Victor Martinez is out of the Tigers’ lineup for a fourth straight game stemming from the “pinch” in the 36-year-old’s surgically repaired knee that he felt Saturday. He also apparently has a sore back today.
Martinez actually played Sunday, but hasn’t started since then. The first three of those games came in an NL ballpark so there was no designated hitter spot for Martinez and he did make a pinch-hitting appearance, but the fact that he remains on the bench despite returning to AL rules today in Detroit is worrisome.
Yoenis Cespedes is in the DH spot today, with Rajai Davis and Anthony Gose both in the lineup.
The Astros rallied late to keep their winning streak alive, extending it to 11 games with a 7-4 victory over the Royals on Sunday afternoon. The club is now 48-25, leading the Mariners by a full game in the AL West.
The Royals took a 4-2 lead after three innings, but Brian McCann knocked in a run with a single in the top of the fourth to cut the deficit to one run. Carlos Correa hit a game-tying solo home run in the eighth. The Astros kept their foot on the gas, scoring two more runs on RBI singles from Evan Gattis and Marwin Gonzalez in the top of the eighth and another in the top of the ninth on Correa’s sacrifice fly.
Starter Lance McCullers allowed four runs (two earned) on six hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over six innings. Tony Sipp worked a scoreless seventh. Ken Giles did the same in the eighth. Hector Rondon finished off the win in the ninth, working around a one-out walk with a game-ending double play.
After winning all 10 games on their road trip against the Rangers, Athletics, and Royals, the Astros will head home for a nine-game homestand against the Rays, Royals, and Blue Jays. Each club is below .500.