The Detroit Tigers cannot escape reminders of what they used to be.
They faced their former ace, Justin Verlander, in the last game before the All-Star break on Sunday. Upon returning from a four-day hiatus, they run into one of the league's premier sluggers, another player they traded away last season to enter a rebuilding phase.
J.D. Martinez and American League East-leading Boston (68-30) begin a weekend series in Detroit on Friday night.