Detroit Tigers: Ryan demoted, Final All-Star vote, Benefits of selling


The Detroit Tigers continued to play musical chairs with its pitching staff before Wednesday’s game.

Detroit demoted Tuesday’s starter Kyle Ryan and recalled right-hander Buck Farmer. Ryan struggled again on Tuesday, allowing five runs on six hits in 2 2/3 innings. Ryan tossed up two homers, including a grand slam to former Tigers center fielder Austin Jackson.

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Is there anyone not tired of voting for their favorite baseball players to make the All-Star team? Well, there is still one vote to go, which is for the final roster spot in each league.

Major League Baseball released the current standing for that final vote, and Yoenis Cespedes is third, behind Mike Moustakas and Brian Dozier. Surprise, surprise, the Royals third baseman is leading.

The buy-or-sell conversation is not only heating up around MCB but among Tigers writers around the web. Tony Paul of The Detroit News discussed the benefits of Detroit being sellers at the deadline in his Wednesday afternoon column.

Tigers demote Kyle Ryan, call up Buck Farmer as reliever – Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press

"“We want him to get down there and get some work done,” Ausmus said. “Get his sinkers and cutters down in the zone, more downhill so the movement is also down and get his groundballs back up. His sinker got a little bit flat.”Ryan hasn’t recorded an out in the fifth inning in his past three starts.In eight games this season, the lefty has a 5.64 ERA.He was scheduled to start the first half finale on Sunday at Minnesota but that starter is to be determined, Ausmus said, and Farmer will be ready out of the bullpen today."

Detroit Tigers outfielder Yoenis Cespedes stands third in AL Final Vote balloting – Chris Iott,

"Major League Baseball did not release vote totals for anyone but the leading vote getters in both leagues, but there is some information that can be gleaned from that information. Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto leads the National League vote with 4.7 million votes. Moustakas leads the AL vote with 7.5 million.An MLB release referred to “an extremely tight NL race” and said Moustakas is “followed closely” by Dozier and Cespedes. But Royals fans voted en masse this season for their team’s players. It’s quite possible that Moustakas has a big lead right now."

Tigers must consider benefits of being sellers at deadline – Tony Paul, The Detroit News

"Soon, though, very soon, the Tigers, owners of four consecutive division titles, will arrive at a crossroads — having to decide if they’ll try in earnest to make it five straight, no matter the long odds, or if they’ll actually be sellers at the July 31 trade deadline.There are arguments on both sides: They can make a strong case for buying, as the AL is so wide open this year; all 15 teams were within seven games of a playoff spot after Monday’s games. But if the Tigers sell, they have the assets to restock their depleted farm system in such a hurry, it would surprise nobody if they’re in position for a World Series run as early as next summer.This decision doesn’t need to be made today, but time is running out. Through Monday, the Tigers were 42-40, 5.5 games back of the Royals in the division and 1.5 games back of the league’s second wild-card spot."

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