Published: Fri, July 21, 2017
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

JD Martinez day-to-day after being struck by pitch in D-backs debut

JD Martinez day-to-day after being struck by pitch in D-backs debut

The Detroit Tigers finally began the rebuilding process on Tuesday afternoon as the team announced the trade of slugging outfielder J.D. Martinez to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The D-backs sent minor league infielders Dawel Lugo, Sergio Alcantara and Jose King to Detroit for Martinez, who is eligible for free agency in November. Lugo ranked second on the Diamondbacks Top 30 coming into the season. The seven-year veteran is hitting.305 in 57 games this season with 16 home runs, 39 RBI and an on-base percentage of.388.

They now hold the second wild card spot with a five and a half game lead over the Chicago Cubs. If you are going to trade the farm for help in the majors right now, you should do it to win a division's pennant - not to coin-toss in the Wild Card game.

Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Vogt will miss "significant time". The 22-year-old owns a more than solid.282/.325/.428 batting line in AA this season and hit.311/.339/.492 between Hi-A and AA last year.

This year's Tigers had their worst first half since that infamous group, led by Alan Trammell, 14 seasons ago.

Pirates 4, Brewers 3: Francisco Cervelli and Josh Harrison homered during a sixth-inning rally and Pittsburgh welcomed outfielder Starling Marte back with a victory.

"This is where I made my name", Martinez said of playing for the Tigers.

The Royals' win moved them to within two games of the first-place Cleveland Indians in the AL Central, helping them put off the buy-or-sell decision further despite being two games under.500. Throughout the 458 games he played for Detroit since 2014, he hit.300, had 99 home runs, and 285 runs batted in. They have the third-best run differential in the N.L. As good as the Diamondbacks' lineup has been, they have struggled this season against left-handed pitching.

Lackey returns for Cubs: John Lackey was activated from the 10-day disabled list and started for the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday after missing two weeks. In 17 starts, the right-hander is 5-9 with a 5.20 ERA and 24 homers allowed, most in the NL.

Moss had three hits, including a home run in the third inning.

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