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American League notebook -- Sunday, May 13, 2012

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Baltimore: LF Xavier Avery (.266 hitter in 483 minor league games) was promoted from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) and made his major league debut, batting leadoff and going 0-for-4. Avery, 22, was a second-round pick in 2008. RH reliever Stu Pomeranz was optioned to Norfolk to make room on the 25-man roster, and IF Matt Antonelli (.204 in 29 games in Norfolk) was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster. ... OF Nolan Reimold (herniated disk in spine) was scheduled to be re-examined today and could require a second epidural shot. He is eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday, but he's expected to be out longer.

Boston: RHP Daisuke Matsuzaka (elbow surgery) will make two more starts (May 17 and May 22) for Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.), manager Bobby Valentine said. Valentine said Matsuzaka has to work through a few mechanical issues. ... LF Darnell McDonald (strained side muscle) was placed on the disabled list, and 1B Mauro Gomez was recalled from Pawtucket. McDonald is one of five Red Sox batters and six pitchers on the DL.

Chicago: DH/1B Adam Dunn, who hit .159 with 177 strikeouts last season in his first year in Chicago, has matched his 2011 homer total (11) and has played well enough at first to give 1B Paul Konerko a chance to DH and stay rested. "A lot of it is just kind of free thinking instead of caring about results," manager Robin Ventura said. "He's been very good at putting last year behind him and just playing baseball." ... 3B Brent Morel (back) returned to the starting lineup Saturday after missing two games. He went 1-for-2 Saturday and 1-for-4 Sunday.

Cleveland: RHP Josh Tomlin (sore right wrist) was placed on the disabled list. Trainer Lonnie Soloff speculated that Tomlin was hurt while trying to grip the baseball too hard in the rain May 7. RHP Zach McAllister, who struck out a career-high eight Saturday in a 4-1 loss, is replacing Tomlin in the rotation. ... The contract of IF Jose Lopez (12-for-23 in six minor league games) was purchased from Class AAA Columbus (Ohio). He replaced IF Jason Donald, who was optioned to Columbus. Lopez started the year with the Indians but was demoted May 3.

Detroit: 2B Ryan Raburn (stiff back) missed Saturday's game, but his average plunging to .128 might have been a factor, too. Manager Jim Leyland put Raburn back at second Sunday at ninth in the order, and he went 1-for-3 (a double). ... RH reliever Luis Marte (strained left thumb) faced hitters Saturday for the first time since spring training ended. He threw a scoreless inning during an extended spring game at Detroit's Lakeland, Fla., training camp.

Kansas City: LHP Danny Duffy left in the first inning because of an undisclosed injury after facing three batters. He threw 13 pitches, eight for strikes, including two 96 mph fastballs. ... Veteran LHP Doug Davis (1-7, 6.50 ERA in 2011), who made nine starts for the Cubs last year before being released, signed a minor league contract. ... 3B Mike Moustakas (left hamstring) was not in the lineup for the second consecutive game.

Los Angeles: General manager Jerry Dipoto denied OF Peter Bourjos is part of trade talks. "Right now, we are not particularly looking to do that," Dipoto said of Bourjos, who was replaced after four starts in center field by OF Mike Trout. ... Because of a two-hour rain delay in the first inning Friday, LHP C.J. Wilson started two consecutive games for the Angels. He came back Saturday to pitch 5 2/3 innings after throwing just 22 pitches before the interruption Friday. He is the first pitcher to start games on consecutive days for his team since Rangers RHP Aaron Myette on Sept. 3 and 4, 2002.

Minnesota: RHP Carl Pavano (shoulder) is set to make his start today, but the team believes the injury is responsible for his inability to regain his top velocity. Pavano hasn't thrown hard for years, but his fastball is topping out around 86 mph, about 4-5 mph slower than usual. ... 1B/DH Justin Morneau (left wrist) took his first swings in a week Saturday and expressed hope he will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

New York: SS Derek Jeter's eighth-inning single moved him past Tony Gwynn and into a tie with Robin Yount for 16th place with 3,142 career hits. "I hadn't thought about it because we lost," Jeter said. "Mention those guys, guys that are two of the best to ever play the game, it's humbling. But I really wasn't thinking about it much." ... RH reliever Cody Eppley, who posted a 4.76 ERA in five appearances, was optioned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.) to make room on the roster for LHP Andy Pettitte.

Oakland: 3B Brandon Inge (groin), the A's player of the week with four homers, was out Sunday. Manager Bob Melvin was hopeful Inge would return today at Anaheim. ... Melvin said the team is giving RH Grant Balfour a break from closing and is replacing him with LH reliever Brian Fuentes, who has 200 career saves. ... OF Yoenis Cespedes (hand injury) was placed on the disabled list Saturday because of a recurrence of the injury that had kept him out of the previous three games.

Seattle: RHP Kevin Millwood struck out Curtis Granderson in the fourth inning, becoming the 66th major league pitcher to record 2,000 strikeouts ... RHP Blake Beavan threw a bullpen session and appears to be on course to return to the rotation Tuesday. ... 2B Dustin Ackley has a nine-game hitting streak, which corresponds almost exactly with his move to the leadoff spot. The last eight of those games have come with Ackley leading off.

Tampa Bay: LF Desmond Jennings' sprained left knee has not improved in the last few days, and the Rays are evaluating whether to place him on the disabled list. "Not quite yet, but we have to make a decision pretty soon," manager Joe Maddon. ... IF Sean Rodriguez was kept out of the lineup because of soreness in his left pectoral. Rodriguez said he was hurt diving for balls on Saturday, not on Friday's home plate collision with C Matt Wieters, and added that he could have played Sunday if needed.

Texas: RH reliever Alexi Ogando's two season-long streaks ended Saturday. Ogando allowed a hit -- albeit a bunt single by Peter Bourjos -- to a right-handed hitter for the first time this season. Right-handed hitters had been 0-for-28. Also, he issued two walks. They were his first two walks after 17 2/3 innings to start the year. ... C Yorvit Torrealba missed most of two games after being hit in the head with the backswing of Albert Pujols' bat in the first inning Friday night. Torrealba did not have any concussion-like symptoms, but the Rangers wanted to be cautious.

Toronto: RF Jose Bautista (8 HR, 18 RBI this season) has hit 10 home runs in 11 games at Target Field, the latest coming Saturday. It was Bautista's third homer of the series. "No, it's not the park," Bautista said. "Just an aggressive pitching staff over there, and they throw strikes." He has 121 homers as a Blue Jay and ranks 10th on the club's all-time list. ... RH closer Casey Janssen has converted his first two save chances since being installed as interim closer Wednesday after RH closer Francisco Cordero failed to convert three save opportunities in a row.
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