He isn't an All-Star yet, though he keeps coming close.
"I think Jeremy's a real young right-hander, and I think there's All-Star Games in the future for him," manager Jim Leyland said. "But I took [Johan] Santana over him because Santana was voted for by the players, and Jeremy said he respected me for that."
The way he seems to pitch each first half, he's almost bound to get to the Midsummer Classic if he repeats it. As badly as he wants it, though, he also likes having the break. He'll take the player support as a consolation prize.
"It's just nice to know that your teammates think that you should be there," Bonderman said. "For me, it's nice to be recognized at all. To have people believe that you should be there, that's gratifying enough for me."
BOS: LHP Kason Gabbard (2-0, 5.79 ERA)
Gabbard couldn't make it out of the sixth on Monday against the Rangers, but he was otherwise effective in a game in which he received seven runs of support. The second-year lefty struck out five, allowing three earned runs over 5 2/3 frames, and earned his second win of the season. He has never faced Detroit.
DET: RHP Jeremy Bonderman (9-1, 3.58 ERA)
Bonderman followed his first loss of the season by tossing eight scoreless innings last Sunday night in a duel with Minnesota's Scott Baker, earning the win in a 1-0 victory. He's 3-4 in his career against the Red Sox, but he had two quality starts against them last year, striking out 14 batters over 15 1/3 combined innings.
Player to watch
Marcus Thames is 5-for-15 over his last five games with three home runs and eight RBIs while collecting regular playing time.
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Sunday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 10-5, 3.53) at Tigers (Nate Robertson, 4-6, 4.86), 1:05 p.m. ET
Thursday: Tigers (TBA) at Mariners (Jarrod Washburn, 8-6, 3.72), 10:05 p.m. ET
Friday: Tigers (TBA) at Mariners (Miguel Batista, 8-7, 4.54), 10:05 p.m. ET