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10/15/2013 9:21 P.M. ET

V-Mart fine after cramping up in ninth inning

Catcher removed for pinch-runner in one-run game in Tigers' last at-bat

DETROIT -- The Tigers couldn't grab a win in Game 3 of the American League Championship Series on Tuesday against the Red Sox, and they dodged a big blow to their lineup.

Victor Martinez grabbed his left quad after hitting a one-out single in the ninth inning before gingerly walking off the field for a pinch-runner.


While there was some concern about the severity because Martinez missed the entire 2012 season due to microfracture surgery on his left knee, he brushed it off.

"Just a little cramp. but that was it," Martinez said. "Anyway, I was going to get a pinch-runner, so not a big deal."

Martinez has been one of the top hitters in the Tigers lineup, going 2-for-4 in Game 3 on Tuesday, and improving to 13-for-31 (.419) with five extra-base hits and three RBIs in the postseason.

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.