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August 1, 2020 09:48 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Not starting Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Yankees.

Martinez had started in each of Boston's first eight games this season, but he'll take a seat after going 7-for-32 with three extra-base hits, four runs and three RBI to begin the season. Kevin Pillar will serve as the designated hitter and bat second Saturday.

July 24, 2020 11:16 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Plates three runs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 3-for-5 with two doubles, three RBI, two runs scored, and a walk during Friday's 13-2 win over the Orioles.

Martinez created havoc hitting in front of Rafael Devers and Xander Bogaerts, but the entire Red Sox lineup produced at a high level -- Martinez was one of four Boston players to record three or more hits. The veteran slugger kicked off the season in style after hitting for .304 with 36 home runs and 105 RBI in 2019.

July 22, 2020 11:20 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Bats second in exhibition
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez batted second in the order during Tuesday's exhibition game against the Blue Jays, Ian Browne of reports.

This was a surprise maneuver by Boston manager Ron Roenicke, who a day earlier had tagged Rafael Devers as the team's likely No. 2 hitter. But the manager is apparently reconsidering deploying two lefties in a row at the top of the order. "The reason being simply because we have [Andrew] Benintendi followed with Devers and we know that gives the opponent the opportunity to bring in a left-hander against them, and this breaks it up and makes it tough now," Roenicke said. Martinez, who has batted third or fourth since joining Boston, stepped in behind left-handed-hitting leadoff batter Andrew Benintendi against Toronto right-hander Nate Pearson. It's unclear if Martinez will occupy the two-hole every game or only when a lefty hitter is leading off, but the move is in line with a trend of having a team's most dangerous hitter batting second. "This is something that I don't know for a fact, but this is something that the analytics people tell me," said Roenicke. "For whatever reason, the second spot in your lineup is the most important spot in your lineup."

July 13, 2020 10:12 AM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Enjoying summer weather
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez launched a home run Sunday, his second in four intrasquad games during summer camp, Christopher Smith of reports.

In a normal 162-game season that would begin during cooler months in the northeast, Martinez's power would not be as dialed in as it appears to be now leading up to the 2020 season. "J.D.'s not a traditional fast starter so he's always telling me, 'I need as many at-bats as I can get because in spring training, it just takes me a long time,'" manager Ron Roenicke said Sunday. "I'm not seeing that right now. He's really good. He's going the other way. The offspeed, he's pulling. He's hit a couple home runs on them." Since joining Boston in 2018, Martinez has slugged .534 with nine home runs in 54 games during March/April. Those metrics get better in the warmer months: May (.645, 20 HR in 51 games), June (.611, 14 in 49), July (.564, 12 in 46) and August (.726, 17 in 52). The lesson here is that Martinez should be hitting for power early in the season.

March 5, 2020 06:52 AM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Hits second spring HR
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 2-for-3 with three-run home run in Wednesday's spring game against the Tigers.

The homer was Martinez's second of spring training and third extra-base knock in four hits. Entering his age-32 season, Martinez is still an elite and productive hitter.

November 4, 2019 05:16 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Not opting out
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez will not exercise the opt-out in his contract, Jeff Passan of reports.

Martinez evidently didn't feel as though he could make more than the $62.5 million he's due over the next three seasons on the open market. He remains an excellent hitter, but there's understandably some uncertainty about the market for a 32-year-old designated hitter. He has opt-outs remaining after each of the next two seasons, so there's still no guarantee he remains in Boston through the end of the 2022 season.

September 28, 2019 07:12 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Homers in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 1-for-4 with a walk and a solo homer in Saturday's loss to Baltimore.

The homer was Martinez's first in three full weeks, a rare drought for the veteran slugger. He'd hit just .255/.350/.294 in the 14 games since his previous home run. His .305/.383/.559 slash line on the season is still quite strong, but represents a significant drop-off from the .330/.402/.629 mark he recorded in 2018, especially considering how the league's overall offense has increased between the two seasons.

September 27, 2019 06:56 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: On bench Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez is not in the lineup Friday against Baltimore, Chris Cotillo of The Springfield Republican reports.

Martinez has gone 10-for-21 with seven RBI over his last five games. Mookie Betts will return from a foot injury but only as a designated hitter Friday, bumping Martinez to the bench.

September 25, 2019 11:48 AM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Delivers three RBI in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 2-for-5 with three RBI and one run scored in Tuesday's 12-10 win over the Rangers.

Martinez produced a run-scoring single in his first at-bat of the day before coming around to score in what was a four-run first inning for the Red Sox. He drove in two more runs with another single in the fifth inning, marking his fifth and sixth RBI over the past three games. Martinez is 6-for-13 (.462) with three runs scored and a 2:3 BB:K over that stretch.

September 23, 2019 12:52 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Bangs out three hits
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 3-for-4 with a walk, two RBI and two runs Sunday in the Red Sox's 7-4 win over the Rays.

After missing three games with a groin injury, Martinez returned to the lineup for the final two contests of the weekend and didn't take long to begin raking again. While Martinez hasn't reported any setbacks with the groin coming out of either of his back-to-back starts, the Red Sox may choose to exercise caution with his usage anyway over the season's final week with the team already eliminated from postseason contention.

September 21, 2019 02:44 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: In lineup, as expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (groin) will serve as the designated hitter and bat cleanup Saturday against the Rays.

Martinez has not yet been cleared to return to the outfield, but he is well enough to DH, and that's really all that matters for our purposes. While the 32-year-old has been struggling in September (.133 average), he still has a .301 average and .944 OPS for the season.

September 21, 2019 09:36 AM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Scheduled to play Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (groin) is expected to play Saturday, Chris Cotillo of reports.

Martinez has missed the last three games due to the injury. If he plays, it will likely be as the designated hitter; however, manager Alex Cora will try to juggle playing time for Martinez and fellow outfielder Mookie Betts, who has been dealing with a foot injury. Betts was the DH on Friday and will be evaluated for outfield duty over the final three games of the series.

September 20, 2019 03:56 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Remains out Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (groin) is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Rays, Julian McWilliams of The Boston Globe reports.

Friday was thought to be the earliest Martinez could possibly return from his bout of groin tightness. He will end up sitting for the series opener in Tampa Bay, as the Red Sox go with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley and Brock Holt in the outfield and Mookie Betts (foot) at DH.

September 18, 2019 05:32 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Won't return before weekend
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (groin) is not expected to return before the weekend, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

Martinez left Tuesday's game early due to groin tightness. His absence Wednesday against the Giants is considered precautionary, but there's little reason for the Red Sox not to proceed with caution in what has seemingly become a lost season.

September 18, 2019 03:00 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Sits as expected
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez (groin) is on the bench as expected Wednesday against the Giants, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.

Martinez left Tuesday's game early due to groin tightness and was expected to miss at least one more game. The Red Sox have been effectively eliminated from playoff contention, so there's little reason to rush the star slugger back. Christian Vazquez will be the designated hitter in his absence, with Sandy Leon starting behind the plate.

September 18, 2019 10:04 AM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Slated to sit out Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Manager Alex Cora said after Tuesday's 7-6 loss to the Giants that Martinez (groin) is unlikely to play Wednesday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.

Martinez exited the 15-inning loss in the bottom of the sixth after experiencing left groin tightness following his second plate appearance of the night. Tuesday's loss leaves the 79-71 Red Sox nine games off the pace for the American League's second wild-card spot, so Boston doesn't have much motivation to rush Martinez back into action. Martinez is being viewed as day-to-day for the time being but could be sent in for an MRI if he fails to show quick improvement.

September 17, 2019 09:24 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Day-to-day with groin tightness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez exited Tuesday's game with left groin tightness and is day-to-day, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.

Martinez went 0-for-2 with a strikeout before suffering the injury. Sam Travis replaced him before suffering his own injury.

September 7, 2019 07:52 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Cranks 35th homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Saturday's 5-1 loss to the Yankees.

Martinez hit his 35th homer of the season to avert a shutout with a ninth-inning 397-foot shot off Aroldis Chapman. The 32-year-old now has 12 home runs since the beginning of August and has improved his slash line to .310/.387/.581 in 516 at-bats for the season.

September 2, 2019 09:00 AM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Caps of excellent road trip
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 1-for-2 with two walks and a solo home run in Sunday's 4-3 win over the Angels.

Martinez enjoyed his time out West with Boston playing in San Diego, Colorado and Anaheim. He hit safely in all eight games, going 14-for-31 (.452) with six home runs and 18 RBI.

September 2, 2019 05:24 PM
Red Sox's J.D. Martinez: Extends on-base streak
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Martinez went 2-for-3 with a double, two RBI and a run scored in Saturday's 10-4 loss to the Angels.

Martinez extended his on-base streak to 12 games, during which he's driven in 20 runs, giving him 92 RBI over 124 games. That leaves him in position to knock in at least 100 runs for a fourth time in the last five seasons.

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