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American League notebook -- Sunday, June 10, 2012

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Baltimore: 2B Brian Roberts (concussion) is expected to be activated Tuesday, a day after his 20-day rehab assignment expires. Roberts hasn't played for the Orioles in 13 months. He went 0-for-4 Sunday for Class AAA Norfolk (Va.), and is 10-for-42 (.238) during his rehab. ... RHP Jake Arrieta (0-6, 9.34 in his last seven starts) said he felt relieved by being demoted to the bullpen. The opening-day pitcher said he still views himself as a starter but thinks the move will help him regain his confidence.

Boston: LH reliever Rich Hill (left elbow tightness) was placed on the disabled list and will see Dr. James Andrews, who performed his Tommy John surgery last June. "He just doesn't feel good throwing his curveball," manager Bobby Valentine said. RH reliever Mark Melancon was recalled from Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.), where he had a 0.83 ERA with 11 saves. ... RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka started Saturday in the majors for the first time since having Tommy John surgery a year earlier. He struck out eight and walked one, but he took the loss by allowing four runs in five innings vs. Washington.

Chicago: 3B Brent Morel (back strain) was pulled from his rehab assignment with Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.), and he will see a back specialist, manager Robin Ventura said. Morel had been 8-for-30 (.267) with no RBI in eight rehab games. ... LHP John Danks (sore shoulder) is headed for a rehab assignment after feeling no discomfort during a throwing session. He will start for Charlotte on Tuesday, and it's possible he might make another minor league start before rejoining the White Sox.

Cleveland: OF Michael Brantley extended his hitting streak to 18 games, the longest by an Indian since he had a 19-game streak in 2010. He is hitting .368 (25-for-68) with one homer and 15 RBI during the streak. ... C Carlos Santana has struggled at the plate since missing just over a week while on the seven-day concussion disabled list. He is hitting .087 (2-for-23) in his past six games.

Detroit: Manager Jim Leyland said he won't push RHP Justin Verlander's next start back as he normally does when a day off like Monday pops up in the schedule. He will start Verlander on Thursday. ... RHP Doug Fister, who had a bullpen session Saturday, might come off the disabled list to pitch Wednesday. "We're going to wait and see on Fister," Leyland said. "He had a great session. He was a little stiff afterwards, but a great session." Fister has been out since May 29 due to a left side strain.

Kansas City: RHP Felipe Paulino (strained right groin) was placed on the disabled list retroactive to June 7. He was injured in the first inning Wednesday against the Twins. It is the second time this season Paulino has been on the DL. ... RH reliever Nate Adcock was recalled from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.), and he pitched two scoreless innings Sunday in relief of LHP Bruce Chen. Adcock has been called up four times this season.

Los Angeles: RHP Jered Weaver (back strain) is expected to throw off a mound before Monday's game at Dodger Stadium. He has progressed rapidly with no recurrence of the pain that sent him to the disabled list. He could be ready to rejoin the rotation soon after he'll be eligible to return Wednesday. ... C Chris Iannetta (wrist surgery) had his rehab assignment postponed by two days after he experienced soreness in his right forearm from increased workouts. He is now scheduled to begin playing for high-A Inland Empire (San Bernardino, Calif.) on Monday.

Minnesota: RHP Liam Hendriks, who struck out 10 batters in 8 2/3 innings for Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) on Saturday, could be recalled to start for the Twins this Saturday, manager Ron Gardenhire said. Hendriks has pitched 15 2/3 consecutive scoreless innings for Rochester. ... C Joe Mauer (sprained right thumb) returned to the lineup Saturday after missing three games. He went 3-for-4 with a double and two RBI while catching Saturday before going 0-for-4 as the designated hitter Sunday.

New York: LF Brett Gardner (right elbow strain) was shut down again Saturday, one day after beginning a minor league rehab assignment. GM Brian Cashman said Gardner would visit orthopedist James Andrews on Tuesday and orthopedist Tim Kremchek on Thursday. ... RHP Hiroki Kuroda (bruised foot) is expected to make his next start Wednesday in Atlanta after being hit by a comebacker during his seven shutout innings Friday. He said he had no problems in a Sunday bullpen session. ... 3B Alex Rodriguez moved up the all-time RBI list, passing Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for ninth Sunday (1,918 RBI).

Oakland: RH reliever Ryan Cook (no runs in 23 of 24 appearances) joined the closer mix. Manager Bob Melvin said Saturday that Cook would be an option to close along with RH reliever Grant Balfour, who was the closer into early May, and LH reliever Brian Fuentes, who has recently struggled in the role. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (hamstring strain) remained out of the starting lineup for the third game in a row after leaving Thursday's game.

Seattle: RHP Kevin Millwood's ability to make his next start won't be known until at least Tuesday. Millwood came out of Friday's no-hitter after six innings with a slight right groin strain, and an MRI indicated no real damage. However, the Mariners will take their time in deciding whether to have him start Thursday against San Diego; he could be pushed back to the weekend against the Giants. ... RHP Felix Hernandez (back pain) could have pitched last weekend against the Dodgers; instead he'll start Tuesday vs. the Padres. The reasoning was that either way there is space for six starts for him between now and the All-Star break.

Tampa Bay: 3B Evan Longoria (partially torn left hamstring) said there is a "tug of war" between him and the team over his return from the disabled list. Out since May 3, Longoria has been encouraged with his progress, including Saturday, when he felt great after running the bases. However, the Rays are being cautious with Longoria, who will have to run the bases again Tuesday at Tropicana Field before starting a rehab assignment. ... OF Ben Zobrist, who had been in a season-long slump, ripped two homers Saturday, then went 2-for-4 Sunday.

Texas: RHP Alexi Ogando, Sunday's starter, left the game with a right groin strain, which he felt while running to first base on a bunt single. Ogando was filling in for injured LHP Derek Holland and was making his first start of the season. ... RF Nelson Cruz did not start Sunday because of a sore right Achilles tendon, the result of new spikes he started wearing Thursday. He singled as an eighth-inning pinch hitter.

Toronto: OF Rajai Davis (jammed left middle finger) did not start Sunday after getting re-injured Saturday on a swinging third strike. "When he swung the bat, the bat came out of his hand and we had to get him out of the game," manager John Farrell said. Davis, who missed Thursday's game with the same injury, entered Sunday's as a reserve and went 1-for-2. ... DH Edwin Encarnacion made his first career appearance as an outfielder when he started in left field Sunday, replacing Davis, and he went 3-for-5. He had played 664 games at third base and 45 at first base.
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