After a year off of baseball due to a torn ACL in his left knee, it has taken Victor Martinez to get back to his normal self on the diamond. He broke out in a big way tonight, picking up three hits. He also picked up the team by scoring three runs, including one when he advanced from first to third on an error by first baseman Nick Swisher.
The Indians changed pitchers immediately after that play, giving Martinez a necessary breather, along with some help from Omar Infante.
Later in the game, Justin Verlander attempted to avoid the inevitable "Handshake of Doom" from Jim Leyland by skirting to the other entrance to the Tigers' dugout after coming off the field in the seventh inning.
After the game, Leyland didn't seem to find it as amusing as the rest of us.
Leyland on Verlander's dugout move: "You might think that was comical, but I don't think that was comical at all."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 8, 2013
On the other hand, Verlander did.
Verlander surprised to hear Leyland wasn't happy: "If he wants to be mad, he can be mad. I just wanted to stay in the game."— Jason Beck (@beckjason) June 8, 2013
My take: if Verlander continues to pitch like he did tonight, I think the skipper will come around.