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J.D. Martinez | Designated Hitter | #28

Team: Boston Red Sox
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/21/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 221
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Nova Southeastern
Drafted: 2009 / Rd. 20 (0) / HOU
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J.D. Martinez homered twice in a 5-0 blanking of the Orioles on Sunday.
Martinez also drew a walk. The first homer was a solo shot off of Baltimore starter David Hess, and he got Hess again with a runner on in the fifth. He now has 15 blasts on the season, and his three runs batted have him sitting at 41 on the season. Simply put, Martinez is one of the best offensive players in baseball, and he's proven as much so far in 2018. May 20 - 4:51 PM

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J.D. Martinez (illness) went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles in his return to the Red Sox' lineup on Friday.

Martinez left Thursday's game due to a stomach illness, but showed no ill effects in this one. With his recent tear at the plate, he's now hitting .345/.395/.661 with 13 homers and 38 RBI.
May 19 - 8:00 AM

J.D. Martinez left Thursday's game against the Orioles with a stomach illness.

Blake Swihart pinch-hit for him in the seventh inning. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer before exiting. He's been everything the Red Sox were hoping for and more, tying for the major league lead in both home runs (13) and RBI (38). Martinez is also third in batting average behind teammate Mookie Betts (.366) and Philadelphia outfielder Odubel Herrera (.359). He should be back in the lineup on Friday.
May 17 - 9:27 PM

J.D. Martinez went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in a win over the Athletics on Wednesday.

He went deep off starter Trevor Cahill with Andrew Benintendi along for the ride in the first inning. Martinez also walked in the contest and now boasts a .344/.395/.644 line with 12 home runs and 36 RBI in his first season with the Red Sox. Only Manny Machado of the Orioles has driven in more runs this year.
May 16 - 11:42 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBI in a 5-3 victory over the Blue Jays on Sunday.

Martinez also drew a walk. The homer was the 10th of the year, and it was a two-run shot in the first inning off of Joe Biagini. He also drove in a run on a single in the fifth, and he's up to 33 RBI on the season. With a .342/.394/.624 line on the season to go along with those numbers, Martinez has proven he's well worth the money Boston invested in Martinez this offseason.
May 13 - 5:18 PM

J.D. Martinez hit a solo, go-ahead home run in the eighth inning Thursday, leading the Red Sox to a 5-4 win over the Yankees.

Martinez took advantage of the notorious short porch in right field, hitting a fly ball that barely made it to the first row of seats. The fly also had shades of Jeffrey Maier, as a Yankees fan snagged it before right fielder Aaron Judge could reel it in. They all look the same in the box score, as they say, and Martinez now has nine homers and 29 RBI in his first year in Boston.
May 11 - 12:34 AM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a home run and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Rangers.

Martinez remains on an absolute tear, hitting his third homer in his last five games and his eighth overall. Since April 25, he's 21-for-47 to raise his overall line to .349/.396/.619. The .349 average is third-best in the American League among qualified hitters.
May 6 - 5:50 PM

J.D. Martinez socked his seventh homer of the season in Friday’s win over the Rangers.

Martinez got the Red Sox on the board in the second inning with a solo shot off Bartolo Colon. The 30-year-old has been just what the doctor ordered for the middle of Boston’s lineup, hitting .342/.388/.598 with seven homers and 25 RBI over 30 games. He’s hit safely in six straight games.
May 4 - 11:52 PM

J.D. Martinez belted his sixth homer Wednesday in the Red Sox’s win over the Royals.

Martinez walloped a two-run shot off left-hander Danny Duffy in the fourth, then followed it up with a single in the fifth. Mookie Betts has gotten most of the headlines for Boston this year (and rightfully so) but the Red Sox wouldn’t be where they are without Martinez, who ranks fourth in the American League in batting average (.343) and fifth in RBI with 24. The Red Sox paid a steep price for Martinez in free agency, but so far, he’s been worth every penny.
May 2 - 4:53 PM

J.D. Martinez went 4-for-4 and drove in two runs in a 4-3 victory over the Rays on Sunday.

All four hits for Martinez were singles. The former Tiger and Diamondback star has shown he's more than just a power hitter to begin the 2018 season, and his average now sits at .330 for his trouble. He's also already up to 22 RBI on the season, and he should rank near the top of the leaderboard in 2018 thanks in large part to the quality Boston lineup.
Apr 29 - 5:04 PM

J.D. Martinez went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run that gave the Red Sox a 5-4 win over the Blue Jays on Thursday.

With two on in the fifth inning, Jays starter Marco Estrada tried to elevate a fastball to Martinez, who was strong enough to muscle it over the right field wall for a three-run shot. It ended up being the difference in the game. Martinez now has five homers on the year, and his 18 RBI are good for seventh-best in the American League through Thursday's games. The 30-year-old is hitting .306/.351/.565 in the early days of his Red Sox tenure.
Apr 26 - 10:52 PM

J.D. Martinez is absent from the Red Sox' lineup for Friday's contest against the Athletics.

It looks to be just a regular day of rest for the hard-hitting outfielder, though it comes at a curious time when he's scorching hot at the plate. Martinez is hitting .469/.471/.844 with three homers and nine RBI over his last eight games.
Apr 20 - 6:31 PM

J.D. Martinez went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles, an RBI and two runs scored in Thursday's win over the Angels.

Martinez picked up an RBI double against Nick Tropeano in the fourth inning on an evening when his team posted 14 hits and eight runs. The Red Sox's big-money offseason acquisition has been worth every penny in the early going this season, surging after a relatively slow start to hit .338/.365/.618 with four home runs and 15 RBI through his first 17 games in a Boston uniform. Martinez has collected eight hits in his last 12 at-bats, including seven hits in his last nine at-bats. Just scorching.
Apr 20 - 1:59 AM

J.D. Martinez went 4-for-5 with a homer and three runs scored Wednesday against the Angels.

After signing late, Martinez struggled some this spring and didn't find his groove until a few games into the regular season. However, he's up to .313 with four homers and 14 RBI now.
Apr 19 - 1:33 AM

J.D. Martinez crushed an opposite-field home run on Saturday as the Red Sox trounced the Orioles.

His solo shot off of Alex Cobb increased the Red Sox' lead to 4-0 in the third inning. Martinez also singled twice in the ballgame, including an RBI knock in the sixth. He finished the day 3-for-5, raising his season slash to .283/.310/.547 to go with three homers and 13 RBI.
Apr 14 - 4:12 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Vazquez
2Sandy Leon
3Blake Swihart
1B1Hanley Ramirez
2Mitch Moreland
2B1Dustin Pedroia
2Eduardo Nunez
3Brock Holt
SS1Xander Bogaerts
3B1Rafael Devers
2Marco Hernandez
LF1Andrew Benintendi
CF1Jackie Bradley
RF1Mookie Betts
DH1J.D. Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Sale
2David Price
3Rick Porcello
4Drew Pomeranz
5Eduardo Rodriguez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Carson Smith
3Matt Barnes
4Tyler Thornburg
5Joe Kelly
6Heath Hembree
7Austin Maddox
8Hector Velazquez
9Brian Johnson
10Steven Wright
11Bobby Poyner