Tigers trade away JD Martinez, still pound Royals 9-3

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Detroit Tigers got along just fine without J.D. Martinez in their lineup.

For one night, at least.

After trading their star outfielder to the Arizona Diamondbacks, the Tigers pounded out 16 hits in a 9-3 rout of the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday night. Nicholas Castellanos homered twice and drove in five, Victor Martinez had a pair of RBIs and just about everyone else did something constructive.

''I don't know that you can replace J.D.,'' said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus, whose club won its fourth straight. ''We'll do our best. Tonight was a good night for us.''

The Tigers were presumed to be in sell-mode after a rough first half, and that assumption became fact when general manager Al Avila traded Martinez for a trio of infield prospects. It took one of the Tigers' most consistent bats out of the lineup and could signal more trades are in the works.

Nobody in the Detroit clubhouse is worried about the future, though.

''Everybody in here is a professional. You have to do what you have to do,'' said Castellanos, who also tripled to finish a double shy of the cycle. ''We're playing with a chip on our shoulder now.''

The Tigers' big offensive night gave fill-in starter Matt Boyd (3-5) plenty of support.

Boyd allowed three runs and seven hits over six innings, striking out three and walking one. It was his first big league win since April 16, a skid that included four losses and four no-decisions.

He outperformed Travis Wood (1-3), who allowed six runs and nine hits in 4 1/3 innings.

Most of the damage against Wood came in the second, when the Tigers strung together four straight hits to begin the inning. Victor Martinez's two-run double started the scoring, and by the time Castellanos added a two-run triple, the Tigers had turned a 3-0 deficit into a 5-3 advantage.

Castellanos added his 13th homer of the season with one out in the fifth inning.

''They just put a rally together, some balls hit hard, some balls found holes and I wasn't able to stop the bleeding,'' Wood said. ''That can't happen especially after the team goes out and battles and put up three. We need a shutdown inning right there.''

Boyd had trouble of his own in the first, when he coughed up three runs on four singles and a hit batter. But the left-hander settled down to retire Kansas City in order in the second, then dodged what little trouble he faced before turning the game over to his bullpen.

It was the seventh loss in eight games for the Royals, going back to a three-game skid entering the All-Star break, and a particularly disheartening one given their three-run first inning.

''We've definitely got to get our pitching reeled back in here a little bit,'' Royals manager Ned Yost said. ''A good start by our starting pitcher and some clutch hits will help you gain momentum and get your momentum going back in a positive fashion. That's what we need to do.''

STATS AND STREAKS

Castellanos had his second career multihomer game. He has four homers in four days. ... The Tigers improved to 6-2 against Kansas City this season. They were 7-12 against the Royals last season. ... Wood is winless in his last seven starts, going 0-2 with a 7.90 ERA. ... OF Whit Merrifield had a double in the ninth for his eighth straight home game with an extra-base hit, matching the Royals record held by Mike Macfarlane, Hal McRae and Amos Otis. ... Royals 2B Ramon Torres singled to snap a 0-for-15 skid.

JMART SAYS FAREWELL

Martinez said he wasn't surprised he was traded, considering he is due to hit free agency after the season. But that still made it difficult to leave a club that gave him a chance when things went downhill in Houston. ''It doesn't hit you until they tell you,'' Martinez said. ''It's definitely tough. I love this organization. I love the fans. I love everything in Detroit. That's home for me.''

TIGERS' TRADE RETURN

INF Dawel Lugo was the top prospect in the Tigers' trade, and GM Al Avila said he will likely begin next season at Triple-A. The Tigers also got INF Sergio Alcantara and INF Jose King as they restocked their farm system with position players. ''What we got now, we're very happy with,'' Avila said.

ROSTER MOVES

The Tigers recalled OF Jim Adduci from Triple-A Toledo to take Martinez's roster spot. They also optioned LHP Blaine Hardy to the Mud Hens to create room for Boyd on the roster.

UP NEXT

Tigers RHP Justin Verlander (5-7, 4.66 ERA) tries to snap a three-game skid as the four-game series continues Wednesday night. The Royals will send RHP Jason Hammel (4-8, 5.02) to the mound.

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  • W: M. Boyd (3-5)L: T. Wood (1-3)
  • HR: DET - N. Castellanos 2 (14)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
I. Kinsler 2B51200001.245.328.403.7314.0
N. Castellanos 3B52452010.255.321.470.79118.5
J. Upton LF51200003.269.356.490.8466.0
M. Cabrera 1B51200000.265.357.439.7963.0
M. Mahtook CF51100012.273.290.433.7242.5
V. Martinez DH51220012.263.330.371.7015.5
J. McCann C50200001.208.291.415.7062.0
A. Presley RF41100003.296.359.408.7672.0
D. Machado SS31010012.307.329.387.7161.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    W. Merrifield RF31100101.286.328.460.7885.0
    J. Bonifacio DH50100012.254.327.440.7680.5
    L. Cain CF51000004.268.340.420.7601.0
    E. Hosmer 1B41210010.314.370.487.8573.5
    S. Perez C30110001.282.309.513.8222.0
    M. Moustakas 3B40200011.270.302.545.8471.5
    A. Escobar SS30110102.234.255.319.5753.0
    A. Gordon LF40100024.194.286.294.5800.0
    R. Torres 2B40100002.265.333.327.6601.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - I. Kinsler (14), J. Upton (24), M. Mahtook (7), V. Martinez (12)
      • 3B - N. Castellanos (7)
      • HR - N. Castellanos 2 (14)
      • SF - D. Machado
      • RBI - N. Castellanos 5 (54), V. Martinez 2 (38), D. Machado (7)
      • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (21)
      BATTING
      • 2B - W. Merrifield (21)
      • SF - S. Perez (4)
      • RBI - E. Hosmer (44), S. Perez (58), A. Escobar (30)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Escobar (12)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - J. Upton (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - S. Perez (2)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Boyd (W, 3-5)6.07331305.581.7318.5
      S. Greene1.00001102.931.232.5
      A. Wilson2.03000103.661.303.5
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Boyd (W, 3-5)6.0
      S. Greene1.0
      A. Wilson2.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      T. Wood (L, 1-3)4.19660116.811.84-7.5
      P. Moylan1.21000104.961.322.5
      M. Minor1.02210212.361.011.0
      A. Alburquerque1.03110004.501.25-1.0
      N. Feliz1.01000005.501.392.0
      PITCHERSIP
      T. Wood (L, 1-3)4.1
      P. Moylan1.2
      M. Minor1.0
      A. Alburquerque1.0
      N. Feliz1.0
      PITCHING
      • HBP - M. Boyd
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 87-59, S. Greene 12-6, A. Wilson 24-18
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 6-9, S. Greene 1-0, A. Wilson 2-3
      • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 27, S. Greene 3, A. Wilson 9
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - T. Wood 63-43, P. Moylan 23-15, M. Minor 23-14, A. Alburquerque 20-14, N. Feliz 13-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Wood 7-5, P. Moylan 1-3, M. Minor 1-0, A. Alburquerque 2-1
      • Batters Faced - T. Wood 22, P. Moylan 6, M. Minor 5, A. Alburquerque 6, N. Feliz 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      I. Kinsler 2B51200001.245.328.403.7314.0
      N. Castellanos 3B52452010.255.321.470.79118.5
      J. Upton LF51200003.269.356.490.8466.0
      M. Cabrera 1B51200000.265.357.439.7963.0
      M. Mahtook CF51100012.273.290.433.7242.5
      V. Martinez DH51220012.263.330.371.7015.5
      J. McCann C50200001.208.291.415.7062.0
      A. Presley RF41100003.296.359.408.7672.0
      D. Machado SS31010012.307.329.387.7161.5
      Total42916820414-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        W. Merrifield RF31100101.286.328.460.7885.0
        J. Bonifacio DH50100012.254.327.440.7680.5
        L. Cain CF51000004.268.340.420.7601.0
        E. Hosmer 1B41210010.314.370.487.8573.5
        S. Perez C30110001.282.309.513.8222.0
        M. Moustakas 3B40200011.270.302.545.8471.5
        A. Escobar SS30110102.234.255.319.5753.0
        A. Gordon LF40100024.194.286.294.5800.0
        R. Torres 2B40100002.265.333.327.6601.0
        Total35310302517-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - I. Kinsler (14), J. Upton (24), M. Mahtook (7), V. Martinez (12)
          • 3B - N. Castellanos (7)
          • HR - N. Castellanos 2 (14)
          • SF - D. Machado
          • RBI - N. Castellanos 5 (54), V. Martinez 2 (38), D. Machado (7)
          • 2-Out RBI - N. Castellanos 3 (21)
          BATTING
          • 2B - W. Merrifield (21)
          • SF - S. Perez (4)
          • RBI - E. Hosmer (44), S. Perez (58), A. Escobar (30)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Escobar (12)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - J. Upton (7)
          FIELDING
          • E - S. Perez (2)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Boyd (W, 3-5)6.07331305.581.7318.5
          S. Greene1.00001102.931.232.5
          A. Wilson2.03000103.661.303.5
          Total9.01033250---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Boyd (W, 3-5)6.0
          S. Greene1.0
          A. Wilson2.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          T. Wood (L, 1-3)4.19660116.811.84-7.5
          P. Moylan1.21000104.961.322.5
          M. Minor1.02210212.361.011.0
          A. Alburquerque1.03110004.501.25-1.0
          N. Feliz1.01000005.501.392.0
          Total9.01698042---
          PITCHERSIP
          T. Wood (L, 1-3)4.1
          P. Moylan1.2
          M. Minor1.0
          A. Alburquerque1.0
          N. Feliz1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • HBP - M. Boyd
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Boyd 87-59, S. Greene 12-6, A. Wilson 24-18
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Boyd 6-9, S. Greene 1-0, A. Wilson 2-3
          • Batters Faced - M. Boyd 27, S. Greene 3, A. Wilson 9
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - T. Wood 63-43, P. Moylan 23-15, M. Minor 23-14, A. Alburquerque 20-14, N. Feliz 13-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - T. Wood 7-5, P. Moylan 1-3, M. Minor 1-0, A. Alburquerque 2-1
          • Batters Faced - T. Wood 22, P. Moylan 6, M. Minor 5, A. Alburquerque 6, N. Feliz 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Castellanos singled to center, Machado scored, Kinsler to second93
          • 7TH INNING
            Upton scored on catcher Perez fielding error83
            Castellanos homered to center73
          • 5TH INNING
            Castellanos homered to left63
          • 2ND INNING
            Castellanos tripled to right, Presley and Kinsler scored53
            Machado hit sacrifice fly to right, Martinez scored33
            Martinez singled to center, Cabrera and Mahtook scored23
          • 1ST INNING
            Escobar singled to right, Hosmer scored, Moustakas to second03
            Perez hit sacrifice fly to left, Cain scored02
            Hosmer singled to center, Merrifield scored, Cain to third01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Neftali Feliz relieved Al Alburquerque
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Cabrera popped out to second
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook flied out to right
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez doubled to deep right
            • J. McCann: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, McCann lined out to left
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • A. Wilson Pitching:
            • R. Torres: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Torres fouled out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Merrifield doubled to deep center
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio grounded out to shortstop, Merrifield to third
            • L. Cain: Ball, Ball, Cain lined out to right
            • End of the 9th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Al Alburquerque relieved Mike Minor
            • J. McCann: McCann flied out to deep center
            • A. Presley: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Presley singled to center
            • D. Machado: Ball, Strike looking, Machado reached on fielder's choice to pitcher, Presley out at second
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, , Kinsler singled to left, Machado to second
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Castellanos singled to center, Machado scored, Kinsler to second
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Wilson relieved Shane Greene
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Hosmer struck out swinging
            • S. Perez: Strike looking, Perez singled to center
            • M. Moustakas: Moustakas singled to shallow right, Perez to second
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar lined out to center
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Gordon grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Mike Minor relieved Peter Moylan
            • N. Castellanos: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Castellanos homered to center
            • J. Upton: Upton doubled to deep right center
            • M. Cabrera: Strike swinging, Ball, Upton stole third, Upton scored on catcher Perez fielding error, Foul, Ball, Ball, Cabrera grounded out to third
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Mahtook struck out swinging
            • V. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
            • Shane Greene relieved Matthew Boyd
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Merrifield walked
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bonifacio struck out swinging
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Cain grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Merrifield out at second
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • P. Moylan Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, McCann singled to center
            • A. Presley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Presley lined out to center
            • D. Machado: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Machado struck out swinging
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Kinsler flied out to center
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • S. Perez: Foul, Perez lined out to right
            • M. Moustakas: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Moustakas struck out swinging
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Escobar walked
            • A. Gordon: Gordon singled to center, Escobar to third
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Ball, Torres reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Gordon out at second
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Foul, Kinsler lined out to center
            • N. Castellanos: Ball, Foul, Foul, Castellanos homered to left
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Upton singled to left
            • M. Cabrera: Ball, Cabrera singled to left, Upton to second
            • Peter Moylan relieved Travis Wood
            • M. Mahtook: Ball, Mahtook flied out to right, Upton to third
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 5th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bonifacio grounded out to third
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Cain popped out to second
            • E. Hosmer: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Hosmer flied out to left
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • J. McCann: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, McCann grounded out to shortstop
            • A. Presley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Presley flied out to left
            • D. Machado: Ball, Foul, Machado grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • A. Escobar: Ball, Escobar fouled out to first
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • R. Torres: Ball, Ball, Foul, Torres singled to left
            • W. Merrifield: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Merrifield reached on fielder's choice to third, Torres out at second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to second
            • M. Mahtook: Strike looking, Strike looking, Mahtook grounded out to shortstop
            • V. Martinez: Strike looking, Martinez grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • L. Cain: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Cain lined out to left
            • E. Hosmer: Hosmer singled to left
            • S. Perez: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Perez reached on fielder's choice to second, Hosmer out at second
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Moustakas popped out to second
            • End of the 3rd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • M. Cabrera: Strike looking, Cabrera singled to shallow right center
            • M. Mahtook: Mahtook doubled to deep left, Cabrera to third
            • V. Martinez: Foul, Martinez singled to center, Cabrera and Mahtook scored
            • J. McCann: Ball, Strike (foul tip), Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Foul, McCann singled to left, Martinez to second
            • A. Presley: Presley reached on fielder's choice to first, Martinez to third, McCann out at second
            • D. Machado: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Machado hit sacrifice fly to right, Martinez scored
            • I. Kinsler: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kinsler doubled to deep left, Presley to third
            • N. Castellanos: Castellanos tripled to right, Presley and Kinsler scored
            • J. Upton: Ball, Upton grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 2nd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • R. Torres: Strike looking, Torres grounded out to third
            • W. Merrifield: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Merrifield lined out to right
            • J. Bonifacio: Ball, Foul, Bonifacio fouled out to catcher
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • T. Wood Pitching:
            • I. Kinsler: Strike looking, Kinsler flied out to right
            • N. Castellanos: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Castellanos struck out swinging
            • J. Upton: Strike looking, Upton flied out to shallow right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Boyd Pitching:
            • W. Merrifield: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Merrifield hit by pitch
            • J. Bonifacio: Bonifacio singled to center, Merrifield to second
            • L. Cain: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Cain reached on fielder's choice to first, Merrifield to third, Bonifacio out at second
            • E. Hosmer: Pickoff attempt to first, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Hosmer singled to center, Merrifield scored, Cain to third
            • S. Perez: Ball, Perez hit sacrifice fly to left, Cain scored
            • M. Moustakas: Strike swinging, Moustakas singled to left, Hosmer to second
            • A. Escobar: Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Escobar singled to right, Hosmer scored, Moustakas to second
            • A. Gordon: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Gordon struck out swinging
            • End of the 1st (3 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)