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American League notebook -- April 29, 2012

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Baltimore: Mark Reynolds started at first base for the first time this season. He had committed three errors through 10 games at third base. Reynolds spent much of the second half of the 2011 season at first base, but Chris Davis has been playing there regularly this year. ... Davis became the first Oriole since June 2011 to hit a homer onto Eutaw Street beyond right field at Camden Yards when he belted a seventh-inning solo homer Saturday. Davis' shot was the 59th to land near the B&O Warehouse and the 25th by an Oriole.

Boston: 3B Kevin Youkilis was a late scratch due to tightness in his lower left back, replaced in the starting lineup by Nick Punto. Manager Bobby Valentine said Youkilis should be ready to return to action Monday. ... If the Red Sox don't call up RHP Aaron Cook by Tuesday, the veteran sinkerballer can trigger an opt-out clause in his minor league contract Cook is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA through five starts for Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). His salary would rise to $1.5 million if the Red Sox call him up to the majors.

Chicago: LH reliever Matt Thornton pitched the final 1 1/3 innings to earn his first save of the season. Thornton was the closer at the start of last season, but he lost the job after blowing his first four save chances. ... 1B Adam Dunn hit his fifth homer of the season, nearly halfway to his 2011 season total of 11. He also walked twice, raising his on-base percentage to .368. Last year, Dunn had a .292 on-base percentage.

Cleveland: RF Shin-Soo Choo, who has missed the past five games due to a strained right hamstring, went through some drills Sunday. Manager Manny Acta said depending on how Choo feels on Monday's off day, Choo could be in the starting lineup Tuesday in Chicago. ... In RHP Jeanmar Gomez's four appearances (three starts) this year, batters are hitting .161 against him. He took the loss Saturday against the Angels despite allowing just two runs in six innings.

Detroit: LF Delmon Young, placed on baseball's restricted list Saturday following his arrest outside the team hotel Friday, will undergo doctors' evaluations under Major League Baseball procedures and could return to the active roster shortly thereafter. Independent doctors will evaluate Young and report back to commissioner Bud Selig's office and to the players association's doctors, as per the new basic agreement. "If he is cleared to play, then he will be playing," GM Dave Dombrowski said during a dugout media briefing Saturday. "This is a new rule. This is an automatic provision with alcohol." Young, 26, was arrested and charged with aggravated harassment. According to police, Young was intoxicated at the time of the incident. ... IF Danny Worth was called up from Class AAA Toledo (Ohio) when Young went on the restricted list, and he went 0-for-2 Sunday in his first big-league game since April 10. He hit .309 with three homers and six RBI in 13 games for Toledo after his demotion. ... RHP Doug Fister (strained side muscle) is scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday for Toledo. He could rejoin the Tigers next week.

Kansas City: LHP Jonathan Sanchez was battling the flu, so the Royals pushed his start back from Monday to Tuesday. RHP Luke Hochevar will take his place in the opener at Detroit. ... RHP Nate Adcock was recalled from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.), where he was 3-1 with 1.37 ERA in four starts. He saw duty in long relief when LHP Bruce Chen got knocked out in the third inning Sunday. Adcock limited the Twins to one run in 5 1/3 innings. LHP Everett Teaford was optioned to Omaha after allowing four runs in five innings during a Friday start at Minnesota.

Los Angeles: 1B Albert Pujols' worst April continued with another hitless and homerless game. Pujols has just three hits in his past 34 at-bats, dropping his average to .216. He doesn't have an RBI in his past 13 games (and only four for the season) and is still looking for his first home run as an Angel. ... RF Torii Hunter lost a flyball in the sun in the fifth inning, and he was charged with a two-base error, allowing two runs to score. It was his first error since Sept. 2, 2011, against the Twins, a stretch of 42 errorless games with 75 chances. It was just his 36th career error, the fewest errors by any outfielder in major league history with at least 4,500 chances.

Minnesota: C Joe Mauer, who was sidelined for 80 games last season, is one of three Twins to play all 21 games this season. "We're not rehabbing injuries now. We're just maintenance -- you go get some treatment for a little soreness," manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... Struggling RHP Carl Pavano (1-2, 4.91 ERA) will get two extra days of rest this week because of Thursday's off day in Seattle and a rainout Saturday. His next start will be Friday at Seattle. ... LF Josh Willingham played his first game Sunday since returning from paternity leave. OF Ben Revere was optioned back to Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.).

New York: RHP Freddy Garcia (0-2, 12.51 ERA) was demoted to the bullpen after giving up six runs in 1 2/3 innings Saturday. RH reliever David Phelps (3.57, who has shined as the long man in the bullpen, is the likely candidate to replace Garcia in the rotation, at least until LHP Andy Pettitte is ready to reclaim that spot. Phelps, 25, has posted a 3.57 ERA in 17 2/3 innings over six relief appearances this season. ... Pettitte will make his next minor league start Monday for high-A Tampa in Dunedin, Fla., rather than for Class AA Trenton (N.J.) in Portland, Maine, as previously announced, because of weather concerns.

Oakland: The A's are set to sign 3B Brandon Inge, according to the San Francisco Chronicle and San Jose Mercury News. Inge was released by the Tigers last week after starting the season 2-for-20. With Scott Sizemore out for the year following knee surgery, the A's have tried Josh Donaldson (.094 before being demoted to the minors), Eric Sogard (.152) and Luke Hughes (.130) at the position. ... 2B Jemile Weeks, who is batting .193, got his first day off of the season. The lowest Weeks hit in any month last year was his .288 mark in August.

Seattle: LH reliever George Sherrill has been scheduled for left elbow surgery in early May. He went on the 15-day disabled list April 13 due to a sprained flexor bundle. ... SS Brendan Ryan (0-for-18) and 1B Justin Smoak (2-for-16) were both out of the lineup for the series finale at Toronto. Manager Eric Wedge said they needed "a mental day off" with the Mariners in the sixth game of 16 in a row without an off day.

Tampa Bay: RHP James Shields (4-0, 3.31 ERA) matched the franchise record shared by RHP Matt Garza (2010) and RHP Andy Sonnanstine (2008) for most wins in the month of April. He pitched six innings of four-run ball Friday for the win at Texas... Class AAA Durham (N.C.) C Nevin Ashley, who may have been next in line had the Rays needed more catching help in the majors, sustained a broken right hand Friday. Ashley, 27, was hitting .283 with a .389 on-base percentage through 15 games.

Texas: RHP Yu Darvish bids to become the second Japanese-born pitcher to start his major league career 4-0 when he pitches the opener of the Rangers' 10-game road trip Monday at Toronto. Kaz Ishii won his first six starts for the Dodgers in 2002. Since allowing five earned runs in his first two innings of the season, he's held opponents to a pair of earned runs in 24 innings (0.75 ERA). ... Elvis Andrus extended his streak of games without an error to 53 on Saturday, giving him the most consecutive error-free games by a Rangers starting shortstop. Alex Rodriguez had a 52-game streak in 2002. The overall team record is 60, set by backup Wayne Tolleson from 1983-85.

Toronto: 3B Brett Lawrie extended his hitting streak to nine games Sunday. During the streak, he has batted 314 (11-for-35). ... DH Edwin Encarnacion hit his fourth career grand slam Saturday, then had a solo shot Sunday. Manager John Farrell said Encarnacion changed his swing during the offseason so he no longer releases the top hand. "It goes to a two-handed swing," Farrell said. "This is a much more compact swing."
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