The Tigers have their longest winning streak of the season heading into the All-Star break, nailing down their fifth straight victory in a 7-to-1 decision yesterday afternoon over Kansas City at Comerica Park. The 3-game sweep of the Royals puts Detroit at 44-and-42 and two games over .500 for the first time since April 25th. Jhonny Peralta finished 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and an RBI double to lead the Tiger’s offense yesterday. Prince Fielder clubbed a three-run homer and Delmon Young homered for the fourth straight game for the Tigers with a solo shot. Max Scherzer struck out seven through seven innings of one-run ball to improve to 8-and-5 on the season. The Detroit victory allowed the Tigers to gain ground on the Central Division leading White Sox, who lost 11-to-9 to the Blue Jays. The third place Tigers trail the White Sox by 3-and-a-half games and are only a half game behind the second place Indians.
FOX SPORTS.COM is reporting that Tiger ace Justin Verlander will be the starting American League pitcher for tomorrow night’s All-Star game in Kansas City. The skipper for the American League, Texas manager Ron Washington, is expected to officially give the nod to Verlander during a news conference this afternoon. Prince Fielder will start at first base for the American League and also will compete in tonight’s All Star home run derby. Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera is also on the American League squad.
A possible future star for the Tigers, 20-year old Nick Castellanos, showed his talent yesterday in Kansas City in the Futures Game, the annual matchup of baseball’s top minor league prospects. He took home MVP honors as the U.S. Futures defeated the World Futures, 17-to-5. Castellanos, who started the season at Class-A Lakeland and now is at Double-A Erie, went 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and three runs scored.