Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez had been out since mid-June with a non-displaced fracture of the radial neck of his right elbow, suffered while running into the right field wall on a catch attempt. He was activated on Wednesday but did not start against the White Sox.
Martinez did, however, pinch-hit in a 1-1 game in the eighth inning against White Sox starter Chris Sale. Sale threw a first-pitch fastball, which Martinez promptly deposited well beyond the fence in center field at Comerica Park, giving the Tigers a 2-1 lead.
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The 2-1 score would hold, extending the Tigers’ winning streak to eight games. As the Indians lost to the Twins, the Indians’ lead in the AL Central is down to two games.