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American League notebook -- Monday, May 14, 2012

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Baltimore: RHP Tommy Hunter, recalled from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) to start the second game of Thursday's doubleheader, will start again Wednesday at Kansas City. LHP Dana Eveland, called up to start Friday, will move to the bullpen. ... RHP Billy Rowell will be suspended for 50 games for a second violation of minor league baseball's policy relating to a "drug of abuse." Rowell, selected ninth overall in the 2006 draft, was being converted to a pitcher in extended spring training after struggling as a third baseman and outfielder. Rowell will begin serving the suspension June 18, when short-season Aberdeen (Md.) opens its season.

Boston: Will Middlebrooks has swung a hot bat since getting called up to replace injured 3B Kevin Youkilis, but the Red Sox aren't ready to decide how they will handle Middlebrooks upon Youkilis' return. "Those things usually play themselves out, and there's no need to make a decision until it's time to make a decision," manager Bobby Valentine said. ... The Red Sox transferred CF Jacoby Ellsbury to the 60-day disabled list Sunday, but Valentine said Ellsbury hasn't experienced a setback. Ellsbury has been working on the range of motion in his separated right shoulder, and he won't be ready to return when eligible June 13, Valentine said.

Chicago: DH/1B Adam Dunn could see some action in left field during upcoming games at NL ballparks. "He's batting third in our lineup, so what he does to our lineup is pretty important," manager Robin Ventura said. Dunn played two games in right field last year. He hasn't played left field since he appeared there 62 times for the Nationals in 2009. ... LHP Chris Sale reported no tenderness in his throwing elbow after his Saturday start, and he will continue with the standard routine of a starter who pitches every five days. Sale was briefly removed from the rotation and made the closer early last week.

Cleveland: One day after allowing six runs in one inning at Boston, RH reliever Dan Wheeler was designated for assignment. He had an 8.76 ERA in 12 appearances this season. RH reliever Jeremy Accardo was recalled from Class AAA Columbus (Ohio), where he was 0-2 with four saves and a 2.76 ERA in 13 games. Accrardo went 3-3 with a 5.73 ERA in 31 games for Baltimore last year. ... CF Michael Brantley went 9-for-18 with four doubles and four RBI during the four-game series at Boston, during which the Indians went 1-3. "Michael Brantley carried the whole load. We need to get one, two or three guys hot at the same time," manager Manny Acta said.

Detroit: RHP Justin Verlander's bleeding callus on his right thumb is not expected to keep him from making his next scheduled start. Verlander was removed after seven innings of one-run ball Sunday at Oakland because of the bleeding. "It's not much of a concern," manager Jim Leyland said. "You can work miracles now with that kind of stuff." ... CF Austin Jackson's walks are up and his strikeouts are down this season. "I kind of eliminated the leg kick by bringing it down a lot. That's been giving me time to get a better look at the ball," Jackson said.

Kansas City: LHP Danny Duffy, who left his Sunday start after three batters and 13 pitches with tightness in his elbow, was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He planned to get a second opinion from orthopedist Lewis Yocum. The Royals placed Duffy on the 15-day disabled list and recalled RH reliever Nate Adcock from Omaha (Papillion, Neb.), two days after he'd been optioned to the Class AAA club. ... 3B Mike Moustakas was back in the starting lineup for the series opener at Texas. He missed the previous two games due to left hamstring tightness.

Los Angeles: OF Torii Hunter was placed on the restricted list for what the team termed personal reasons, and he left the team. NBCDFW.com reported that Hunter's son, 17-year-old Darius McClinton-Hunter, was one of five Prosper (Texas) High School students arrested on charges related to sexual assault. According to ESPNLosAngeles.com, McClinton-Hunter is a highly recruited football prospect. ... LHP C.J. Wilson was given his 2011 AL championship ring by Rangers GM Jon Daniels and manager Ron Washington before Sunday's game in Arlington, Texas. Wilson was given the option of receiving the ring in private or with an on-field ceremony. He declined the on-field ceremony.

Minnesota: IF/OF Trevor Plouffe made his fourth consecutive start at third base following the demotion of Danny Valencia. "I'd like to think we're going to give Plouffe an opportunity here to step up and see what we've got," GM Terry Ryan said. ... RHP Alex Wimmers is rehabbing what the team is calling a slight tear in his ulnar collateral ligament. Wimmers, a 2010 first-round draft pick, made just one start this season for Class AA New Britain (Conn.) before he was shut down. If all goes well, he could be pitching in games by late June, Ryan said.

New York: Manager Joe Girardi said there might be an explanation for 1B Mark Teixeira's disappointing start at the plate. "He's had a cough for a month, and he's continued to play through it. Sometimes it's really, really bad," said Girardi, who has no plans to move Teixeira out of the No. 5 spot in the batting order. ... LF Raul Ibanez, 39, finished the weekend second on the team with 21 RBI. "He's been doing it for a long time," Girardi said. "It's been incredible. It's one thing to have 20 or so RBI, but it's another to have it with the type that he's had -- how big they've been for us."

Oakland: 2B Jemile Weeks returned to the starting lineup after missing Sunday's game due to an ankle injury. Weeks was hurt Saturday night while coming out of the batter's box on a second-inning hit, and he left the game in the fourth inning. ... 1B Kila Ka'aihue was out of the lineup for the third day in a row due to a right hamstring strain. Ka'aihue incurred the injury rounding second base Friday night and was scratched from Saturday's lineup. Also sitting out Monday's start was 3B Brandon Inge, who is nursing a sore groin.

Seattle: RF Ichiro Suzuki is still hitting third, but manager Eric Wedge said that is subject to change. "Ichiro is by no means your prototypical three-hole hitter, but that's where we need him right now," Wedge said. "And when it comes to the point in time where we feel we need him somewhere else, that's when we'll do that." ... SS Brendan Ryan had been batting second, but with his production faltering, Wedge moved him down to ninth. "I know he's a lot better than what we've seen, but he has to go up there and defend himself and compete better than what he's been doing," Wedge said.

Tampa Bay: LF Desmond Jennings, who hadn't started a game since May 6 due to a sprained left knee, was placed on the disabled list shortly before game time. The move was backdated to Saturday. OF/C Stephen Vogt was recalled from Class AAA Durham (N.C.), where he had hit .214 with one homer and eight RBI in 19 games. Vogt opened the season with Tampa Bay, going 0-for-13 before getting demoted. ... 3B Sean Rodriguez was back in the lineup after missing one start due to a strained pectoral muscle. Rodriguez said he was hurt diving for balls Saturday.

Texas: 2B Ian Kinsler was out of the starting lineup for the first time this season, with manager Ron Washington wanting to give him a breather. Kinsler had sat out only two innings previously this season, at the end of an 18-3 win at Boston on April 17. ... LHP Derek Holland will move back in the rotation as the Rangers juggle things following Thursday's doubleheader. Holland, who started the second game Thursday, will not pitch again until Saturday at Houston. With RHP Scott Feldman making a spot start Monday, the Rangers are taking an opportunity to give Holland extra rest.

Toronto: 1B Adam Lind was back in the No. 4 spot in the order for the series opener against Tampa Bay. He had batted eighth in his previous four starts. Manager John Farrell said he made the switch because Lind had hit .464 (13-for-28) with three career homers and nine RBI against Rays RHP Jeff Niemann. ... LH reliever Evan Crawford, who had been optioned to Class AAA Las Vegas on May 2 after posting a 4.50 ERA in five appearances for the Blue Jays, was recalled. RH reliever Joel Carreno, who also had a 4.50 ERA in five games (one start) for Toronto, was optioned to Class AA (Manchester) New Hampshire.
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