salary: $13,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/95 | Average Draft Position: 142.09
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Victor Martinez slugs homer No. 30


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez had another big game Saturday, in a 5-4 loss to the Giants.

Martinez clubbed his 30th home run of the season in the game, a solo shot. He went 3 for 4 overall with one run scored and one driven in, and is now hitting .335/.406/.575 in what has been the most productive season of his career.

 


Victor Martinez slugs 28th home run Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Tigers first baseman Victor Martinez went 2 for 3 with two walks and a two-run home run in his team's 12-1 win over the Indians Monday.

It was a very productive day for the middle of the Tigers order, as the 3-4-5 hitters and their late-game replacements combined to go 9 for 14 with three walks and four home runs in the blowout win. Martinez has reached base safely in each of his last 20 games. He has hit .329/.400/.563 with 28 home runs and 90 RBI in 474 at-bats.


Victor Martinez clubs career-best 26th homer


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/28/2014) Tigers catcher Victor Martinez continues his strong performance Wednesday, as he established a career-high in homers during the course of an 8-4 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez clubbed a solo home run in the sixth inning, giving him a career-best 26 on the season. He ultimately finished the game 1 for 3 with a walk and two runs scored in the loss.

Martinez is at or near career-highs in numerous categories this season, as he has enjoyed a resurgence at the age of 35. He is hitting .327/.396/.555 with 85 RBI in 120 games. 


Victor Martinez delivers 25th home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 3 for 6 with a home run and four RBI in his team's 13-4 win over the Twins Sunday.

Martinez picked up his first RBI on a fielder's choice in the third inning to give his team a 3-0 lead. He then put the Tigers up 4-3 with an RBI single in the fifth. Martinez capped his night with a two-run home run in the sixth inning. He has hit .328/.396/.553 with 25 home runs and 84 RBI in 445 at-bats.


Victor Martinez belts grand slam


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez blasted a grand slam Wednesday against the Rays.

Martinez stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. He worked a five-pitch at-bat, homering on a 92 mph fastball. Martinez also doubled in a run during the contest. He finished 2 for 3, with one run scored and five RBI. 


Victor Martinez slugs 23rd home run Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 2 for 4 with a three-run home run in his team's 4-0 win over the Rockies Sunday.

Martinez saw one run come home in the third inning Sunday before launching his second home run in as many days. He hadn't homered since July 3 before his recent two-game stretch. Martinez has hit .321/.381/.567 with 23 home runs and 65 RBI in 365 at-bats.


Victor Martinez produces 22nd HR in 11-5 win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Tigers DH Victor Martinez connected for his 22nd home run during an 11-5 win Saturday against the Rockies. He gave Detroit an 8-2 lead with a three-run homer off Tyler Matzek in the fifth inning.

Martinez has homered just twice since July 1. However, he is batting .297 with a .361 on-base percentage, .422 slugging percentage and .783 OPS in his last 18 games. He has two doubles, 10 RBI and 10 runs in that span.


Report: Victor Martinez to play first twice in Arizona


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/20/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is destined to start two of three games in Arizona next week at first base, thereby pushing Miguel Cabrera to third, according to MLive.com.

Those moves would force third baseman Nick Castellanos to the bench.

The slumping Tigers would be hard-pressed to take Martinez out of the lineup. Despite rare back-to-back hitless games in a Saturday doubleheader, he still owns a .322/.384/.583 stat line.


Victor Martinez back in the lineup Friday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez made his expected return from a back injury Friday against the Indians, after missing two weeks while recovering.

Martinez sat out the final eight games of the first half of the season while healing, and the All-Star break finally allowed him to get to full health. 


Victor Martinez has '95 percent' chance to return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/14/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez said Monday that he has a 95 percent chance of returning to the lineup Friday, MLB.com reports.

"I swung the bat yesterday for the first time," Martinez said. "There’s like a 95 percent [chance] that I’m going to be able to play when I get back on Friday.

"I’m a lot better. I’m almost right there. I mean, as much as I love the game and as much as I love this team, this stage right here, we still have a long way to go. I have to get right. I have to get back into the lineup and keep helping the team."

Martinez hasn't played since July 4, but he has remained on the active roster while dealing with his back issue, which will cause him to miss the All-Star game. He has hit .328/.391/.599 with 21 home runs and 55 RBI in 302 at-bats.


Tigers planning to get Victor Martinez back Friday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he's planning on getting designated hitter Victor Martinez back in the lineup Friday, reports MLive.com. Martinez hurt his back June 29 while taking a swing and will go into the All-Star break having played in just two of the team's last 13 games.

He's hitting .328 with 21 homers and 55 RBI. Martinez will participate in All-Star festivities but not the game. He'll swing the bat in a team workout early Friday, hoping to get cleared for Friday's game against the Indians.


Victor Martinez not healthy enough to play in ASG


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez (back) will not play in the All-Star game, but will be there for the festivities in Minneapolis, MLB.com reports Saturday.

"He should go, I mean he was selected by his peers. He should definitely go," manager Brad Ausmus said.

Victor Martinez not expected to return in Kansas City


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Due to ongoing issues with his back, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is expected to sit out through the All-Star break, manager Brad Ausmus told The Detroit News Wednesday.

Martinez was out of the lineup for the fourth game in a row Wednesday against the Tigers, and Ausmus said he does not expect to have him back for the team's four-game series against the Royals. Martinez could end up getting two full weeks off, assuming he is healthy enough to return for the first game of the All-Star break. 


Victor Martinez out of lineup again Wednesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Dodgers, as he continues to deal with pain in his side.

Martinez has not played since last Friday as a result of the injury, and there is still no timetable for his return. 


Victor Martinez sitting out again Tuesday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez missed his third straight game in a row Tuesday against the Dodgers, as he continues to deal with pain in his side. He remains day to day moving forward, but could sit out through the All-Star break if the pain does not subside.  

Victor Martinez uncertain for Tuesday


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez continues to feel pain in his side, and his status is uncertain for Tuesday's game against the Dodgers, reports MLive.com. The website said Tigers management and trainers "will be involved in the decision about whether Martinez plays in the All-Star game on July 15 – even if he returns to the Detroit lineup before then."

American League reserves revealed for All-Star Game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) On Sunday, Major League Baseball revealed the American League reserves for the 2014 All-Star Game, which will be held on July 15 at Target Field in Minneapolis.

The following players were selected as reserves:

C Salvador Perez, Royals
C Derek Norris, Athletics
C Kurt Suzuki, Twins
1B Jose Abreu, White Sox
1B Victor Martinez, Tigers
1B Edwin Encarnacion, Blue Jays
1B/OF Brandon Moss, Athletics
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
SS Alexei Ramirez, White Sox
3B Adrian Beltre, Rangers
OF Yoenis Cespedes, Athletics
OF Alex Gordon, Royals
OF Michael Brantley, Indians

Victor Martinez sitting out as expected


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez, who continues to deal with back pain, was not in Sunday's lineup against the Rays. Detroit is off Monday before opening a two-game series against the Dodgers.

Victor Martinez unlikely to play Sunday


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez told the Detroit Free Press he does not expect the pain in his side to subside in time for Sunday's game against the Rays.

Martinez is likely out until at least Tuesday's series opener against the Dodgers, though manager Brad Ausmus also acknowledged he might hold Martinez out of the lineup through the All-Star break.


Victor Martinez a possible no-go through All-Star break


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) Brad Ausmus has conceded that an ailing back could keep Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez sidelined through the All-Star break, but for now he's day-to-day.

Martinez left the Friday game in pain and is out of the lineup Saturday as well.


Back issue has Victor Martinez sidelined Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/5/2014) A back ailment that forced Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez out of the game Friday has prevented him from starting Saturday against Tampa Bay. Torii Hunter will assume that role.

Martinez has played like an all-star all season. He boasts a stat line of .328/.391/.599 and needs just five home runs the rest of the way to break his career high.


Victor Martinez exits game with back injury


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez was forced out of Friday's game against the Rays with a back injury.

Martinez, who missed three games with ribcage soreness, left the game in the eighth inning with the injury. He is hitting .328/.391/.599 with 21 homers and 55 RBI in 302 at-bats. His status remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Tampa Bay.

Victor Martinez homers in return to lineup Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Returning to the starting lineup Thursday after missing three games with ribcage soreness, Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez went 2 for 3 with a walk and a two-run home run in his team's 8-1 win over the Rays.

Martinez's first-inning home run put his team up 4-0 before the Rays were able to record an out. He appears to be just fine after missing the first part of the week. Martinez has hit .327/.389/.600 with 21 home runs and 54 RBI in 300 at-bats.


Victor Martinez back in lineup Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2014) Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez is back in the lineup Thursday and batting cleanup in his team's game against the Rays.

Martinez missed the past three games while dealing with soreness in his ribcage. He returns to an excellent .323/.384/.589 line with 20 home runs and 52 RBI in 297 at-bats.


Tigers hopeful Victor Martinez will be back Thursday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he hopes to have DH Victor Martinez back in the lineup Thursday vs. Tampa Bay. Martinez missed a third straight game Wednesday due to a rib cage injury.

"He tried to talk his way in," Ausmus said of Victor Martinez following Tuesday's game, per MLB.com. "I just felt like we've got to give it a little more time. It's in an area on his side that if it becomes serious, it could be a long-term thing."