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American League notebook -- Tuesday, June 26, 2012

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Baltimore: RH reliever Matt Lindstrom is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday. He has been out since May 11 due to a torn ligament in his right middle finger, and he allowed four runs (two earned) over 4 1/3 innings in four minor league rehab appearances. ... RF Nick Markakis, who had right wrist surgery June 1, isn't expected to resume swinging a bat before Friday. According to manager Buck Showalter, if Markakis can first complete a rehab assignment, he could be activated during the July 5-8 series at Anaheim.

Boston: OF Jacoby Ellsbury might be able to begin a rehab assignment Friday as a designated hitter in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, according to manager Bobby Valentine. Ellsbury has been out since April 14 due to a partial right shoulder dislocation. ... RHP Josh Beckett (right shoulder inflammation) will return to make a start at Seattle this weekend. The team could go with a six-man rotation until the All-Star break, Valentine said.

Chicago: RHP Philip Humber (elbow) threw 40 pitches on the side Sunday -- fastballs and changeups only -- and he will throw another bullpen session Wednesday. Humber hopes to go on a rehab assignment next week and be ready to return after the All-Star break at the latest. ... Rookie OF Jordan Danks, who had worn No. 20 since his call-up a few weeks ago, gave up the number to newly acquired veteran 3B Kevin Youkilis. Danks switched to No. 7, and he's awaiting compensation from Youkilis. "He said he'll hook me up," Danks said. "I don't know what that means, but dream big I guess, right?"

Cleveland: DH Travis Hafner will begin an rehab assignment with Class AAA Columbus (Ohio) on Wednesday. Hafner, out since May 24, underwent surgery May 31 to repair a frayed meniscus in his right knee. ... OF Johnny Damon's double in the seventh inning Monday was the 2,750th hit of his career. That moved Damon past Luke Appling and into 52nd place on the all-time list. No. 51 is Vada Pinson (2,757).

Detroit: C Alex Avila returned to the starting lineup after confirming he has a return of the left patellar tendinitis that plagued him the last portion of the 2011 season. "I'm definitely relieved that it's not something where I can damage my knee if I keep playing," he said. ... 3B Miguel Cabrera broke out of a 2-for-20 slump with three hits Monday, including two doubles. "He reads he only got two hits in so many at-bats, that has a tendency to get him upset a little bit," manager Jim Leyland said with a smirk.

Kansas City: LHP Everett Teaford will be recalled from Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.) to start Wednesday against the Rays, manager Ned Yost said. Teaford was 0-1 with a 5.73 ERA in three appearances (one start) for Kansas City earlier this season. He is 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in seven games (six starts) for Omaha. ... C Manny Pina, who had knee surgery in spring training, began a rehab assignment Monday with the Royals' affiliate in the rookie-level Arizona League. He had an RBI double, a sacrifice fly and a walk, and he threw out a runner attempting to steal second.

Los Angeles: When White Sox 1B Paul Konerko went 0-for-3 Monday, his batting average slipped to .337, giving OF Mike Trout (.338) the AL batting lead. Trout became the first Angel to lead the league in batting this late into a season since Garret Anderson was the AL leader with a .322 average through Sept. 2, 2003, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Through Monday, 21 of the Angels' past 24 games were played in Southern California -- 18 at home, three at Dodger Stadium and three in Colorado. Starting with Tuesday's game in Baltimore, 16 of the next 20 will be played on the road, all in the Eastern time zone.

Minnesota: RHP Carl Pavano (right shoulder strain) began a throwing program Monday, according to the St. Paul (Minn.) Pioneer Press. He's scheduled to throw again Wednesday, but there is no timetable for his return. ... RH reliever Jared Burton earned his first win of the season June 20 at Pittsburgh, then posted the first two saves of his career Sunday at Cincinnati and Monday against the White Sox. He and LH reliever Glen Perkins could be see ninth-inning duty with RH closer Matt Capps (shoulder) on the disabled list.

New York: LH reliever Pedro Feliciano threw a 25-pitch bullpen session in Tampa, where he's rehabbing after having rotator cuff surgery last September. "He'll continue to throw some bullpens, hopefully everything goes OK and he feels OK and then we'll get him in a (batting practice)," manager Joe Girardi said. "We'll kind of keep our fingers crossed." ... LF Brett Gardner will travel to Tampa with the Yankees at the end of the weekend, preparing for the next step in his rehab. Gardner, who has been out since mid-April with a strained right elbow, will begin taking dry swings by the middle of next week, but he's unlikely to return before the third week of July.

Oakland: CF Yoenis Cespedes started in the field for the first time since June 13. He missed a stretch of nine out of 10 games earlier this month due to a hamstring injury, and he served as the Athletics' designated hitter in his first six games after returning. ... RHP A.J. Griffin made his big-league debut Sunday with six solid innings against the Giants, then traveled with the team to Seattle. "The flight was sweet. Never been on a charter before," the 24-year-old said.

Seattle: Ichiro Suzuki, who got his second day off of the season June 18, received a partial rest Tuesday, serving as the Mariners' designated hitter for the first time this year. Casper Wells played right field. Suzuki had hit safely in six consecutive games after returning to the lineup June 19, going 12-for-26 (.462). ... RH reliever Stephen Pryor will be eligible to come off the disabled list Thursday, but it won't happen. Pryor, sidelined due to a strained left groin, only resumed making 90-foot soft tosses Monday. He will need another 10 days or two weeks before he's ready to go.

Tampa Bay: RHP Jeremy Hellickson, on the disabled list due to shoulder fatigue, said the 60-pitch bullpen session he threw at about 80-90 percent effort Monday went well. He feels ready to rejoin the rotation, with a Saturday return targeted. ... RHP Alex Cobb gave up eight runs on 13 hits in an eight-inning complete game Monday, but he drew praise from his manager for saving the bullpen. "The average fan may not understand exactly what he did tonight; it's heroic in a baseball sense," Joe Maddon said.

Texas: RHP Colby Lewis, who gave up a season-high eight runs on a season-high 12 hits in his last start, was placed on the disabled list due to right forearm tendinitis. GM Jon Daniels said he hopes Lewis will be ready to return shortly after the All-Star break. LHP Martin Perez, 21, was called up to serve as a reliever, but he could get a start this weekend. Perez was 5-5 with a 4.59 ERA in 15 starts for Class AAA Round Rock (Texas). ... LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder fatigue) will begin a rehab assignment with Round Rock on Wednesday. The Rangers expect Holland will make three rehab starts. He won't be activated until after the All-Star break.

Toronto: RHP Henderson Alvarez left his Monday start in the sixth inning with stiffness on the inner part of his right elbow. An MRI exam found only mild inflammation, and Alvarez is expected to start Saturday against the Angels. ... LHP Jamie Moyer, 49, was signed to pitch for Class AAA Las Vegas. Moyer had gone 1-1 with a 1.69 ERA in three starts for Baltimore's Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) affiliate in recent weeks before requesting and receiving his release. Moyer went 2-5 with a 5.70 ERA in 10 starts for Colorado earlier this season.
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