On the flip side, Martinez's two singles marked his 31st multi-hit game of the season in 81 games played.
"You don't see him strike out a lot," Ausmus said, "but I'll take two hits from Victor every night."
He'd take it again Saturday. The question is whether Martinez will have two chances at it.
Though Martinez said he's pain-free after lingering left side and back pain sidelined him for most of July, Ausmus wants to proceed cautiously to avoid aggravating the injury. Ausmus told Martinez before the game to conserve his swings in batting practice and between at-bats as designated hitter.
After Friday's loss, Ausmus said he was still weighing how to use Martinez in Saturday's day-night doubleheader.
"He said he felt great. I talked to him after the game," Ausmus said. "He wants to play both tomorrow, but we'll see how that goes. That may be a decision in progress."
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