V-Mart to bat fourth in Tigers’ home opener

Tony Paul
The Detroit News

Detroit — The team leader in home runs finally gets his first start of the season.

Victor Martinez, who was limited to pinch-hitting duties with the Tigers opening in a National League city, Miami, will bat fourth and be the designated hitter for Brad Ausmus in the home opener at Comerica Park on Friday afternoon.

Martinez got two pinch-hit at-bats in Miami, and homered both times — becoming the first player since at least 1914 to hit pinch-hit homers in a team's first two games.

Martinez, coming off a leg injury last season, didn't hit his second home run of the season until June 21.

His slugging percentage in the early going is a maxed-out 4.000.

The Tigers are off to a 2-0 start, and will try to win their eighth consecutive home opener when they play the New York Yankees shortly after 1 p.m.

TIGERS LINEUP

1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Justin Upton, LF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, RF

6. Nick Castellanos, 3B

7. James McCann, C

8. Jose Iglesias, SS

9. Anthony Gose, CF

Jordan Zimmermann, who signed a five-year, $110-million deal early in the offseason, will get his first start of the Tigers.

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