Baltimore Orioles (23-16) vs. Detroit Tigers  (20-19)

First Pitch: 1:10 EST

Stadium: Comerica Park, Detroit, MI

Weather86°F • Partly Cloudy/Wind • 20% PoP

Media: Fox Sports Detroit / 97.1 The Ticket

Tigers Lineup:

  1. Ian Kinsler (2B)
  2. Nicholas Castellanos (3B)
  3. J.D. Martinez (RF)
  4. Victor Martinez (DH)
  5. Justin Upton (LF)
  6. Alex Avila (C)
  7. Tyler Collins(CF)
  8. Andrew Romine (1B)
  9. Jose Iglesias (SS)

Pitching Matchup:

WP: Jordan Zimmerman (4-2, 6.25 ERA)

LP: Dylan Bundy (5-2, 2.97 ERA)

S: Alex Wilson (2)

Standings:

Game Notes:

Before J.D. Martinez made his season debut against the Angels a week ago, all Tiger fans hoped he would be the spark plug that got the season headed in the right direction. Fans always hope the injured player returns and carries the team to victories night in and night out. It’s always part of the sense of false realty that make diehard fans just that, diehard fans. But few times does that player come back and actually fulfill those hopes and desires right away. Except right now!

MLB: Boston Red Sox at Detroit Tigers
Aug 19, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Tigers right fielder J.D. Martinez (28) celebrates after he hits a two run home run in the second inning against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Ladies and gentleman, I present to you Mr. J.D. Martinez! The right-hander hit ANOTHER three-run home run to tie today’s game at 3-3 in the 3rd, and after the Orioles took a 4-3 lead in the 5th, J.D.’s brother (the friend/teammate kind, not blood-related) Victor Martinez, hit a two-run bomb to take back the lead for the Tigers. Avila added a RBI-double and that’s all she wrote in this one, as the Tigers took the series and carry all the momentum into the weekend series with Texas.

Looking Ahead:

After a hard-fought, clutch series win against the Orioles, the Tigers welcome Texas to town beginning tomorrow, May 19, at Comerica Park. The two teams will play a three-game series concluding Sunday night. Tomorrow’s game begins at 7:10 PM EST and Saturday’s match-up between #MustSeeJV and A.J. Griffin is set for 7:15 PM EST.

Sunday’s series finale will be on Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, and begins at 8:00 PM EST. Sunday’s match-up put the Tigers’ Matthew Boyd against Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers.