V-Mart: 95 percent chance for Friday return

Victor Martinez said he’s taking in these All-Star festivities as a fan and a dad, taking pictures of his kids with the All-Stars. Come Friday, he hopes to be a designated hitter again.

“I swung the bat yesterday for the first time,” Martinez said Monday. “There’s like a 95 percent [chance] that I’m going to be able to play when I get back on Friday.”

The Tigers open their second half Friday at home against Cleveland, part of a four-game, three-day series that includes a day-night doubleheader Saturday.

“I’m a lot better,” Martinez said. “I’m almost right there. I mean, as much as I love the game and as much as I love this team, this stage right here, we still have a long way to go. I have to get right. I have to get back into the lineup and keep helping the team.”

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