DETROIT -- Jhonny Peralta turned while rounding third base and the noise of the fans at Comerica Park was deafening. Seconds earlier, the Detroit Tigers shortstops two-run homer off Andrew Bailey had turned defeat into a 4-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Now he was headed home and the first player waiting in front of the circle of joy at the plate was Miguel Cabrera. Peralta could not stop smiling.
Its a good feeling, he said Thursday night in the clubhouse. To see everyone at home plateHitting a home run there that is the best you can feel.
Peralta began the night with the third-highest batting average in the American League. Hes hitting .329, and has more doubles (21) and a higher on-base percentage (.385) and slugging percentage (.496) than any AL shortstop. Shoot, his slugging percentage is higher than Detroit cleanup hitter Prince Fielders.
And yet Peralta is third in All-Star Game voting at his position.
He flies under the radar quite a bit here and probably nationall...