• Jake Thompson, the Tigers' top pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft, allowed three runs on nine hits over 5 2/3 innings Friday night in his debut for Class A West Michigan at Fort Wayne. Four of the nine hits off Thompson went for extra bases, including a home run to the second batter Thompson faced. The 19-year-old walked one and struck out four.
• Avisail Garcia said he thought he had a good read on Markakis' home run leading off the ninth inning Friday night, but he did not believe the ball hit his glove. Replays suggested the ball was just out of his reach as it landed off the padding in right field.
• Leyland had ample praise for Davis, who leads the American League in home runs while ranking second to Cabrera in the other Triple Crown categories. "He's made some adjustments at the plate," Leyland said. "He's handled some pitches he didn't handle probably earlier in his career. And he's got a real loud sound when he hits it. He's really a good-looking hitter. He's a force standing in there. I mean, that's a man standing in there."
• Leyland met with Major League Baseball officials Saturday morning at Camden Yards for a planning session on his duties leading up to next month's All-Star Game. Leyland will manage the AL team as the manager of the reigning league champions, and he'll have to make some final roster decisions following the voting results for the starting lineup, key reserves and pitchers.
• Major League Baseball announced a scoring change earlier this week from Monday's Tigers-Pirates game at Comerica Park. Russell Martin's eighth-inning ground ball against Joaquin Benoit, originally ruled an error on first baseman Prince Fielder, has been changed to a single.