Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez was ejected by home plate umpire Mike Everitt after he struck out looking in the bottom of the sixth inning of Saturday’s game against the Angels. He had a brief conversation with Everitt, which resulted in Martinez getting ejected. MLive.com’s Evan Boodbery spoke to Martinez about what happened and got a word-for-word recollection of what happened. If you’ve ever wondered what umpires and players say to each other during their arguments, here’s a look: No one has ever accused umpires of having thick skin. Martinez finished the game 1-for-3. After an 0-for-4 performance on Sunday, he’s hitting .315/.377/.561 with 18 home runs and 52 RBI in 385 plate appearances.
CSN Philly’s Jim Salisbury reports that a team claimed Phillies starter Jeremy Hellickson on trade waivers, but the two clubs were unable to work out a deal. As a result, the Phillies pulled Hellickson back from trade waivers, which means he’s ineligible to be traded for the rest of the season. Hellickson, 29, has had a nice bounce-back season after three poor years from 2013-15. He’s 10-8 with a 3.80 ERA and a 131/36 K/BB ratio in 154 innings. The Phillies could attempt to re-sign Hellickson in the offseason. It’s also possible the club makes a qualifying offer — estimated to be worth $16.7 million — so that the Phillies will at least get back a compensatory draft pick if Hellickson opts to
Detroit Tigers catchers James McCann and Jarrod Saltalamacchia don’t agree with quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the playing of the national anthem before an NFL preseason game. Saltalamacchia, who typically wears the Red, White and Blue apparel before games, was blunt in his assessment of Kaepernick’s protest. “He needs to go back to the history books and realize what that flag represents and what a lot of people have sacrificed for it,” Saltalamacchia said. “Has nothing to do with his comments, that’s for sure. Related: Lions' Boldin supports Kaepernick “It’s pretty disgusting.” Kaepernick, quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, said he refused to stand during the national