Martinez will be on the bench for Sunday's contest against the Mets. Martinez will sit for the second time in September. Steve Pearce will be the designated hitter in his absence.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a single and a solo home run in Thursday's victory over the Blue Jays. Martinez got the scoring started for the Red Sox with a solo shot off Sam Gaviglio in the second inning. The MVP candidate now has a .330/.400/.634 slash line with 41 home runs, 122 RBI and 106 runs over 602 plate appearances in 2018.
Martinez went 1-for-4 with a home run and four RBI on Sunday against the Astros. Martinez launched a three-run homer against Dallas Keuchel in the fifth inning to record his 40th home run of the season. He has now reached the 40-home-run plateau for the second consecutive season and remains one of the premier power hitters in the game.
Martinez is out of the lineup versus the Braves on Wednesday, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. As expected, Martinez will receive a standard day off following eight straight starts as the Red Sox wrap up a three-game set in Atlanta. Manager Alex Cora said last weekend that he wanted to give Martinez at least one breather this series. Look for him to rejoin the starting lineup for Friday's series opener against Houston.
Martinez will receive one or two days off during Boston's upcoming three-game series at Atlanta, Christopher Smith of MassLive.com reports. Martinez has started 37 of 39 games since the All-Star break, so manager Alex Cora likely just wants to give him a game or two to rest up for the final month of the regular season. The veteran slugger is slashing .352/.433/.655 with 10 home runs in those games as the Red Sox return to Boston for a series against the Astros next weekend.
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