DETROIT -- Another month, another rookie award for the Tigers. This time, it goes again to slugging outfielder Brennan Boesch, who won American League Rookie of the Month honors for June.
It's the second straight AL Rookie of the Month Award for Boesch, and the third in as many months this season for the Tigers. Center fielder and leadoff man Austin Jackson won the award in April. For the significance of this, consider that until this year, only two Tigers -- Justin Verlander and Rick Porcello -- had won the monthly award since it began in 2001.
The Tigers are the first team to take three straight since 2007, when Kansas City's Brian Bannister and Billy Butler alternated winning the award from June through August.
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 have 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.
Boesch is 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 on Monday against the Orioles was the first by a Tigers rookie since Steve Boros in 1961.
-- Jason Beck
Damon collects milestone 2,500th hit
DETROIT -- Johnny Damon says he's paying more attention to milestones now than he did even earlier this year. So he was well aware his 2,500th hit was coming up by the time his sharp third-inning grounder scooted under Orioles second baseman Julio Lugo and into center field Tuesday night.
"It's definitely registering now," Damon said Tuesday afternoon. "I missed out on a milestone earlier."
He was ready for the accomplishment, but he probably wasn't ready for the reaction to it. Even with the temperature at 91 degrees, Damon's hit got many fans out of their seats to give him a lengthy standing ovation, prompting Damon to tip his helmet.
Damon is hoping it isn't the last milestone for him. At age 36, he's hoping to have a shot at 3,000 hits before he turns 40. That quest has him thinking back to so many games and at-bats earlier in his career when he could have picked up an extra hit here or there.
"You think about the games you took off over the years," he admitted.
As it is, Damon is the 92nd player in Major League history to reach 2,500 hits.
"This is actually flattering," manager Jim Leyland said, "but I doubt anyone would say, 'Boy, he's got a beautiful swing.' I don't want to get into that, because I don't want to sound like I'm offending him, because I'm not. Some guys, say George Brett or Tony Gwynn, they have a really nice, smooth swing. He's a hacker and a slasher.
"He's been a heck of a player. He's scored a lot of runs. He's going to be going for 3,000 hits, I think. I'm sure he's going to want to make a run on it."
-- Jason Beck
Galarraga to Triple-A, Weinhardt called up
DETROIT -- The Tigers will use the All-Star break to add an extra reliever for the next couple of weeks. Detroit optioned Armando Galarraga to Triple-A Toledo after his start Tuesday night and called up sinkerballer Robbie Weinhardt from the Mud Hens to add to the bullpen.
Galarraga's demotion, team president and general manager Dave Dombrowski emphasized, is a temporary one. The plan calls for him to rejoin the Tigers and start on July 20 against Texas. They'll have an extra reliever for the rest of the week once Weinhardt arrives on Wednesday. That means an eight-man bullpen for this weekend's three-game series against the Twins at Comerica Park.
The Tigers will still need a spot starter soon after the All-Star break, thanks to a day-night doubleheader on July 17 at Cleveland. Dombrowski said they'll either call up somebody from Toledo, or use a reliever to start one of those games, something Brad Thomas has done twice this season.
Weinhardt just rejoined the Mud Hens last week after being sidelined for just over a month with a muscle injury in his shoulder. He tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings over two outings since rejoining Toledo, lowering his ERA with the Hens to 1.98 for the season. He has allowed six runs on 22 hits over 27 1/3 innings at Triple-A, walking four and striking out 18.
Now that the 24-year-old right-hander has shown he's back healthy, he'll get his first crack at the Major Leagues. He was on that track this year after making a solid impression on Tigers coaches and officials in Spring Training work.
-- Jason Beck
Tigers feeling the heat
DETROIT -- With a heat advisory sticking around Detroit for the second straight day, Tigers manager Jim Leyland opted to give his team a little extra time to stay inside.
The Tigers took indoor batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Orioles, and they weren't expected to report until 5:45 p.m. ET. Leyland wanted to keep his players out of the mid-90s heat outside, especially after Monday's marathon three-hour and 44-minute game that was played in similarly sweltering conditions.
Monday's game was the hottest home game of the season for the Tigers. It was also the longest nine-inning contest of the year. The combination was enough for Leyland to decide that his players should stay off the field until the start of the game.
"That was brutal yesterday, absolutely brutal," Leyland said. "And the game was so ugly that both team's fielders were standing out there forever. It's tough. I'm going to show them I'm thinking about them a little bit. I think they appreciate it. Hopefully they got some rest and stayed inside today and will be halfway fresh for tonight."
The weather is expected to stay hot and sticky on Wednesday as well, when the Tigers wrap up the series with the Orioles. Luckily, Thursday is an off-day for the team and the weekend forecast calls for milder temperatures.
-- Alex DiFilippo
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Alex DiFilippo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.