Gordy Van Haitsma from Grand Rapids, Mich., has been voted to be the Tigers' representative of the People All-Stars Among Us campaign, which recognizes individuals who make extraordinary contributions to their communities.
Van Haitsma was selected among three finalists for the Tigers honor. He runs a bicycle donation service that rewards students at Alexander Elementary School with a bicycle for reading 15 books. The program has awarded 60 bikes to kids over the last three years.
Van Haitsma, plus 29 other All-Stars Among Us -- one representing each MLB Club -- will attend and be honored during the pregame ceremony of the 81st Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13 on FOX, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Fans across the nation cast 1.7 million votes -- more than double the amount of votes from last year -- at PeopleAllStars.com to select the 30 "All-Stars Among Us" winners out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.
Cabrera: All-Star start would be special
MINNEAPOLIS -- Miguel Cabrera says he isn't worrying about his All-Star hopes, that he's focused on what happens with the Tigers. But he isn't going to pretend that it's meaningless to him.
Cabrera wants to start. He just can't control whether or not it happens.
"If I start, it's a special thing," Cabrera said. "I've got four All-Star Games and I've never been a starter. I have a good chance to start, and I want to start. But it's the same thing. It's always tough."
Cabrera enters the final days of All-Star balloting ranked third among American League first basemen, fewer than 300,000 votes behind leader Justin Morneau of Minnesota and nearly 30,000 votes behind New York's Mark Teixeira. Cabrera has seen a huge surge in votes, topping 400,000 votes in each of the last couple weeks, but he needs a major final push to make up ground.
If Morneau holds on, Cabrera could still make the team on the players' ballot, but barring injury, he wouldn't be starting. He's a four-time All-Star as a reserve. To go as a reserve again, he admits, would mean less.
"If I'm going to be in the second [team], that means nothing to me," Cabrera said.
That doesn't mean he wouldn't go. It just means it wouldn't be the same.
"It's tough to say something," Cabrera said, "because you can't control that. The only thing I can control is what I'm going to do today. I go out there every day and do what I do and try to do my best. I know what I can do.
"I'm worried about winning games right now. I'm worrying about working right now to beat Minnesota. I don't worry about the All-Star Game right now because I'm worried about winning games."
Magglio scratched from lineup
MINNEAPOLIS -- Magglio Ordonez said Monday afternoon that while his left side was bothering him on some swings, the soreness probably wouldn't keep him out of the lineup. A few hours and some batting practice swings later, though, it proved to be more troublesome than previously thought, and he was scratched from Detroit's starting lineup.
"Well, Magglio is getting checked out by the doctor," manager Jim Leyland said afterwards. "He said he just didn't feel right, and I'm not going to take any chances."
The same injury kept Ordonez out of the lineup for six games earlier this month, but he came back and played in 11 straight games until Leyland gave him Sunday off. Leyland admitted then that Ordonez was still feeling some soreness, but more on checked swings and reaching for some pitches.
Ordonez admitted it was bothering him, but that it wouldn't necessarily be something to keep him out of the lineup again. He took batting practice on the field in the same group as Miguel Cabrera and Carlos Guillen, but was not in the group as BP wrapped up. He also was feeling ill before the game.
Any prolonged loss of Ordonez would obviously be a big loss for the Tigers, who entered Monday a half-game back of the Twins in the American League Central. Even with a 3-for-20 performance so far on this road trip, he's still batting .319 on the year with 10 home runs and 49 RBIs.
Ramon Santiago replaced Ordonez in the Tigers lineup, batting second for the fourth straight game and playing second base. Ryan Raburn, who had been slated to make that start, moved down to third in the lineup and shifted to left field, with Brennan Boesch moving from left to right.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.