American League notebook -- June 4, 2012

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Baltimore: CF Adam Jones underwent MRI exams on both hands and wrists, and the tests found only bruises. He could be back in the lineup Tuesday. Jones was hit by a pitch on the left wrist Wednesday, while the right wrist has been bothering him for several weeks. ... OF/IF Bill Hall cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) for the second time in 10 days. In between, Hall got in one game for the Orioles and went 0-for-2 with two strikeouts and a walk.

Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia is expected to be back in the lineup Tuesday after missing six games due to a torn right thumb muscle. He left the May 28 game after aggravating an injury he'd been playing through for weeks. ... Manager Bobby Valentine was pondering whether RHP Daniel Bard should be taken out of the rotation. Bard lasted just 1 2/3 innings and walked six Sunday, with his fastball velocity down and his control missing. Bard has walked at least four in five of his past six starts, and he's 3-4 with a 6.06 ERA since the start of May.

Chicago: LHP John Danks, out since May 20 due to soreness in the back of his left shoulder, threw a bullpen session Sunday. "It's getting to a point now where I can go out and face some hitters," Danks said. It remains uncertain when he might return to the rotation. ... LH reliever Matt Thornton set a franchise record Friday with his 425th relief appearance, but he was still hearing his name mentioned in trade rumors. "I think it's been three years now, and even this year," he said, smiling. "I guess (GM) Kenny (Williams) and (team owner) Jerry (Reinsdorf) like me."

Cleveland: The Indians, who face Tigers LHP Drew Smyly in Tuesday's series opener, are 4-12 when the opponent has started a left-handed pitcher. "We have a lot of left-handers in our lineup, and the majority of them hit better against right-handers," manager Manny Acta said. "But even when we sneak some right-handed hitters into the lineup, they aren't hitting left-handers, either." ... CF Michael Brantley is riding a 12-game hitting streak during which he is 17-for-49 (.370). It's the Indians' longest streak since OF Trevor Crowe hit in 13 consecutive games in September 2010.

Detroit: C Gerald Laird hopes to be able to return to action Tuesday after missing two games due to a tight right hamstring. He was hurt Friday, and he was walking around the clubhouse gently but with no noticeable limp over the weekend. ... CF Austin Jackson won't be ready to return to the roster Tuesday, but he reported progress with his sore abdominal muscle. Jackson has been out nearly three weeks with an injury that was deemed relatively minor when it occurred. He may have to go on a short rehab stint to get his timing back.

Kansas City: LH reliever Everett Teaford, who threw another bullpen session Monday, likely will begin a minor league rehab assignment this week, manager Ned Yost said. Teaford went on the disabled list May 19 with a lower abdominal strain, and Yost said Teaford would be stretched out so he could be used as a starter or long reliever. ... 3B Mike Moustakas was out of the starting lineup Sunday for just the second time all season when he was at full strength. He also missed three starts in mid-May due to a hamstring tightness. Moustakas played as a reserve Sunday, then started Monday.

Los Angeles: Mike Scioscia managed his 2,000th game for the Angels in the series opener against Seattle. He is the ninth man to manage 2,000 games with one team in the American League, and he is one of 16 managers in baseball history to manage 2,000 games uninterrupted with a single team. ... RH reliever LaTroy Hawkins began a rehab assignment by pitching one inning and allowing a solo homer Sunday for high-A Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Calif.). Hawkins has been out since May 6 with a fractured right pinkie finger.

Minnesota: RHP Carl Pavano, who has been struggling with a sore shoulder since mid-May, went on the disabled list due to a right anterior capsular strain. In his past five starts, Pavano went 0-3 with an 8.25 ERA. RHP Nick Blackburn was activated from the disabled list, and he'll start Wednesday's game at Kansas City. Blackburn had been out since May 17 due to a strained left quadriceps. ... C Joe Mauer didn't start the series opener against the Royals due to a sprained right thumb. He was injured in a seventh-inning at-bat Sunday and left the game. Mauer is day-to-day.

New York: OF Brett Gardner (right elbow strain) will play five innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday in Tampa. If that goes well, he will begin a two- to four-game rehab assignment before returning to the major league roster. ... RH reliever David Aardsma (Tommy John surgery in July 2011) was never expected to pitch for the Yankees this season, but manager Joe Girardi said he is doing well on his rehab. Aardsma compiled 69 saves at the Seattle closer in 2009 and 2010 before missing last season with the elbow injury.

Oakland: LH reliever Sean Doolittle -- a former first base prospect who switched to pitching more than halfway through last season -- was called up to the majors. He began this season in high-A and posted a combined 0.72 ERA in 16 appearances at three minor league levels. LH reliever Jordan Norberto went on the disabled list due to a left shoulder strain. ... 2B Jemile Weeks was back in the lineup after missing one start due to a slight left hip strain. He left Saturday's game in the seventh inning, and he appeared Sunday as a pinch hitter.

Seattle: RHP Hector Noesi has allowed three homers on 0-2 pitches in his past two starts. "When you work so hard to get ahead of big-league hitters, you've got to be able to finish them off," manager Eric Wedge said. ... LH reliever Lucas Luetge threw two shutout innings Sunday, his longest major league appearance. The Rule 5 pickup had yielded just one run (and no earned runs) through 13 1/3 major league innings.

Tampa Bay: LF Desmond Jennings is expected to come off the disabled list and start Tuesday in the series opener at Yankee Stadium. Jennings has been out since May 12 due to a sprained left knee, and he played one rehab game with high-A Charlotte (Port Charlotte, Fla.), then three with Class AAA Durham (N.C.). ... 2B Ben Zobrist snapped a streak of 59 at-bats without an extra-base hit when he hit a sixth-inning double Sunday. It was the longest such streak of his career.

Texas: RH closer Joe Nathan finished off his first "relief shutout" of the season Sunday with a scoreless ninth inning in the Rangers' 7-3 win over the Angels. Nathan had pitched nine shutout innings over his past nine outings, allowing four hits and no walks while striking out 12. ... SS Elvis Andrus reached base four times in six plate appearances Sunday and made two sparkling defensive plays. "I was able to get it back on track, to separate the offense from the defense," he said. "By doing that, I was able to focus on every pitch every inning."

Toronto: RHP Brandon Morrow came through a Sunday bullpen session with no problems, and he is listed as the probable pitcher for Wednesday in Chicago against the White Sox. He took a drive off the right shin during last Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Orioles in the seventh inning, and he came out of the game. ... RHP Henderson Alvarez is on track to pitch Thursday against the White Sox, according to manager John Farrell. Alvarez was drilled on the left shin by a fifth-inning comebacker Friday, but he remained in to pitch 6 1/3 innings.
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