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American League notebook -- Monday, April 23, 2012

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Baltimore: LHP Zach Britton threw off a mound for the first time after long-tossing in recent days, MASNsports.com reported. Britton, who is recovering from left shoulder discomfort, remains at the club's extended spring training complex in Sarasota, Fla. There is no timetable for his return to game action. ... LHP Dontrelle Willis was placed on the minor league restricted list following a dispute about whether he should be a starter or a reliever for Class AAA Norfolk (Va.). He was 0-2 with a 4.91 ERA in three relief appearances for Norfolk this season. Willis, 30, left the Norfolk team without permission, executive vice president Dan Duquette told CBSsports.com.

Boston: CF Jason Repko, who slightly separated his left shoulder while making a catch Friday, was placed on the 15-day disabled list. The Red Sox called up 1B Lars Anderson, who was hitting .255 with one homer and eight RBI through 15 games for Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). Anderson, 24, went 0-for-5 in six games with Boston last year. ... RHP Daniel Bard, whose scheduled start was rained out Sunday, will be available in the bullpen for a few days, according to manager Bobby Valentine. However, the team remains committed to using the former reliever as a starter this season.

Chicago: LHP Chris Sale's longest of three starts this season is 6 2/3 innings, and he's made at least 100 pitches in each outing. Hoping to help his command, the White Sox moved his bullpen session back a day to Monday. Most starters throw their bullpen session two days after their last start, but some, like LHP John Danks, throw on the third day. Sale will now try that routine. ... LH closer Hector Santiago is still searching for his screwball, so the team's video coordinator dig up video of former left-handed screwballers like Fernando Valenzuela and Willie Hernandez. Santiago converted four of his first five save chances, but the White Sox believe he'll be tougher if he rediscovers the screwball.

Cleveland: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was activated off the bereavement list after missing six games. He had returned to his home in Venezuela following the death of his grandfather, and the Indians went 4-2 in his absence. LH reliever Nick Hagadone was optioned to Class AAA Columbus (Ohio) after allowing one run in 3 1/3 innings. ... Since winning on opening day, RHP Justin Masterson has gone 0-2 with a 9.88 ERA in his past three starts. He has walked 11 in 13 2/3 innings in those three outings. "It's nothing crazy," he said. "Not like I'm way out of the zone. I'm just missing."

Detroit: 3B Miguel Cabrera went back to play first base Sunday -- for an inning. With Prince Fielder serving as Detroit's designated hitter, UT Don Kelly was at first. Manager Jim Leyland pinch-hit IF Brandon Inge for Kelly in the 10th inning and sent him to play third base for the 11th, with Cabrera taking over at first. ... RH reliever Octavio Dotel pitched in the 700th and 701st games of his major league career Saturday and Sunday. He is the 93rd pitcher to work that many games. Dotel has appeared for more teams, 13, than any other player in history. "I never thought that I'd be playing that long," he said.

Kansas City: 2B Chris Getz became the Royals' fourth different leadoff hitter in the four-games series against the Blue Jays as manager Ned Yost continues to tinker with the lineup. He had LF Alex Gordon batting first Friday, 2B Yuniesky Betancourt on Saturday and CF Jason Bourgeois on Sunday. Getz became the fifth leadoff hitter used in the team's first 16 games. CF Jarrod Dyson hit in the No. 1 slot for two games before being optioned to the minors. ... LHP Danny Duffy lost his fifth consecutive home start Sunday. In his two-year career, he is 1-8 with a 5.55 ERA in 11 starts at Kauffman Stadium.

Los Angeles: Mark Trumbo has started a season-high four consecutive games -- at four different positions. Trumbo was the designated hitter Thursday, started in left field for the first time in his career Friday, played third base Saturday and started at first base Sunday. He went 4-for-14 with three RBI in the four games. ... Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City) OF Mike Trout left Sunday's game after being hit in the elbow by a pitch. The injury was not considered serious. Trout was batting .400 (28-for-70) this season, and he had hit safely in 17 of 18 games.

Minnesota: LHP Francisco Liriano will have his next turn in the rotation skipped, manager Ron Gardenhire said. Because of a day off Thursday, the other starters will remain on turn, pitching on regular rest. Liriano is 0-3 with an 11.02 ERA through four starts. ... IF Tsuyoshi Nishioka, trying to work his way back to the majors at Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.), has been slowed by a high right ankle sprain. Nishioka, who started 65 games for Minnesota last year, was hitting .203 with a .299 on-base percentage and a .237 slugging percentage through 16 games for Rochester.

New York: RH reliever Joba Chamberlain (dislocated right ankle) is scheduled to be examined by the team physician Thursday, then visit Yankee Stadium on Friday. Chamberlain expects to be out of his walking boot in about two weeks. He has been working out at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, playing catch with his right knee on a stool. ... Despite going 0-1 with a 9.75 ERA through his first three starts, RHP Freddy Garcia will maintain his spot in the rotation. However, manager Joe Girardi said Garcia's next scheduled start might be pushed back a day from Saturday to Sunday. LHP CC Sabathia could pitch Saturday on the regular four days of rest.

Oakland: 3B Josh Donaldson was optioned to Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.) to make room for IF Luke Hughes, claimed off waivers from Minnesota the previous day. Donaldson, who moved from catcher to third base during the spring after Scott Sizemore's season-ending knee injury, was batting .094 (3-for-32) with one RBI. ... RHP Jarrod Parker will make his A's debut Wednesday, when he will be called up to start against the White Sox. He is 1-0 with a 2.18 ERA for Sacramento, having struck out 21 in 20 2/3 innings. Parker, 23, was acquired in December in a five-player deal that sent RHP Trevor Cahill to Arizona.

Seattle: Even though the Mariners were swept in the weekend series by the White Sox, and Chicago RHP Philip Humber threw a perfect game Saturday, manager Eric Wedge hadn't lost faith in his club. "We're going to be a championship team here," Wedge said. "I know a lot of people doubt that. That's their right." ... RF Ichiro Suzuki leads the team with nine RBI, as befits the No. 3 hitter in the lineup. As the leadoff hitter, which he was before this season, he'd never been the RBI leader and never had more than 69 in a season. At his current pace, he'd get 86.

Tampa Bay: DH Hideki Matsui, 37, is expected to sign a minor league deal with the Rays, according to multiple media reports. Matsui has not played this season, so he likely would report first to extended spring training in Port Charlotte, Fla., then to Class AAA Durham (N.C.), where he would provide insurance if DH Luke Scott were to sustain an injury. The YES Network first reported the news. ... Former NBA center Matt Geiger told Tampa radio station 620-AM he did not mean to interfere with a ball in play during Sunday's game and knock it from 1B Carlos Pena's reach. Geiger said he lost track of how close to the field he was as he tried to get a ball for his son. "I'm hearing the boos. I'm the idiot," Geiger said.

Texas: 3B Adrian Beltre was diagnosed with mild inflammation near his left hamstring, and the Rangers held him out of the starting lineup for the third game in a row. Beltre, who took batting practice, is day-to-day. ... RH reliever Justin Miller, who will miss the entire season due to Tommy John surgery, was released by the Rangers. The move cleared a spot on the 40-man roster, but Miller could be re-signed to a minor league deal. Miller, 24, went 9-1 with 13 saves and a 1.81 ERA in 48 appearances for Class AA Frisco (Texas) last year.

Toronto: Left-handers were 0-for-17 with 10 strikeouts and three walks against LH reliever Luis Perez through the weekend. "He's been outstanding," manager John Farrell said. "There's a lot of confidence to bring him in to face any situation, regardless of who's on base or what the score is or what the inning is." ... DH Edwin Encarnacion batted fourth against Kansas City LHP Bruce Chen, with left-handed-hitting 1B Adam Lind batting seventh. In five previous games as the cleanup hitter this season, Encarnacion batted .300 (6-for-20) with a .364 on-base percentage, two doubles, one home run and three RBI.
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