DETROIT -- Tigers starter Rick Porcello, who won his sixth game Wednesday night, dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension Thursday, as expected.
Major League Baseball originally suspended Porcello six games for hitting Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist with a pitch in the first inning June 30.
Porcello, who said he thought the suspension might have been reduced to five games, was surprised when he was suspended.
"I disagree with the suspension, I'll leave it at that," Porcello said.
Because of the All-Star break and the fact that he pitched Wednesday, Porcello will not have to miss a start.
He'll miss the remaining four games before the break and one after.
"It'll be weird not being out there," Porcello said. "It'll be a long suspension because of the break in there. Gotta make sure that I mentally stay focused as much as I can."
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