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Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez goes from COVID-19 list to 3-HR game

Red Sox, J.D. Martinez

Boston Red Sox designated hitter J.D. Martinez went on the COVID-19 injured list on Saturday. Sunday, Martinez bashed three home runs in a 14-9 win over the Baltimore Orioles.

Martinez hit solo homers in the third inning, sixth inning and eighth inning. He got a chance in the ninth inning to hit home run No. 4 on the day, but he struck out.

Still, a 4-for-6 day at the plate with three dingers and four RBI in a win will do.

Here are the three homers:

Red Sox third baseman Rafael Devers added two home runs of his own in a dominant performance at the dish.

Martinez was placed on the COVID-19 list due to cold symptoms. He underwent coronavirus testing and was cleared to play in Sunday’s game.

The Red Sox slugger has been incredible at the plate so far this season. He’s now hitting .472 with an on-base percentage of .500 after his big performance on Sunday. He has five home runs, 16 RBI and is leading the majors in extra-base hits.

The 33-year-old Martinez is bouncing back nicely after the shortened 2020 campaign. He first came to the Red Sox in 2018 and promptly had two of the best seasons of his MLB career. He was an All-Star in 2018 and 2019 and a legitimate MVP candidate in 2018.

With Martinez mashing, Boston is now up to 6-3 on the season. This has them on top of the AL East, which has gotten off to a sluggish start.