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Víctor Martínez will likely retire after this season


The Tigers rallied for two in the ninthinnings, thanks in part to a pinch-hit single by Víctor Martínez, but fell just short, ultimately losing Wednesday’s contest 6-5 to the White Sox. Martínez is now hitting a lackluster .244/.294/.331 with six home runs and 39 RBI in 402 plate appearances this season.

Martínez, who will turn 40 years old in December and will be a free agent, was asked after the game about playing beyond this season. Martínez said, via FOX Sports Detroit, “I’m pretty sure this is going to be it. Like I said, I’m just enjoying these last six weeks and finally go home.”

Martínez has spent parts of 16 seasons in the majors with the Indians, Red Sox, and Tigers. He has a career batting line of .295/.360/.455 with 243 home runs and 1,163 RBI in 8,059 trips to the plate. He made the All-Star team five times and won the Silver Slugger Award twice. Though Martínez never reached the World Series, he played in three ALCS Game 6’s and one Game 7.

Shawn Tolleson retires from baseball

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Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports that reliever Shawn Tolleson is retiring from baseball. The right-hander experienced a setback in his recovery from Tommy John surgery last week.

Tolleson, who turns 31 years old on Saturday, last pitched in the majors in 2016. He had two very good years out of the bullpen for the Rangers in 2014-15, posting an aggregate 2.88 ERA with 145 strikeouts and 45 walks across 144 innings.

Tolleson signed a one-year deal with the Rays in January 2017 before undergoing Tommy John surgery several months later. The Rangers inked him to a minor league contract in December 2017, but he wasn’t able to work his way back.