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Victor Martinez’s playing career will come to an end on Saturday

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Detroit Tigers face the Kansas City Royals.He will be honored in a pregame ceremony at Comerica Park and serve as the designated hitter. He will not play the remainder of the season.Martinez David Wright Jersey , 39, has been in the majors since 2002. He is a career .295 hitter and has hit 246 home runs. He’s been with the Tigers organization since 2011, though he missed the 2012 season with a knee injury.Article continues below ...“I think that’s just me thanking the Detroit Tigers fans and everybody here,” he told the Detroit News. “To play the last game of my career here, it’s just one of the ways to thank everybody. I think that would be fair for everybody.”Manager Ron Gardenhire believes it’s a fitting way for Martinez to head into retirement.“He’s just a special guy who has had a great career,” Gardenhire said. “Not just a good career http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , a great career. I’ve watched him from both sides, from the visitors’ dugout and from the home dugout. I’m pretty lucky.”Martinez will be facing a pitcher who has become a Tigers’ nemesis, Jakob Junis.The Royals right-hander has recorded half of his eight victories against his team’s American League Central Division rival. Junis has posting a 1.74 ERA while striking out 25 batters in 31 innings in those four starts. He’s held Tigers batters to a .193 average.Subtract those performances and Junis is 4-12 with a 5.04 ERA in his other starts. He’ll try to torment the Tigers once again in the third game of the four-game series.In his last start against them on Aug. 28, Junis collected the first complete-game victory of his career. He struck out seven and didn’t issue a walk in the 6-2 triumph.Junis (8-12, 4.42 ERA) had his shortest outing of the season on Sunday, giving up four runs on eight hits in three innings against Minnesota.“I had been keeping the ball down and staying ahead of hitters Mookie Wilson Jersey ,” Junis told MLB.com afterward. “(Sunday), I was behind hitters and not keeping the ball down. Wasn’t in the zone consistently.”The Tigers haven’t seen that side of him. He’s 6-1 with a 3.14 ERA in seven career starts. Junis doesn’t have more than two victories against any other team.Detroit’s top hitter this season, right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, has gone hitless in 14 career at-bats facing Junis.The Tigers will counter with veteran right-hander Jordan Zimmermann (7-8, 4.41 ERA). He, too http://www.metsfanproshop.com/authentic-tim-tebow-jersey , struggled in his last outing on Monday. Zimmermann surrendered five runs in seven hits in 3 2/3 innings against Minnesota. He’s been tagged for seven homers in his last four outings.“He was really upset,” Gardenhire said afterward. “Just trying to figure out what was going on. Part of it is we haven’t been scoring runs. He’s healthy and he’s been throwing the ball well. He’s given us a chance most night. Just the last couple have been rough.”Zimmermann has traditionally pitched well against the Royals. In eight career appearances, he’s 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA.The teams have split the first two games of the series. After nearly two decades on the job, Mike Scioscia is expected to make the 2018 season his last as manager of the Los Angeles Angels.Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported Saturday that the 59-year-old skipper is expected to step down at season's end. Per Rosenthal, it would be Scioscia's decision and not the result of pressure from the organization.Scioscia has managed the Angels since 2000, going 1 Gary Carter Jersey ,625-1,402 in 18-plus years. He ranks 18th all-time in managerial victories.He is in the final year of a 10-year contract he signed in January 2009.Scioscia has long been viewed as one of the best managers in baseball and has two American League Manager of the Year awards (2002 and 2009) to show for it. Under his command, the team has six AL West crowns, one wild-card berth and a World Series championship.Before Scioscia, the Angels had just three postseason appearances in their 39-year history. They had never won a playoff series before he took over.As respected as he is around the league, he has not enjoyed the same type of success he did early on in his career. Los Angeles has made the postseason just once in the last eight seasons prior to 2018 and is currently 10.5 games out of a playoff spot this year. That has drawn criticism for wasting seven MVP-caliber seasons out of the best player in baseball Dwight Gooden Jersey , Mike Trout.Rosenthal notes that it's not clear if Scioscia would be retiring or if he would be interested in managing again.


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