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J.D. Martinez hits 16th home run in September, tying NL record


Diamondbacks outfielder J.D. Martinez hit yet another home run in Wednesday’s 4-3 walk-off win against the Giants. His solo shot came in the bottom of the ninth inning with the D-Backs trailing 3-1 against Sam Dyson.

It’s the 16th home run Martinez hit in the month of September, tying the National League record held by Ralph Kiner (1949, Pirates). If Martinez hits another home run before the end of the month, he’ll match the major league record held by Albert Belle (1995, Indians) and Babe Ruth (1927, Yankees).

Since joining the Diamondbacks from the Tigers, Martinez is batting .306/.372/.761 with 29 home runs, 65 RBI, and 47 runs scored in 247 plate appearances across 59 games.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.