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V-Mart remains model of consistency at plate

V-Mart remains model of consistency at plate

KANSAS CITY -- Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has said it at least four times this week: He has never seen a hitter take a consistent focus to every pitch at the plate like Victor Martinez, never giving away a pitch.

On Friday, after Martinez's latest effort -- a pair of doubles and two RBIs -- led the Tigers to an 8-2 win over James Shields and the Royals, Ausmus said it again. Martinez, meanwhile, said it's nothing different from what he has done his whole time here.

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It's not only consistent this year, but over the years.

"I'm not going to lie, [the praise] makes me feel good," Martinez said. "But at the same time, I think I've been like that my whole career. I don't think anything's going to change. It's good to hear, but on the other hand, I just make sure that when I go out there, I'm just trying to be a tough out, put a good at-bat in, see what happens. I always try to go out there and battle."

Martinez entered Satuday just outside the American League's top 10 in hitting with a .315 average to go with an .859 OPS. He leads the Tigers in OPS, while only Rajai Davis had a higher average entering Saturday.

"One thing that I can tell you," Martinez said, "is that I've always been a guy that works my butt off in the offseason to play every day. I always say when you work hard, I think you deserve to do something good on the field. I always expect a lot. I don't know what it is, but you know what, I feel great, my body feels great. I don't know if I really feel 35, but my body feels great."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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