Tigers Forge Ahead Without V-Mart

In one month, Tigers position players will report to Spring Training in Lakeland, Florida. Pitchers and catchers will report a few days earlier than that. The defending American League Central Division champions enter the 2012 season without designated hitter Victor Martinez in the lineup. He tore a knee ligament during a workout a couple of weeks ago. It won’t be easy to replace V-Mart’s .330 average or his 103 runs batted in from last season. But Manager Jim Leyland told WDET's Pat Batcheller that he still has a very good and resilient ball club. Opening Day is April 5th against the Boston Red Sox at Comerica Park. Click the audio link above to hear the conversation.