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RHP Bruce Rondon gave up two runs in his one inning Wednesday night but manager Jim Leyland does not see that entirely as a negative. "I'm happy with him," Leyland said. "I brought him in right after the game and explained a couple of things about the major leagues to him. He's fine." Rondon threw an 0-2 changeup that Chicago 2B Gordon Beckham hit into the left-field seats for a solo home run in the seventh. "He was trying to (get it down more) but didn't quite get it there," Leyland said. What Rondon needed to do was bury it in the dirt, like he did on the pitch before. Rondon also gave up an RBI double on a fastball that caught too much of the plate.

3B Miguel Cabrera isn't going to subject his sore back to the stress of the Home Run Derby the day before the All-Star Game, but he will play more than the minimum three innings in the game. "Why would you play them three innings and the substitutes six?" manager Jim Leyland said. "Does that make sense? I'm going to play him. I'm not going to play him nine innings, but I'm going to play him. I'm going to play him more than three innings, I can tell you that right now." Cabrera has 93 RBI after driving in one run Wednesday night. Leyland isn't concerned about the come-and-go soreness. "I think it will get better even though he's playing," Leyland said. "I think the All-Star break will do him some good. I don't think he'll be going through this all year long, if that's what you mean."

DH Victor Martinez has a simple explanation for his 12-game hitting streak. "I'm finally finding some holes," said Martinez, who is hitting .413 during the dozen games. "We're starting to see the Victor Martinez we all know and love," manager Jim Leyland said. "Base hit to right, base hit to left. His approach right now is terrific. He's back to where he was two years ago." Martinez missed last season recuperating from knee surgery.

SS Jhonny Peralta may or may not be one of the players Major League Baseball is rumored to be suspending after the All-Star break, but manager Jim Leyland is not divulging whether Detroit has contingency plans. Peralta's name was found in the records of Tony Bosch and the now-defunct Biogenesis Clinic. Peralta has declined to comment after initially issuing a statement denying that he had ever used PEDs. "I'm aware of what you're aware of," Leyland said. "I don't know anything about that. I'm not getting into that. That's not for managers to discuss, in my opinion. I'm not going to discuss that. That's a lot higher up than me."

RHP Anibal Sanchez returned from the disabled list July 6 to throw 73 pitches over five innings, receiving credit for Detroit's 9-4 victory at Cleveland. He missed three starts with right shoulder fatigue. Thursday's start against Chicago marks the first time Sanchez has pitched against the White Sox. He did not face them after coming over to Detroit from Miami last July.

RHP Rick Porcello might drop the appeal of his six-game suspension on Thursday because doing so would mean he wouldn't actually miss a start. Porcello wouldn't address the subject, but it was learned he was giving serious consideration to serving the suspension immediately. Detroit has four games left before the All-Star break and Porcello wouldn't be scheduled to start either of the first two games following the break, so dropping the appeal would effectively nullify the intent of the suspension, which was to cause him to miss a start. Porcello was suspended for hitting Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist with a pitch the day after 3B Miguel Cabrera saw a pitch by Fernando Rodney buzz near his head.

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