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  1. Dioner Navarro has hit three home runs today

    May 29, 2013, 5:17 PM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Chicago Cubs

    OK, so the White Sox-Cubs game isn’t even over yet, but I had to write something about this. Cubs backup catcher Dioner Navarro, who’s making a rare start in place of Welington Castillo, has homered three times in three at-bats. Navarro walked in his other plate appearance and has driven in a total of six…

  2. Victor Martinez would catch if the Tigers let him

    May 8, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    Absent a sitcom-like case of frying-pan-to-the-head-induced amnesia, they won’t let him. But Victor Martinez would love to get behind the plate: “Hopefully by the end of the season I’ll be able to get behind the plate.” Martinez said he could catch right now if the Tigers asked him to. “I’m pretty healthy,” he said. “That’s not…

  3. Victor Martinez knows when he’s out

    Apr 25, 2013, 8:52 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Former catcher Victor Martinez is not about to cause a collision when there’d be no damn point to it: That play came after Tigers third base coach Tom Brookens decided to send the less-than-fleet-footed Martinez home with Jeff “I have an amazing freakin’ arm and I’m not afraid to use it” Francoeur fielding the ball…

  4. And That Happened: Wednesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 25, 2013, 6:54 AM EDT

    New York Mets' Valdespin celebrates after hitting grand-slam walk-off home run off Los Angeles Dodgers' Wall in MLB game in New York

    Mets 7, Dodgers 3: Jordany Valdespin with a walkoff grand slam. See, good things happen when he doesn’t try to bunt. Reds 1, Cubs 0: Mat Latos tossed seven shutout innings and Broxton and Chapman finished it off. Tough luck for Jeff Samardzija who struck out eight in six innings, but he’s gonna have to get used…

  5. Victor Martinez requires eight stitches after run-in with a bat rack

    Apr 9, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    The Tigers may be Martinez-less for a day or two: Victor Martinez sustained cut on right thumb, received stitches, day to day. — Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) April 9, 2013 The culprit: Victor Martinez is day-to-day after cutting his right thumb on a bat rack. He received eight stitches. — James Schmehl (@jamesschmehl) April 9, 2013…

  6. 2013 Preview: Detroit Tigers

    Mar 20, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

    leyland and dombrowski tigers

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2013 season. Today: the Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Are the Tigers the American League’s best team? Last season the Tigers won 88 games,…

  7. Victor Martinez “really happy” with first game action since knee surgery

    Feb 22, 2013, 5:10 PM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez saw his first game action today since knee surgery ended his 2012 season before it even began and felt pretty good despite going 0-for-2 against the Braves. Martinez, who will stick to designated hitter this year and not see any time behind the plate for the Tigers, told Chris Iott of MLive.com: I’m…

  8. Victor Martinez looks great, is ready to go for 2013

    Feb 8, 2013, 8:27 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    I tend to put little stock in “Player X is feeling great, killing balls in the batting cage and ready to kick butt this year!” stories. Everyone is optimistic in spring training. But maybe I should make an exception for those stories involving the Detroit Tigers.  Last year that was the buzz about Miguel Cabrera.…

  9. Victor Martinez to begin baserunning program today

    Jan 11, 2013, 10:47 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Victor Martinez is one year removed from tearing his ACL last January and he’s scheduled to begin a baserunning program today. There was some hope that Martinez could make it back at the end of last season, but that was quickly ruled out and Lynn Henning of the Detroit News writes that the Tigers then…

  10. The Tigers expect Victor Martinez to be 100% for spring training

    Dec 18, 2012, 10:03 AM EDT

    Texas Rangers v Detroit Tigers

    In case you’re not impressed with the Torii Hunter signing or the idea of Anibal Sanchez being around all year, remember Tigers fans, you’re basically adding an All-Star caliber bat this offseason too: [Dave] Dombrowski said designated hitter Victor Martinez (knee) remains on schedule to begin spring training. “I can’t say he’s 100 percent but he’s very close,”…

  11. The case against Torii Hunter helping the Tigers

    Nov 14, 2012, 11:21 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    It’s not hard to see why the Tigers were regular-season disappointments in 2012; the bottom half of the lineup, which was so productive the year before, stumbled badly: OPS by lineup spot, from 2011 to 2012 No. 5:  .797 to .671 No. 6: .842 to .654 No. 7: .720 to .700 No. 8: .768 to…

  12. Torii Hunter signs a two-year, $26 million deal with the Tigers

    Nov 14, 2012, 12:16 PM EDT

    Torii Hunter

    It’s not 100% done yet — it’s pending a physical — but Ken Rosenthal reports that the Tigers have signed Torii Hunter to a two-year deal. The deal is for $26 million. Hunter and the Tigers are a perfect fit.  He can slide right in to right field — or left and can probably still…

  13. Tigers officially rule out Victor Martinez for the season

    Aug 17, 2012, 5:41 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    At some point there was a little bit of optimism about Victor Martinez potentially returning from knee surgery to play this season, but two weeks ago the Tigers said that was unlikely and today they officially ruled it out. Team trainer Kevin Rand told Jason Beck of MLB.com that Martinez has run out of time…

  14. Tigers not expecting Victor Martinez to play this season

    Aug 1, 2012, 10:15 AM EDT

    Justin Verlander, Victor Martinez

    At one point the Tigers were hopeful that Victor Martinez could return from knee surgery to play this season, but yesterday general manager Dave Dombrowski admitted: “We’re not counting on it.” Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Martinez hasn’t suffered a specific setback in his recovery, but the process is simply taking longer than initially…

  15. Victor Martinez won’t be back until late September at the earliest

    Jun 28, 2012, 5:11 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There was some cautious optimism that Victor Martinez might make it back to the Tigers lineup by August, but that hope has been dashed: #Tigers head athletic trainer Kevin Rand: Best case scenario for VMart return is mid to late September. Will have leg strengthening program. — Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 28, 2012   Earlier…

  16. There’s “a good chance” Victor Martinez will be back by September

    Apr 30, 2012, 5:33 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    There was guardedly optimistic news last month when it was learned that Victor Martinez didn’t need a complete ACL reconstruction and thus would not need the entire year to rehab from his knee injury. Add this on to the pile of good news: Victor Martinez is in the clubhouse today.Says doctors say there is a…

  17. There’s a chance Victor Martinez might be back this year

    Apr 11, 2012, 9:13 AM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Don’t get too crazy yet — for now I’d file this under “so you’re saying there’s a chance” — but Tom Gage just tweeted something that could be a big deal for the Tigers: New hope from #Tigers for Victor Martinez to return late this season – didn’t need ACL reconstruction – won’t know until…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers?

    Apr 2, 2012, 11:51 AM EDT

    Prince Fielder, Miguel Cabrera

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Detroit Tigers. The Big Question: Can anyone in the AL Central beat the Detroit Tigers? After winning their division by…

  19. Gerald Laird leaves game with knee injury, may get MRI

    Mar 30, 2012, 3:15 PM EDT

    gerald-laird-tigers

    Gerald Laird had to be helped off the field after injuring his left knee in a collision with Don Kelly during today’s game. For now he’s been diagnosed with a sprain, but Tigers reporters watching in person described it as an ugly looking injury and Laird is expected to undergo an MRI exam. Alex Avila…

  20. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EDT

    montero getty

    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  21. Insurance to cover “about half” of Victor Martinez’s salary

    Jan 31, 2012, 4:17 PM EDT

    Detroit Tigers' Martinez runs bases after hitting a solo home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 3 in their MLB American League Championship Series baseball playoffs in Detroit

    Victor Martinez underwent microfracture knee surgery yesterday and is slated to undergo another surgery to repair his torn ACL in 6-8 weeks, leaving no doubt that he’ll miss the entire season. According to Jayson Stark of ESPN.com the Tigers’ insurance policy on Martinez’s four-year, $50 million contract is “expected to cover about half of the…

  22. Victor Martinez had microfracture surgery

    Jan 30, 2012, 2:15 PM EDT

    Victor Martinez

    Victor Martinez‘s season-ending knee injury was quickly overshadowed by the Prince Fielder signing, but in case you forgot: dude really bollocksed up his knee.  On Friday he had the first off multiple surgeries: microfracture surgery, which always sounds all kinds of scary.  He’ll have the reconstruction of his ACL done in approximately 6-8 weeks. I’m…

  23. Victor Martinez expected to undergo ACL surgery on Friday

    Jan 26, 2012, 7:49 PM EDT

    v-mart ap

    Detroit announced last week that Victor Martinez suffered a torn ACL during offseason conditioning. He’s probably going to have it repaired on Friday. According to John Niyo of the Detroit News, Martinez was in Vail, Colorado on Thursday for a second opinion on the potentially season-ending knee injury. If the original diagnosis is confirmed — and there’s about a…

  24. Miguel Cabrera is definitely the Tigers’ starting third baseman

    Jan 26, 2012, 3:17 PM EDT

    Miguel Cabrera

    Miguel Cabrera said as much as soon as the Prince Fielder signing happened, but manager Jim Leyland made things official during Fielder’s introductory press conference today: Cabrera will be the Tigers’ starting third baseman. And not only that, Leyland added that he doesn’t even plan to remove Cabrera for defensive purposes late in games. Cabrera,…

  25. Introducing Prince Fielder: Detroit Tiger

    Jan 26, 2012, 2:16 PM EDT

    Prince1

    Prince Fielder was just introduced as the newest Detroit Tiger. The press conference is still going on. Can’t see it here, but he’s rocking cornrows, which are pretty fantastic.  His wife and kids were with him. Tigers owner Mike Ilitch presented Fielder’s wife with flowers. Fielder said that he messed up Scott Boras’ hair before…

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