With his dad at home watching on Father’s Day on Sunday, Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez slugged three home runs in a 12-4 win over the Yankees. Martinez had never hit two home runs in a game before, let alone three. And he even had a chance for a four-homer game, but flew out to right field in the seventh inning.
Martinez’s first home run came in the first inning with a man aboard, taking Masahiro Tanaka out to left-center to boost the Tigers’ lead to 4-0. He hit another one off of Tanaka in the fifth with the bases empty to make it a 7-2 game. In the sixth, he slugged a three-run shot off of reliever Danny Burawa, making his major league debut, to make it 11-2. Watch that third home run here:
Martinez saw his OPS nearly dip below .700 in early May, but has rebounded in a big way. He’s currently batting .275/.333/.516 with 16 home runs and 41 RBI.
Blue Jays second baseman Cavan Biggio hit for the cycle on Tuesday against the Orioles. Cavan, the son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, struck out in the first inning, but bounced back to hit a two-run homer in the third. He followed that up with a single in the sixth, a double in the eighth, and a two-run triple in the ninth.
Biggio is the sixth player to hit for the cycle this season, joining Jorge Polanco (Twins), Shohei Ohtani (Angels), Jake Bauers (Indians), Trea Turner (Nationals), and Jonathan Villar (Orioles). He’s the third member of the Blue Jays to hit for the cycle, joining Jeff Frye and Kelly Gruber. In case you were wondering, yes, Craig Biggio has also hit for the cycle. He did so against the Rockies on April 8, 2002. Craig and Cavan are the second father-son duo to both hit for the cycle, joining Gary and Daryle Ward, Sportsnet notes.
After Tuesday’s 4-for-5 performance, Biggio is batting .230/.361/.425 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI in 379 plate appearances on the season.