J.D. Martinez

J.D. Martinez and Mookie Betts
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Cameron Kerry
August 15, 2018 - 5:44 pm
As the MLB season nears the stretch run, the Red Sox boast the two leading candidates for the American League MVP award: Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez. The two are first and second in the league in average and slugging percentage, while Martinez leads the majors in home runs and RBIs. Appearing on...
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Krystle Boyajian
August 13, 2018 - 3:06 pm
In March of 2014, the Houston Astros cut J.D. Martinez. Little did they know Martinez would turn his career around and come back as one of the best hitters in baseball. During Martinez’ three seasons with the Astros, his offensive numbers were lackluster, as he registered a .251 average, 24 home...
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Mookie Betts grand slam Blue Jays Red Sox
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John Tomase
August 13, 2018 - 2:58 pm
Until the playoffs begin, the Red Sox can occupy the final six weeks of the season with pursuits like Mookie Betts hitting for the cycle (check), J.D. Martinez's Triple Crown bid (if Mookie gets out of his way), or Chris Sale taking home his first Cy Young award (Sunday was a step in the right...
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Rob Bradford
August 12, 2018 - 10:32 pm
Alex Cora didn't hesitate in his assessment. "He's the best hitter in baseball, no doubt about it," the Red Sox manager said in discussing J.D. Martinez on the Red Sox Radio Network pregame show. "It's impressive because he stays with his plan, he looks for mistakes and when he gets them he's not...
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Mookie Betts grand slam Blue Jays Red Sox
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Alex Reimer
August 11, 2018 - 10:00 am
The best race to watch for the rest of the Red Sox season includes two of their own. With 82 wins and a nine-game lead over the Yankees with 45 contests left to play, the AL East is all but officially over. At this point, it’s all about setting up the playoff rotation, and fretting over the bridge...
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John Tomase
August 10, 2018 - 11:19 pm
The Red Sox and Orioles just played one of the stupidest games of baseball you'll ever see. It goes without saying that the Red Sox won. They didn't just win. They overwhelmed the Woe's in a 19-12 victory that saw them erase an 8-3 deficit, overcome a back-to-earth start from Nathan Eovaldi, and...
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John Tomase
August 10, 2018 - 1:04 pm
Mookie Betts may deny J.D. Martinez the American League triple crown, but that doesn't mean he can stop him from joining a select group of hitters. If the season ended today, Martinez would lead the league in homers (35) and RBIs (99) and finish second to Betts in batting (.331). Since 1970, the...
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Rob Bradford
August 08, 2018 - 1:13 pm
TORONTO -- Life has been full of the unexpected when it comes to J.D. Martinez. Ask a teammate if Martinez is better than they thought and you'll get a shockingly honest answer. "Definitely," said Red Sox first baseman Mitch Moreland. "I knew he was a great player and a great hitter, but the stuff...
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Rob Bradford
August 08, 2018 - 1:27 am
TORONTO -- It probably seemed like the right thing to do, let Ryan Tepera pitch to J.D. Martinez with two outs, runners on first and third and the Blue Jays clinging to a one-run lead over the Red Sox in the eighth inning Tuesday night. Tepera had faced Martinez four times, retiring the righty...
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Rob Bradford
August 07, 2018 - 10:38 pm
TORONTO -- Remember last year, when the Red Sox' strategy to score runs was based on grit, guile and a little bit of good fortune? Forget that. Down in the eighth inning? Let J.D. Martinez blast a three-run homer to give the Red Sox a late-inning lead against the Blue Jays. Craig Kimbrel blown save...
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