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American League notebook -- Monday, June 25, 2012

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Baltimore: 3B Miguel Tejada requested and was granted his release after playing in 36 games at Class AAA Norfolk (Va.). Tejada, who hit .259 with five doubles, no homers and 18 RBI, did not have an opt-out clause in his contract. His departure follows that of LHP Jamie Moyer, who exercised his opt-out clause to leave Norfolk last weekend. ... LH reliever Dana Eveland traveled to California on Sunday to be with his wife for the birth of the couple's second child. He will be placed on paternity leave Tuesday, and the Orioles might activate RH reliever Matt Lindstrom (torn ligament in right middle finger) from the disabled list to fill the roster vacancy.

Boston: RHP Josh Beckett experienced no difficulties in a bullpen session, manager Bobby Valentine said. Beckett, sidelined since June 12 due to right shoulder inflammation, might be able to rejoin the rotation as soon as Friday in Seattle, according to Valentine. ... RHP Clay Buchholz was still hospitalized Monday due to intestinal bleeding. "He was hoping to get out today," Valentine said. "It was decided to keep him a little longer, not because anything got worse, just because they want to make sure that everything is as stable as possible before he's out."

Chicago: IF Orlando Hudson will stick with the White Sox for the time being, even in the wake of 3B Kevin Youkilis' arrival. Hudson had manned third base for the past month despite never having played the position in his major league career, but he hit .170 in 28 games through the weekend. GM Ken Williams said that he likes having Hudson's leadership in the mix. ... Pitching coach Don Cooper said that the Sox could revisit moving the rotation around next week, with the team off Monday. The club has been trying to get extra days off for RHP Jake Peavy and LHP Chris Sale when possible.

Cleveland: RHP Jeanmar Gomez was demoted to Class AAA Columbus (Ohio), and the Indians will fill his rotation spot with RHP Zach McAllister, who will be promoted to start Thursday, manager Manny Acta said. Gomez was 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) this season. McAllister, 1-1 with a 3.96 ERA in four major league starts earlier this season, was 5-2 with a 2.98 ERA in 11 starts for Columbus. ... LH reliever Scott Barnes was called up from Class AAA to fill Gomez's roster spot. He allowed five runs in 4 1/3 innings over four appearances for Cleveland from May 30-June 14.

Detroit: RHP Justin Verlander, who won his third consecutive start Sunday, would be available to pitch in the All-Star Game this year if he continues to pitch on his regular day. Last year, Verlander started on the Sunday prior to the All-Star Game and thus was prohibited from pitching for the AL team. ... RHP Jacob Turner will be optioned to Class AAA Toledo (Ohio) on Tuesday to clear a roster spot for the return of LHP Drew Smyly, who was on the disabled list the minimum 15 days due to a blood blister on his left middle finger. Turner allowed one run in five innings during his lone start.

Kansas City: OF Lorenzo Cain homered Monday in his seventh rehab game for Class AA Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, Ark.). Cain, the Royals' opening-day center fielder, appeared in only five games for Kansas City before going on the disabled list due to a torn hip flexor. He is 5-for-24 (.208) on his rehab assignment. ... RH reliever Roman Colon, who was designated for assignment Saturday, cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.). In three relief appearances for Kansas City, Colon had a 6.75 ERA.

Los Angeles: Peter Bourjos lost his job as the everyday center fielder when Mike Trout was promoted from the minors in late April. Bourjos has started just 17 of 51 games since Trout's arrival, but the Angels are undefeated in the past 11 games in which he has played, and Bourjos has hits in 10 of the past 12 games in which he's had at least one at-bat. ... 1B Albert Pujols drew the 1,000th walk of his career Sunday, making him the 115th player to reach that level. He ranks 12th among active players in walks.

Minnesota: RH closer Matt Capps went on the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation. The shoulder had sidelined him for a week before he pitched an inning Saturday and felt renewed discomfort Sunday. LH reliever Tyler Robertson was recalled from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.), where he was 2-2 with two saves and a 3.77 ERA in 33 appearances. ... RHP P.J. Walters (right shoulder inflammation) will be sent on a rehab assignment before pitching again in the majors, manager Ron Gardenhire said. That means the Twins will need to call up a starting pitcher for Saturday's doubleheader against the Royals.

New York: Alex Rodriguez was out of the lineup, with Eric Chavez playing third base, and Curtis Granderson shifted to designated hitter, with Dewayne Wise playing center field. Manager Joe Girardi said he would try to get some DH days and days off for many of his veterans over a stretch of 13 games in 13 days that runs through July 4. ... C Russell Martin was out of the lineup due to a stiff back for the second consecutive day, but Girardi said Martin was "definitely better." Girardi said he expects Martin to be ready to start Tuesday or Wednesday.

Oakland: With RHPs Bartolo Colon and RHP Brandon McCarthy landing on the disabled list last weekend, RHP Tyson Ross is now the most experienced member of the rotation with 19 career starts. Ross was just recalled from Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.) on Saturday. ... The A's have a 13-man pitching staff with the arrival of RH reliever Evan Scribner on Sunday. Manager Bob Melvin said the team would like to ensure that two rookies, LH reliever Sean Doolittle and RH reliever Ryan Cook, are not overused.

Seattle: 3B Kyle Seager was back in the lineup after sitting out a start Sunday for just the third time in the past 53 games. Seager went 1-for-10 in the weekend series at San Diego, leaving him hitting .212 (11-for-52) over his past 14 games. ... RF Ichiro Suzuki hit .324 (24-for-74) in interleague play this year, far better than his average against AL teams. For his career, he's a .332 hitter (302-for-911) against NL teams.

Tampa Bay: DH Luke Scott went 2-for-3 with two homers and a sacrifice fly Monday in his first rehab game for Class AAA Durham (N.C.). Scott has been out since June 9 with a sore back, and he'll be re-evaluated after playing for Durham on Tuesday. .... RH reliever Kyle Farnsworth (right elbow strain) is scheduled to make back-to-back rehab appearances this week with for high-A Charlotte (Port Charlotte, Fla.). There is a chance he could be activated for his major league season debut later this week.

Texas: LHP Matt Harrison left his Sunday start against Colorado after five scoreless innings and 74 pitches due to a slightly stiff back. Manager Ron Washington said Harrison would definitely make his next scheduled start, Friday against Oakland. ... RH closer Joe Nathan allowed two runs in a non-save situation in the ninth Sunday, ending his run of 16 consecutive scoreless innings. Nathan also walked a batter for the first time since May 10. It was only his third walk of the season.

Toronto: LHP Brett Cecil, 1-0 with a 2.45 ERA through two starts with the Blue Jays, has had to alter his pitching style. "Last year, I was trying to make adjustments to combat (a lack of) velocity," Cecil said. "Now I'm trying to make adjustments to combat the location. I'm not trying to throw harder because it just makes things worse." ... OF Ben Francisco, who had been sidelined more than a month due to a hamstring injury, started as the designated hitter Monday in his first game off the disabled list. Despite the return of 1B Adam Lind from the minors, Edwin Encarnacion remained at first base, where he had been playing during interleague road games.
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