After stellar August, V-Mart AL Player of Month

After stellar August, V-Mart AL Player of Month

Victor Martinez was named the American League's Player of the Month for August, the first such honor for the 12-year veteran and five-time All-Star.

Detroit's designated hitter tied for the Major League lead in hits with 41 in the month, and toted a .350 batting average in 31 games. Martinez slugged at a .547 clip in the month, hitting six homers and driving in 30 runs.

Martinez, 35, tallied 14 multihit games and was third in the AL in on-base percentage (.442) thanks to 19 walks.

Martinez -- whose .332 season average was second only to the Astros' Jose Altuve in the Majors entering Wednesday -- is the first Detroit player to win the award in 2014. The last Tiger to win it was two-time reigning AL MVP Miguel Cabrera, who earned the distinction last August.

Houston's Chris Carter, Kansas City's Alex Gordon, Chicago's Jose Abreu and Minnesota's Trevor Plouffe also received votes.

Stephen Pianovich is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.