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American League notebook -- Tuesday, June 19, 2012

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Baltimore: After Chris Davis started in right field the previous four days -- going 0-for-14 during the first four outfield appearances of his career -- manager Buck Showalter put Steve Pearce in right field Tuesday. Pearce bats right-handed, while Davis hits left-handed, and the Orioles were facing Mets LHP Johan Santana. ... LF Nolan Reimold won't return until after the All-Star break, Showalter said. Reimold has received two epidural injections in recent weeks to treat a cervical disk issue.

Boston: OF Cody Ross was activated from the disabled list after missing one month with a fracture in his left foot. He went 1-for-7 in two rehab games with Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). OF Scott Podsednik, who hurt his left groin while running out a grounder Sunday, was placed on the DL. Since joining the Red Sox on May 22, Podsednik hit .387 (24-for-62) and stole six bases. ... CF Jacoby Ellsbury (right shoulder dislocation) took batting practice and did some pregame running. "He's close to game activities. I don't mean tomorrow, but it's close," manager Bobby Valentine said.

Chicago: RHP Zach Stewart, who allowed six runs in 5 2/3 innings in a spot start Monday, was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.). RHP Dylan Axelrod was recalled from Charlotte, where he was 5-4 with a 3.18 ERA in 11 starts. Alexrod, 26, was 0-1 with a 3.52 ERA in three games (one start) for the White Sox earlier this season. ... LHP John Danks was diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of the subscapularis muscle in the left shoulder, and he won't be able to resume his rehab assignment for three to four weeks. The White Sox hope to have him back by the end of July.

Cleveland: LF Johnny Damon, who crashed into a railing while chasing a double hit by Cincinnati's Brandon Phillips in the fifth inning Monday, was out of the starting lineup the next night. "He's pretty banged up," manager Manny Acta said. "We almost took him out of the game when it happened, but he talked us out of it." ... 3B Jack Hannahan has yet to play in consecutive games since being activated from the disabled list Friday, as Acta wants to ease him back into everyday duty. Hannahan had missed 27 of 28 games due to lower back inflammation and a strained left calf.

Detroit: RH reliever Octavio Dotel was activated from the disabled list after missing 16 days due to a sore right elbow. RH reliever Thad Weber, up for just three days, was optioned to Class AAA Toledo (Ohio) without having made an appearance during his latest major league stint. ... Toledo 1B/DH Brad Eldred was released so he could sign with the Hiroshima (Japan) Toyo Carp. Eldred, 31, went 3-for-16 (.188) with Detroit earlier this season, and he led the International League with 24 home runs and 65 RBI while hitting .305.

Kansas City: RHP Felipe Paulino is scheduled to make a rehab start Wednesday for Class AA Northwest Arkansas (Springdale, Ark.). Paulino went on the disabled list after straining his right groin June 6. If he has no setbacks, he could return to the Kansas City rotation June 25 against the Rays. ... LHP Bruce Chen is penciled in for a start Wednesday against the Astros on three days of rest. Chen was pulled after 1 2/3 innings Saturday at St. Louis. With the team off Thursday, RHP Vin Mazzaro will have six days between starts. Mazzaro exited his Friday start after six innings due to right calf tightness.

Los Angeles: RHP Jerome Williams, hospitalized after leaving his Monday start due to breathing difficulties, tweeted the next day that he was feeling better. "Gonna get some rest so I can be back on that mound competing again," he wrote on his Twitter account. ... CF Mike Trout stole three bases Monday against the Giants. He is only the third rookie in franchise history to have three steals in a game, joining Devon White (1987) and Jose Cardenal (1965).

Minnesota: C Joe Mauer, whose right thigh was bruised Sunday in a home-plate collision with Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks, was out of the starting lineup for the series opener at Pittsburgh. He reported feeling better, but he wasn't able to run at full strength. ... The Twins' bullpen had the worst ERA in the majors last year (4.51), but the relievers' ERA was 15th this year (3.61) entering play Tuesday. "We talked about last year, how not a lot of guys stuck. There are some guys sticking this year, and it's good to see," LH reliever Glen Perkins said.

New York: RF Nick Swisher was back in the lineup after missing two games due to a bone bruise on his left thigh. Swisher ran and took batting practice before the game and told manager Joe Girardi he was good to go, Girardi said. ... RHP Michael Pineda, who underwent season-ending surgery on his right shoulder May 1, was at Yankee Stadium the past two days and was seen by doctors. "Everything is going great," Girardi said. "It's good to see him not in a sling and walking around freely." Girardi said Pineda's next step in a long process would be to return to Tampa to continue his rehab.

Oakland: OF Yoenis Cespedes remained out of the lineup for the ninth time in 10 games because of a left hamstring strain. Cespedes was scheduled for a full workout Tuesday, and if he emerges from that without any problems, there is a good chance he will be the designated hitter Wednesday against the Dodgers. ... RH reliever Andrew Carignan, on the disabled list since June 6 due to a right elbow injury, was due to undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, according to his hometown newspaper, the Norwich (Conn.) Bulletin. He finishes the year 1-1 with a 4.66 ERA in 11 appearances (9 2/3 innings).

Seattle: RF Ichiro Suzuki was back in the leadoff spot after sitting out a game for the second time this season. He was hitting .206 with a .206 on-base percentage in 15 games since moving back to the leadoff spot June 1, but manager Eric Wedge plans to keep Suzuki atop the order. ... After Monday's loss to the Diamondbacks, RHP Hector Noesi is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA this month. "I'm fully confident that he has the stuff to be a starter, but he needs to be aggressive and consistent," Wedge said.

Tampa Bay: 3B Evan Longoria experienced discomfort in his partially torn left hamstring Monday during his second game for Class AAA Durham (N.C.), and his rehab assignment was suspended indefinitely. Longoria said Tuesday that he was sore, but he didn't believe he'd experienced a significant setback. ... RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings during his last start, Thursday against the Mets, was placed on the disabled list due to right shoulder fatigue. RHP Chris Archer, 23, was called up to start Wednesday against the Nationals. He was 4-8 with a 4.81 ERA in 14 starts for Durham.

Texas: OF Josh Hamilton, who had missed four starts due to an intestinal virus that caused him to be hospitalized briefly last weekend, was back in the lineup in center field. He had played the ninth inning Monday as a defensive replacement in left field. ... RH reliever Willie Eyre, released by the Baltimore organization last week, signed with the Rangers and was assigned to Class AAA Round Rock (Texas). Eyre, 33, had gone 1-3 with a 7.92 ERA in 21 appearances for Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) this year.

Toronto: 3B Brett Lawrie led off a game with a home run for the first time in his career Monday. It was the first leadoff homer for the Blue Jays since SS Yunel Escobar hit one June 15, 2011, against Baltimore. ... RF Jose Bautista hit his 20th home run of the season Monday, and 1B Edwin Encarnacion hit his 18th. That made them the top homer-hitting duo in the majors. White Sox DH Adam Dunn and 1B Paul Konerko were second with a combined 36 entering play Tuesday.
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