DETROIT -- It's a small consolation for being snubbed of his first All-Star Game appearance, but center fielder Austin Jackson was named the Tigers Player of the Month for June, the team announced Monday.
Jackson missed the first seven games of the month recovering from an abdominal strain he suffered on May 16, which caused him to miss 21 games total -- likely a big reason why he was passed over in the All-Star selections Sunday. He rebounded to hit .317 (26-for-82) with six doubles, one triple, three home runs and 17 RBIs in 20 games. He also posted a .398 on-base percentage and a .922 on-base plus slugging percentage.
The 25-year-old entered Monday's game against the Twins with the third-highest OBP in the American League (.404) and fifth-highest batting average (.323). He also has eight homers, 35 RBIs and 46 runs in what is proving to be a breakout season.
Rick Porcello earned Tigers Pitcher of the Month honors after posting a 3-1 record with a 3.00 ERA. The 23-year-old defeated the Rays, Rangers and Cubs while also taking no-decisions against the Yankees and Reds. His only loss came against the Cardinals.
The sinkerballer thrives on forcing ground-ball outs and June was his best month at doing so. He had 71 ground-ball outs compared to 53 fly-ball outs. The 18-out difference was his highest for any month by 10.