Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in Sunday's 7-2 loss to the Giants. Martinez produced the D-backs' only runs of the night with a two-run blast in the sixth inning, which was his career-best 40th of the season. The 30-year-old ranks third in baseball behind Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in that category, and perhaps more impressively, all that power production has come since May 12, as Martinez missed the first month and change of the season while recovering from a mid-foot sprain he suffered in spring training. Had health prevailed all season, Martinez may have joined Stanton in making a run at becoming a member of the 60-homer club.
Martinez (neck) is back in the lineup Saturday against the Giants. A bout of neck stiffness resulted in Martinez's scratch from Friday's lineup, but apparently the discomfort has already subsided. He's batting fifth against lefty Madison Bumgarner and Martinez has absolutely destroyed left-handed pitching this season (.402/.485/.939). Martinez is tied for third overall in home runs this year with 39 despite missing nearly six weeks at the start of the season with a foot injury.
Martinez was scratched from Friday's game against the Giants with left neck stiffness. At this point, it doesn't sound like the injury is serious. Consider Martinez day-to-day until the club provides a further update to his status. Martinez was replaced in the outfield by Gregor Blanco.
Martinez went 2-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored Thursday against the Rockies. Six of Arizona's first seven batters got on base with Martinez being the lone exception, but he more than made up for that shortcoming by going deep in his next at-bat. The former Detroit slugger has now launched 23 home runs in 49 games with Arizona, which amounts to a 76-homer pace over a 162-game season. General manager Mike Hazen deserves a pat on the back for acquiring Martinez for pennies on the dollar prior to the trade deadline.
Martinez went 1-for-3 with a double, two walks, two runs and an RBI in Wednesday's 8-2 win over the Rockies. Martinez's red-hot September continues, with the slugging outfielder submitting a .447/.481/1.128 slash line over 11 games. He's failed to record an extra-base hit in just two of those contests and has racked up 19 RBI and 16 runs.
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