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.