• Though the Tigers spent the Fourth of July in Canada, they still donned special Stars and Stripes caps to honor the holiday. The caps from New Era are part of MLB's ongoing efforts to raise money and awareness for Welcome Back Veterans, which addresses the needs of returning veterans and their families.
• Rick Porcello said there was no indication that his appeal of his six-game suspension would be wrapped up ahead of his scheduled start Friday in Cleveland. Thus, Porcello should be fine for the start, his first since he hit Ben Zobrist in the shoulder with a first-inning pitch Sunday at Tampa Bay and drew the suspension.
• Leyland and his former third-base coach, Gene Lamont, were able to share a chuckle in the dugout Wednesday after Tom Brookens hit the turf to get out of the way of a foul ball. "That's why Gene's on the bench," Leyland said of his former third-base coach. "Gene might still be laying there."
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