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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

J.D. Martinez, Anibal Sanchez earn Tigers monthly honors for June

After earning American League Player of the Week honors for the first time in his career, J.D. Martinez (above right) was named the Tigers' Player of the Month for June.

Anibal Sanchez earned the team's Pitcher of the Month honors.

Martinez hit .345 with seven home runs and nine doubles, driving in 21 runs and scoring 12 more.

"He’s been, for the last three weeks, he’s been probably our main run-producer. He swung the bat well. He’s a guy, right now, that you don’t want out of the lineup very often, other than to give him a rest here and there. His power makes him such a threat that, even if he’s not swinging the bat well, a pitcher’s gotta be careful with him," manager Brad Ausmus said.

"But he’s been a huge, huge asset these last few days."

Sanchez was one of only four pitchers in the American League (with a minimum of three decisions) to go unbeaten in the month of June. He was 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA and held opponents to a .211 batting average.


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