Detroit Tigers right-fielder J.D. Martinez absolutely robs Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis of a home run on Friday night.

By Robby Sabo

Oftentimes it takes a chunk of time to ease back into the swing of things after the MLB All-Star break.

After all, this is the sport that plays the heaviest schedule of them all. 162 games in about 180 days is the reason the big leagues are so grueling. Sure, it’s nothing close to the contact we see from the likes of the NFL and NHL, but can a baseball player get a day off from time to time?


The All-Star break is that rare chance for players to take a semi-vacation.

One guy who had no issues getting back into the swing of things on Friday night was Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez. (Perhaps it’s because he played in Cincinnati.)

Martinez flashed some filthy leather tonight against Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis as he robbed the power-hitter of a right-field home run.

Not only has he flashed that slick leather, but Martinez homered in the fifth-inning off of Ubaldo Jimenez. It was a solo-shot for his 26th round-tripper of the season.

They’ve played six in Detroit with the Tigers maintaining a comfy 7-2 lead over Buck Showalter’s club.

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