I can only assume that Neifi's banned stimulant suspension disqualified him from consideration.
Magglio Ordonez's is Jayson Stark's choice for AL MVP of the Half-Year.
Fernando Rodney was scheduled for a throwing session today, but that's been cancelled because of a sore shoulder he's been feeling since playing catch on Thursday. Rodney now won't throw again until after the All-Star break.
If you haven't read this already, Cameron Maybin will be out for two weeks, due to a shoulder injury. The injury was termed a "subluxation," which is "a partial or incomplete dislocation." (I put that there mostly because I didn't know what a subluxation was.) Maybin will miss the Futures All-Star Game, as a result. (via The Detroit Tigers Weblog)
The Boston Globe's "Extra Bases" blog has kind of a funny post about the Red Sox's decision to stay in a hotel farther away from Detroit.
With Julian Tavarez having lost his last three games, some teammates think he might be tipping his pitches.