Victor Martinez (side) has returned to the Tigers starting lineup on Friday.

The Tigers never declared V-Mart's injury an oblique issue, so perhaps it was just a minor problem in his side. He had tried to come back just before the break but when he felt a pain, the Tigers immediately shut him down again. His .328 average with 21 home runs and 55 RBI were huge for Detroit in the first half, so you can understand their caution. Hard to see him duplicating those numbers but even if he comes close, the season was a huge success.ANALYST: Howard Bender