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October 14, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Arlington, Texas — The Detroit Tigers may be battered, they may be bruised and they may be one loss away from next season. But they're not done yet. And that, designated hitter Victor Martinez thinks, makes them dangerous entering Saturday's sixth game of the American League Championship Series, which they trail, three games to two. "We don't get this opportunity often," said Martinez, one of four Tigers starters nursing an...
August 10, 2013 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Detroit completed a four-game sweep of Cleveland on Thursday night, turning a three-game lead in what for months was a tight American League Central race into a seven-game bulge, when the message came across Twitter. "Congratulations to the Tigers, who just won the AL Central after sweeping the Indians," wrote Bob Nightengale of USA Today. Detroit Manager Jim Leyland didn't get the memo. "I know better than that, I'm not a fool," Leyland said. "There's a lot of baseball left.
October 12, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
A dazed Victor Martinez, still in uniform, stared into his locker. Across the silent Boston clubhouse, Jonathan Papelbon, a scowl creasing his face, sat cross-legged, looking off into space. Next to him, Josh Beckett dressed quickly and left through a side door without speaking to anyone. Moments earlier the Red Sox had been a happy, confident bunch. They had a two-run lead on the scoreboard and on the mound they had a closer in Papelbon who hadn't yielded a run in 26 postseason innings.
June 8, 2005 | From Associated Press
On a night when he had everything working, Pedro Martinez threw one hanging curveball that cost him a chance at the first no-hitter in New York Mets' history. Martinez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Tuesday against the Houston Astros before Chris Burke hit his first major league home run. Martinez gave up only one other hit and struck out 12 in a 3-1 victory at New York.
June 29, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Pedro Martinez was touched by the fans and tagged by the Boston Red Sox in his return to Fenway Park. Martinez got a standing ovation and then gave up four runs in the first inning and four more in the third before leaving as baseball's hottest team went on to a 10-2 victory over the New York Mets on Wednesday. "It's not disappointing at all," said Martinez after his worst effort in two seasons with the Mets.
May 23, 2012 | By John Adams
If a tree falling in a forest doesn't make a sound, then the streaking Cleveland Indians in an empty ballpark must be just as insignificant. With nearly 45 games complete, the Indians are one of the most surprising teams in the majors and are perched atop their division. But the Indians aren't the only team causing double takes for those who live by the saying: "If the season would end today ... " The Orioles are leading the AL East over the likes of Tampa Bay, New York and Boston.
June 13, 2004 | From Associated Press
Victor Martinez pulls off a surprise nearly every time he takes the field. Just last week, the Indians' catcher peered at his target 60 feet away in Jacobs Field and nodded. He wound up and snapped off a better-than-average curveball to reliever Jose Jimenez, who had briefly reversed roles with his batterymate. After Martinez's curve dropped like a rock into his glove, Jimenez signaled a strike.
April 9, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
Josh Beckett was not great. The Dodgers do not need him to be, and that makes for a pretty great situation for the home team. Think about it. What other team could afford to employ a guy making close to $16 million as a fifth starter, with no shortage of experienced understudies behind him? In his first major league start in 11 months, Beckett lasted four innings, gave up five runs and got no decision in the Dodgers' 7-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday in 10 innings. He was long gone by the time Victor Martinez roughed up Kenley Jansen again.
October 4, 2009
at Boston 11, Cleveland 6: Victor Martinez hit a grand slam against his former team to support Josh Beckett (17-6), who gave up four runs and seven hits in five innings. at Tampa Bay 5, New York 3 : Dioner Navarro hit a two-run home run and rookie Jeff Niemann (13-6) gave up two runs and six hits in five innings to win for the first time in more than a month. at Seattle 2, Texas 1 : Ken Griffey Jr. hit his 630th home run and Ichiro Suzuki had three hits to help lift the Mariners.
March 3, 2011 | By Valerie J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
Victor Martinez, who won the 1996 National Book Award for young people's literature for his semi-autobiographical novel about growing up Mexican American in California's Central Valley, has died. He was 56. Martinez died Feb. 18 at his San Francisco apartment of lung cancer, said his sister, Martha Manzano. The cancer was related to juvenile papillomavirus, which first struck him as an adolescent. Doctors linked the virus to growing up around pesticides, his sister said. The fourth of 12 children of migrant farm laborers, Martinez was born Feb. 21, 1954, in Fresno.
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