July 6th, 2010

Tuesday: Tigers vs. Orioles

Austin Jackson gets a regular day off, no injury concerns. Don Kelly takes his place in CF and leads off against O’s rookie Jake Arrieta, who has given up a .373 average (19-for-51) and 1.118 OPS to left-handed batters this year compared with a .160 average (8-for-50) against righties.

  1. Kelly, CF
  2. Damon, DH
  3. Ordonez, RF
  4. Cabrera, 1B
  5. Boesch, LF
  6. Guillen, 2B
  7. Inge, 3B
  8. Avila, C
  9. Santiago, SS
P: Armando Galarraga
  1. Corey Patterson, DH
  2. Miguel Tejada, 3B
  3. Nick Markakis, RF
  4. Ty Wigginton, 3B
  5. Adam Jones, CF
  6. Matt Wieters, C
  7. Felix Pie, LF
  8. Julio Lugo, 2B
  9. Cesar Izturis, SS
P: Jake Arrieta

Cabrera will hit in Derby

Miguel Cabrera confirmed Tuesday he’ll take part in next week’s State Farm Home Run Derby. What’s more, he isn’t going just to take part.

“I want to win,” Cabrera said Tuesday afternoon.
It’ll be his second derby. He took part in 2006 at Pittsburgh’s PNC Park and placed third, then had to bow out the next year in San Francisco for injury reasons.
Joining Cabrera in the derby will be Robinson Cano, David Ortiz and Vernon Wells from the American League, and Corey Hart and Matt Holliday from the National League. That leaves two more spots to fill.
Cabrera becomes the fourth Tiger in the last six years to take part in the derby, and he’ll be hoping to become the first since Ivan Rodriguez in 2005 to advance past the first round. Pudge made it to the finals that year at Comerica Park before losing out. Magglio Ordonez was a last-minute addition in 2007 and kind of showed it, hitting just two. And, of course, Brandon Inge went homerless last year, though we found out later he was dealing with his knee injuries then.
Making the trip with Cabrera and throwing to him Monday night will be Tigers bullpen catcher Scott Pickens. He threw to Inge last year and Ordonez in ’07, so he’s hoping to break his own streak. 

Boesch wins AL Rookie of the Month again

It’s a second straight Rookie of the Month award for Boesch, and the third straight award for the Tigers when factoring in Austin Jackson winning the award in April.

Boesch actually had stronger numbers in June than when he won the award in May. For June, the 25-year-old batted .337 with eight home runs, four doubles, a triple and 23 RBIs, Add in 10 walks, and he posted a 1.025 OPS.

That would’ve earned him consideration for AL Player of the Month honors, but it was definitely enough to take the rookie recognition again. The only other AL rookie to get a vote was Indians catcher Carlos Santana.

He’s off to a pretty good start on July honors as well. He entered Tuesday batting 7-for-13 so far in July, and his four-walk game Monday against the Orioles was the first by a Tigers rookie since Steve Boros in 1961.