The 40-year-old Martinez went 2-for-5 with a home run and three RBIs Friday, helping the Mariners win 6-3 for their fourth victory in five games.
Martinez homered for the third straight game, and extended his hitting streak to eight games. He instantly became a fan of the new fence, which is 25 feet in front of the old one.
“Center field still feels like it is a mile out there, but left field is more fair now,” Martinez said. “That ball I hit would have been an out last year—I hit two in that same spot last year.”
During the hitting streak, Martinez has is 12-for-30 (.400) with six home runs, 15 RBIs and seven runs scored while helping the Mariners win five of the eight games.
The Tigers lost their second straight and fifth in seven games, dropping 21 games below .500.
STANDINGS: Mariners - 1st place, AL West. Tigers - 5th place, 14 1/2 GB, AL Central.
MARINERS PROBABLE STARTER: Jamie Moyer (5-2, 3.61 ERA). On Sunday, Moyer gave up two earned runs and two hits in seven innings of a 7-2 win over the Chicago White Sox—his fourth win in five starts. He is 7-6 with a 2.71 ERA in 22 appearances, including 15 starts, against the Tigers.
TIGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Nate Cornejo (3-2, 2.66 ERA). Cornejo gave up two earned runs and seven hits in six innings in his last start, Sunday’s 9-2 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. The 23-year-old righty has never faced the Mariners.
OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Mariners - Martinez, .345 avg., 10 HRs and 34 RBIs; Boone, 32 runs; Suzuki, 8 SBs. Tigers - Bobby Higginson and Young, .241 avg.; Young, 5 HRs and 18 RBIs; Higginson, 18 runs and 4 SBs.
SEASON SERIES: Mariners, 3-1.
STREAKS AND NOTES: Mariners - Suzuki’s third-inning double was the 500th hit of his career. … Seattle improved to 13-3 against Central Division teams. … First-year manager Bob Melvin made his major league debut with the Tigers in 1985 against the Mariners, going 2-for-4 with two doubles. … The Mariners have won 13 of their last 18 meetings and are 13-3 against Central Division teams this season. Tigers - Tigers pitchers struck out a season-high 11 batters on Friday. … The Tigers purchased the contract of INF Kevin Witt from Triple-A Toledo Friday. … Twenty of the Tigers’ 38 games have been decided by two or fewer runs or less, tying them with the Rangers for second in the AL.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Mariners - 12-7 on the road; Tigers - 3-15 at home.