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MUTIGERS.COM <i>Kyle Gibson joins the major league ranks this Saturday.</i>
Kyle Gibson joins the major league ranks this Saturday.

June 26, 2013

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Boys of Summer are back and the All-Star game is looming in the distance and one former and current Tiger ace is looking like a possible starter for the American League. Will he be joined by another former Tiger standout? Two more former Tiger aces continue to strut their stuff and a fourth former Mizzou ace will make his debut this weekend. As the summer gets hotter, so do the updates! Here's how your former Tigers are doing in The Show:

Aaron Crow - RP - Kansas City Royals
The two-time first-round draft pick has developed into one of the Royals' most reliable relievers this season as he ranks 11th in the Majors in holds with 12 holds in 27 appearances. Despite the 4.19 ERA this season, he has really only been roughed up once this season as the St. Louis Cardinals tagged him for four earned runs in 0.2 innings in a 5-3 loss on May 29. On the season, Crow has held lefties to a .206 batting average. Crow has struck out 147 batters in 147.2 innings in his career.

Ian Kinsler - 2B - Texas Rangers
>Ian Kinsler has been on fire! Since June 19th (our last update) Kinsler has eight hits in 23 at bats, which is good for a .348 batting average and has scored four runs and driven in five RBIs. He also has three walks compared to just two strikeouts. During hot streak, the Rangers went 5-1, with their sole loss coming during Kinsler's hitless performance against the Yankees on June 25th. In fact, the Rangers are 27-9 when Kinsler makes contact compared to 6-8 when he's hitless. The Rangers are 34-16 with Kinsler in the lineup compared to 10-17 without. The Rangers' record without Kinsler in the lineup shows just how important and valuable he is to the team's success. He had the game-winning hit in the series finale against the Major League-leading St. Louis Cardinals in a series sweep at Busch Stadium last weekend.



Max Scherzer - SP - Detroit Tigers
>Max Scherzer continues to post a historic season for the Detroit Tigers. Scherzer is 11-0 in 15 starts, with a 3.05 ERA on the year. His 11 wins lead the bigs. Scherzer is also second in strikeouts with 122. At the rate Scherzer is pitching, he could become the 24th 20-game winner in the history of the storied franchise. Currently, Max is the leading contender to start the 2013 All-Star Game for the AL, especially with Yu Darvish struggling in his last couple of starts. Scherzer is also a leading candidate to win the Cy Young. With Scherzer leading a strong rotation consisting of Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, and Doug Fister along with a powerful lineup led by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, you can expect the Detroit Tigers to make a deep run in October.

Nick Tepesch - SP - Texas Rangers
>Nick Tepesch is coming off a strong start in which he silenced a dominant Cardinals lineup. Tepesch lasted 5.2 innings and gave up only four hits and one earned run. He struck out four Cardinals while walking two, and induced eight ground ball outs, including a double play. Tepesch has been more than the Rangers could ever ask for and continues to prove that Mizzou pitchers have what it takes to be successful in the big leagues.

Let's welcome the newest Tiger to The Show!

Kyle Gibson - SP - Minnesota Twins
We want to congratulate>Kyle Gibson on his call-up to Major League Baseball. Gibson's success in AAA - seven wins in 15 starts, a 3.01 ERA in 92.2 innings, and 79 strikeouts compared to 28 walks - has parlayed into a call-up to the bigs. Gibson will make his highly-anticipated debut at Target Field against the Kansas City Royals (team of fellow Mizzou rotation-mate>Aaron Crow). You can expect a strong debut from Gibby, which will be reminiscent of his dominance while pitching at Mizzou.

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