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Friday, July 4, 2014

Even though he's in the lineup, Victor Martinez still a post-BP decision

DETROIT — Victor Martinez still might be a game-time decision.

A day after he returned to the lineup, and hit a home run in his first at-bat, Martinez’s batting practice performance was still under scrutiny on Friday.

“He said he felt good today. Generally, over the last couple of days, it’s felt better swinging from the right side, as opposed to the right side,” said manager Brad Ausmus of including the switch-hitting Martinez in the lineup against Tampa’s Alex Cobb, a right-hander, who would force Martinez to hit left-handed.

Right now he’s in the lineup, but we just want to make sure that he’s OK from the left side. If he goes out there and takes batting practice, and doesn’t feel right, then there could be a last-minute lineup change.

“But he did come in feeling even better today than he did yesterday.”


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