Martinez will bat leadoff Saturday so that he can get the number of at-bats he needs without having to catch longer than he or the Tigers want. Ian Kinsler, who has batted leadoff regularly this spring, will be fifth.
Ausmus indicated Martinez will probably catch a couple more games by the time camp breaks in two weeks. The Tigers have Interleague Play early, facing the Dodgers and Padres on the road in the second week of the season, so Martinez will have to play a position if he's going to start a game or two on that trip.
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