J.D. Martinez

USA Today Sports
April 20, 2018 - 2:06 am
The praise has been heaped on various corners of the Red Sox clubhouse for good reason. After their sweep over the Angels in which they never trailed for a single inning, this is a team that stands at 16-2, having now won 16 of its last 17 games. It is the best start of a season since the 1987...
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Alex Reimer
April 19, 2018 - 1:45 pm
There are lots of ways to quantify the Red Sox’ torrid start. The most obvious indicator is their 15-2 record, which is the best a team has fared out of the gate since the 2003 Giants. The pitching staff is also incredible, sporting an ERA of 2.66. While the Red Sox’ starting rotation was expected...
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John Tomase
April 19, 2018 - 1:28 am
Remember when the Red Sox used to play competitive games? Those were the days. Baseball's hottest team since the second game of the season, the Red Sox have become its most overwhelming squad over the last week. They extended the best start in franchise history with a 9-0 victory in Anaheim on...
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Ryan Hannable
April 15, 2018 - 3:59 pm
Even though it was April 15, it felt like December 15 at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon, and the miserable conditions certainly impacted the action on the field. At 34 degrees, it was the lowest game-time temperature at Fenway Park since April 17, 2003. It was so cold the Red Sox even offered free...
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Rob Bradford
April 07, 2018 - 5:36 pm
Chris Sale has never hit a home run as a member of the Red Sox. But he absolutely knew what J.D. Martinez felt like when the designated hitter notched his first in his new home, Fenway Park. "It's got to be satisfying. It's just as fun as any of the other ones, but I'm sure for him there's a...
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Rob Bradford
April 02, 2018 - 9:37 pm
MIAMI -- This could have been a homecoming for Giancarlo Stanton, or even Marcell Ozuna. But, instead, it was just another visit to Marlins Park for J.D. Martinez and the Red Sox. The Sox' visit to play the Marlins was a reminder of who used to play in this stadium, and how they were dangled in...
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Ryan Hannable
March 29, 2018 - 12:15 pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The first of 162 lineups is out and it has no surprises. As expected, J.D. Martinez will bat clean up with Hanley Ramirez hitting in front of him, while Mookie Betts will lead off. The one question going into Thursday's opener was where would Eduardo Nunez and Rafael Devers...
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Rob Bradford
March 27, 2018 - 10:25 pm
FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A lot has changed for J.D. Martinez. This was a kid, after all, who graduated Charles Flanagan High with just 175 pounds on his 6-foot-3 frame, and the proud owner of one home run in his senior year. That was 12 years, 60 pounds and 152 major league homers ago. "I was a twig,"...
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John Tomase
March 27, 2018 - 11:24 am
For the first time in recorded history, the Red Sox own the highest payroll in baseball. The Associated Press has tracked team spending via numbers compiled by Major League Baseball since 1990, and the Red Sox top the list this year, with a projected Opening Day payroll of $223 million. The Red Sox...
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J.D. Martinez
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John Tomase
March 20, 2018 - 12:51 pm
J.D. Martinez earned $110 million from the Red Sox for his home run ability. But his clubhouse impact matters, too, and in this area, manager Alex Cora offers rave reviews. Martinez has integrated seamlessly in a fashion perhaps best summarized by the words of 1980s songwriter Terry Cashman: talkin...
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