Tigers news and notes: Tigers crush the White Sox, Cespedes’ career day, V-Mart injury concern

The Detroit Tigers bounced back from a tough loss against the Chicago White Sox yesterday by blowing them out today. We take a look at the big win, Yoenis Cespedes’ career day, as well as check in on Victor Martinez’s lingering injuries in today’s news and notes.

Tigers 9, White Sox 1

Shane Greene continued the hot start to his career as a member of the Tigers, going 7 innings today, allowing 1 run on 5 hits and forcing four double-plays in the process.

He pitched most of the day with a very comfortable lead as Detroit scored 7 runs in the first 3 innings, and then added 2 more in the fifth, allowing Greene to leave after the 7th with a healthy 9-1 lead. The victory brought Greene up to 3-0 to start the season.

At the plate, it was the Cespedes show as the new-addition did whatever he wanted with Jose Quintana’s pitching, blasting 2 home runs and 6 RBIs off of the Chicago starter, including a grand slam in the first inning. Rajai Davis, Nick Castellanos and Victor Martinez also added RBIs for the Tigers on the afternoon.

Cespedes’ career day

If Tigers’ fans weren’t pleased with the addition of Cespedes before today, they definitely are now. Cespedes essentially won the game for Detroit at the plate by himself, blasting 2 home runs within the first 3 innings, and knocking in a career high 6 batters.

Cespedes finished the game 2-4, but the damage was done against a familiar foe in the White Sox’s starter.

V-Mart injuries lingering? 

After sitting out a couple games against the Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates, there have been concerns about the health of Tigers’ DH Victor Martinez. While he has not been feeling pain at the spot of the surgery, V-Mart is still experiencing pain around his knee, which has been evident, even today.

Eventually, V-Mart was pinch-hit for by Alex Avila in the 8th, but the knee soreness is definitely something to keep an eye on in the coming weeks.

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