Cespedes, who has made a dynasty out of the All-Star Home Run Derby, fell short of the left-field fence on Tuesday, but his fourth-inning line drive landed over Brennan Boesch's head for a two-out double that became the catalyst for the Tigers' go-ahead rally. He scored on Todd Frazier's errant throw on Martinez's ensuing infield single.
Two innings later, Cabrera provided the hit that broke the game open. His double into the left-field corner scored Anthony Gose and Ian Kinsler following their back-to-back walks.
Cespedes added an RBI single in the seventh.
Both are hitting up a storm just as All-Star voting ramps up. Cabrera improved to 17-for-44 for June with 13 RBIs in 12 games. Cespedes, currently sixth among AL outfielders, extended his hitting streak to nine games and recorded his 25th multihit game of the season, tied for second in the AL. He's batting 19-for-44 this month, all in the cleanup spot to keep the Tigers lineup churning in place of injured Victor Martinez.
The fact that neither is line for an All-Star starting spot, nor are any Tigers, has become an increasingly hot topic around Detroit's clubhouse. Players have been frustrated by the results, but they've been pleading the case for Cabrera and others.
On Friday, Tigers players took the field for batting practice wearing Vote Miggy T-shirts. On Monday, the Tigers sent out an email message from David Price to fans, asking them to vote for Cabrera and the rest of the Tigers on the ballot.
"I know there's still a ways to go," Justin Verlander said earlier Monday. "I hope our fans step up and I hope [other] fans step up. Whoever's deserving needs to go and be starting. That's the bottom line."
Cabrera, without question, deserves to start, as far as the Tigers' clubhouse is concerned.
"I hate to keep picking on Hosmer and Miguel, but that's my teammate," Verlander said. "That's the closest to my heart. There are other arguments to be had."
Said J.D. Martinez: "I don't think it's right. I think there's a lot of guys that deserve to make the team. Look at Cespy, the way he's hit and the way he's performed."
Which is not to say Martinez or other Tigers have anything against Hosmer or other Royals.
"I know Eric is having a great year, and he's one of my really good friends," Martinez said. "In the offseason, we both live in South Florida. But I think it's well-known Miggy is probably one of the, or the, best player in baseball."
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.