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:
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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.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Pitcher Max Fried went to salary arbitration with the Atlanta Braves for the second straight year, asking for $15 million instead of the team’s $13.5 million offer.
The 29-year-old left-hander went 14-7 for the second straight season and lowered his ERA to 2.48 from 3.04 in 2021. Fried was a first-time All-Star last season, was second to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara in Cy Young Award voting and was third in the National League in ERA behind Alcantara and Julio Urias with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Fried won a $6.85 million salary last year instead of the team’s $6.6 million proposal in arbitration. That was after he pitched six shutout innings in World Series Game 6 as the Braves won their first title since 1995.
Fried, who is eligible for free agency after the 2024 World Series, had his case heard Friday by a panel that’s expected to issue a decision Saturday.
Players have won two of three decisions so far: Pitcher Jesus Luzardo ($2.45 million) and AL batting champion Luis Arraez ($6.1 million) both beat the Miami Marlins. But Seattle defeated Diego Castillo ($2.95 million).
A decision is being held for Los Angeles Angels outfielder Hunter Renfroe, whose case was argued Monday. About 20 more cases are scheduled through Feb. 17.