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American League notebook -- Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Baltimore: RHP Tommy Hunter could be recalled from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) to start Saturday against Philadelphia, although manager Buck Showalter said LH reliever Dana Eveland and RH reliever Miguel Gonzalez were also possibilities for the start. Hunter has made one start since his May 29 demotion, throwing seven innings of one-run ball June 2. ... Norfolk RHP Jason Berken left Thursday's game with a broken nose. He was hurt while colliding with 1B Joe Mahoney in pursuit of a foul ball. Berken might be able to start again next week, Showalter said.

Boston: Slumping RF Adrian Gonzalez batted in the No. 6 spot the past two nights, the first time he had started a game below the No. 5 position since 2006 with the Padres. "Adrian's a really good hitter. He just hasn't found that rhythm at the plate. He will. He'll have his numbers," manager Bobby Valentine said. ... RHP Josh Beckett is 4-6 with a 4.04 ERA, but he's had only two poor outings all season. Omitting seven-run outputs April 7 at Detroit and May 10 vs. Cleveland, Beckett has a 2.52 ERA in his other nine starts.

Chicago: OF Kosuke Fukudome strained a right side muscle last weekend, and he was finally placed on the disabled list when he wasn't healing as quickly as the team had hoped. OF Jordan Danks, the 25-year-old brother of LHP John Danks, was called up from Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.), where he was hitting .302 (58-for-192) with 15 doubles, eight home runs and 28 RBI in 57 games. ... John Danks, 27, is due to make one rehab start for Charlotte in his recovery from shoulder soreness. He has targeted the June 15-17 series at Dodger Stadium for his return to the major league rotation.

Cleveland: OF Michael Brantley's eighth-inning single extended his hitting streak to 15 games. During the streak, Brantley has hit .357 (20-for-56), raising his season average from .255 to .282. He has the longest hitting streak by an Indian since Brantley had a 19-game run in 2010. ... 2B Jason Kipnis, a left-handed hitter, has been moved from second to third in the lineup, with switch-hitting SS Asdrubal Cabrera going from third to second. Manager Manny Acta said he made the switch to separate the leadoff man, RF Shin-Soo Choo, and Kipnis, two left-handed hitters.

Detroit: CF Austin Jackson played the first game of a scheduled two-day rehab assignment with Class AAA Toledo (Ohio), and he'll be reassessed this weekend. Jackson has been out since May 17 due to an abdominal strain. ... C Gerald Laird is getting close to recovering from right hamstring tightness. "He's going to take batting practice (Friday in Cincinnati), and I'm going to watch him do some running in the outfield, and if he's OK, he's going to play that night," manager Jim Leyland said. Rookie Bryan Holaday has been starting with C Alex Avila (hamstring) on the disabled list.

Kansas City: RHP Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' first-round pick, signed for a $3 million bonus. Zimmer, the fifth overall selection, will report to the team's complex in Surprise, Ariz. for a minicamp that begins Sunday. ... 1B/DH Clint Robinson was promoted from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.), where he was hitting .314 with eight home runs and 37 RBI. LH reliever Ryan Verdugo was optioned to Class AAA after a two-day stay in the majors in which he didn't get into a game. ... 1B Eric Hosmer will move to right field Friday to make room for DH Billy Butler at first base in the opener of an interleague series at Pittsburgh. Hosmer has never played outfield in the majors, but manager Ned Yost had him play a few innings in right field in spring training. RF Jeff Francoeur will move to center, and CF Jarrod Dyson will go the bench.

Los Angeles: RHP Jered Weaver (back strain) has extended his long-toss throwing program to over 250 feet, and he could throw off a mound in the next few days. He might not need to make a rehab start, and there is a chance he could return to the rotation soon after he's eligible to come off the disabled list Wednesday. ... Manager Mike Scioscia said he plans to play DH Kendrys Morales at first base with Albert Pujols moving to third base for at least one or two games during the Angels' six-game stretch of interleague games in NL parks. Morales has not played defense in a game since fracturing his ankle on May 29, 2010.

Minnesota: 1B Chris Parmelee will be recalled from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) before tonight's game against the Cubs. The Twins have been carrying 13 pitchers, and manager Ron Gardenhire wants another position player available. Parmelee hit .375 (18-for-48) with four homers and 12 RBI in 15 games after his demotion last month. RHP Cole De Vries, who went 1-1 with a 4.20 ERA in three starts, will be optioned back to Rochester. ... RH reliever Jeff Manship pitched a scoreless inning Wednesday with his uniform reading "Mansihp." "All the guys in the bullpen were laughing, and I was like, 'What's going on?'" Manship said.

New York: LF Brett Gardner will begin a rehab assignment Friday with low-A Charleston (S.C.). Gardner, out since April 18 with a strained right elbow, could return to the Yankees by Monday, when the team opens a road trip in Atlanta. ... RHP Freddy Garcia was placed on the bereavement list following the death of his grandfather in Venezuela. RH reliever Ryota Igarashi, claimed off waivers from the Blue Jays on May 29, was promoted to take Garcia's spot on the roster. Igarashi was 0-1 with one save and a 3.60 ERA in three outings for Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.).

Oakland: LF Yoenis Cespedes left in the first inning with a left hamstring strain. Cespedes, who returned from the disabled list June 1 after recovering from a left hand injury, is considered day-to-day, the team announced. ... After beating Texas, RHP Brandon McCarthy has a career-best five-game winning streak. He is 5-0 with a 2.31 ERA in his past six starts, having struck out 29 and walked 11 in 37 innings during that span.

Seattle: RHP Felix Hernandez gave manager Eric Wedge a thumbs-up sign after playing catch Wednesday. Hernandez missed his scheduled Wednesday start because of back problems, but there is a chance he could start Sunday against the Dodgers. ... CF Michael Saunders' turnaround in 2012 has in large part come against left-handed pitchers. The left-handed hitter batted only .185 against lefties in parts of three seasons from 2009-2011, but he's batting .283 against southpaws this year, and he's hit three of his six home runs against left-handers.

Tampa Bay: RH closer Kyle Farnsworth, sidelined all season due to a right elbow strain, threw to hitters for the first time Wednesday, manager Joe Maddon said. Farnsworth experienced no setbacks, according to Maddon, but the timetable for his return remains uncertain. ... LF Desmond Jennings moved from leadoff to third, DH Ben Zobrist moved up to second from fourth, CF B.J. Upton moved from second to cleanup, and SS Elliot Johnson was put in the top spot as Maddon shuffled his struggling lineup. For the matchup with Yankees LHP CC Sabathia, Maddon wanted to stack the lineup with right-handed hitters up top.

Texas: LHP Derek Holland, who had lost 15 pounds while dealing with a stomach virus, was placed on the disabled list due to what the team termed left shoulder fatigue. RHP Alexi Ogando will move from the bullpen and start Sunday at San Francisco. RH reliever Tanner Scheppers, 25, was promoted from Class AAA Round Rock (Texas), where he was 1-2 with nine saves and a 3.72 ERA in 25 appearances. He gave up a solo homer in 1 2/3 innings at Oakland in his major league debut. ... After losing three of four at Oakland, the Rangers are 10-12 vs. the AL West. Last year, Texas went 40-17 inside the division.

Toronto: DH Edwin Encarnacion did some hitting off a tee and is expected to play at first base Friday against the Braves in Atlanta. Encarnacion has missed three consecutive starts with a bruised right hand since getting hit by a pitch Sunday. ... RH reliever Robert Coello, who pitched two scoreless innings June 1 against Boston in his lone major league appearance of the season, was optioned to Class AAA Las Vegas. RH reliever Chad Beck, who didn't pitch for Toronto last month during a brief call-up, was promoted from Las Vegas, where he was 1-0 with nine saves and a 1.11 ERA in 23 appearances.
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