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American League notebook -- Tuesday, May 29, 2012

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Baltimore: OF Endy Chavez, who had been out since May 9 due to a strained left side muscle, was activated from the disabled list. OF Xavier Avery, who went 13-for-60 (.217) with a .299 on-base percentage, four RBI and four steals in 15 games, was optioned to Class AAA Norfolk (Va.). ... RHP Tommy Hunter, 0-2 with a 7.18 ERA over five starts in May, was optioned to Class AAA. He was 2-3 with a 5.59 ERA overall in 10 starts. The Orioles purchased the contract of RH reliever Miguel Gonzalez, 28, from Norfolk, where he was 2-1 with one save and a 1.50 ERA in 11 appearances (three starts).

Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia was out of the starting lineup one day after jamming his right thumb. He went for an MRI exam, but the results had yet to be announced. Manager Bobby Valentine said Pedroia had been dealing with a thumb ailment for three weeks before aggravating it Monday. ... LF Carl Crawford said he might be able to resume throwing in 10 to 14 days. "That's going to be the true test," he said. Crawford began the season on the disabled list after having left wrist surgery in January, and his rehab has been slowed due to a strained left elbow.

Chicago: RHP Gavin Floyd has a 12.89 ERA in his past three starts, and pitching coach Don Cooper believes the problems start with the location of his pitches. "When somebody does well, his location is good. When somebody does poorly, his location is bad. It's as simple as that. He's got to throw better pitches." ... LHP Jose Quintana will start Wednesday at Tampa Bay, though manager Robin Ventura took a long time to make the appointment official. Quintana allowed two runs in six innings Friday while beating Cleveland in his first start. "He threw great the last game," Ventura said.

Cleveland: SS Asdrubal Cabrera was back in the lineup after missing the previous three games with a tight left hamstring. Manager Manny Acta talked with Cabrera before making the decision to play him at designated hitter. "I told him we don't need anyone trying to play hero in May," Acta said. ... C Lou Marson missed his second consecutive start with a gash on his lip that required three stitches. Marson was hurt when he was hit by a pitch in the face. "His mask still hurts his face when he gets hit by a foul tip," Acta said. "It causes a lot of pain, and we don't want it to bust those stitches."

Detroit: DH Delmon Young was briefly in a Manhattan court before being freed on $5,000 bond. He has a return court date set for Aug. 2, currently an open date on the Tigers' schedule. Police say Young shouted anti-Semitic phrases at a group of tourists when Detroit was in New York to play the Yankees in late April. ... RF Magglio Ordonez will announce his retirement Sunday in a ceremony at Comerica Park prior to the Tigers' game against the Yankees. Ordonez played the final seven seasons of his 15-year major league career with Detroit, winning the 2007 AL batting title and making two of his six All-Star appearances. In 2006, his walk-off homer against Oakland sent Detroit to the World Series. ... RH reliever Collin Balester cleared waivers and was outrighted to Class AAA Toledo (Ohio). Balester was designated for assignment May 23 after going 2-0 with a 6.50 ERA in 11 appearances.

Kansas City: LHP Danny Duffy's Tommy John elbow surgery, which was scheduled for Thursday in Los Angeles, has been postponed because he has strep throat. It will be rescheduled, with Dr. Lewis Yocum performing the operation. Duffy went 2-2 with a 3.90 ERA in six starts this year. ... C Brayan Pena homered Monday for the first time in a year. Pena's previous home run was May 29, 2011, at Texas. He went 223 at-bats without a home run before ending the longest homerless drought by an active Royals player.

Los Angeles: RHP Jered Weaver, who left Monday's game in the first inning, was placed on the disabled list due to a lower back strain and spasms. The timetable for his return was unknown pending the results of X-rays and an MRI. The Angels called up RHP Garrett Richards from Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City), where he was 5-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 10 starts. ... OF Torii Hunter was activated from the restricted list after missing 16 games. He had spent time with his family after the arrest of one of his teenage sons in connection with a sexual-assault investigation at a Dallas-area high school. IF Andrew Romine was optioned to Salt Lake after a five-day major league stint in which he didn't get into a game. ... In the first 20 games this season, Angels leadoff hitters combined for a .195 average and .250 on-base percentage. Since his promotion from Class AAA on April 28, OF Mike Trout started 28 games of the next 30 games as the leadoff hitter, batting .306 with a .368 OBP through Monday.

Minnesota: LHP Scott Diamond has four quality starts (six innings or more, three or fewer earned runs) in five starts since his promotion from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.). "I feel comfortable on the mound, but once again, it's having to adjust and get to know certain hitters and learn as the game goes on," he said. ... 3B Danny Valencia was hitting .325 (13-for-40) with two homers and nine RBI in his past 10 games for Rochester through Monday. He was demoted from Minnesota on May 10 after hitting .190 in 27 games. "It's not as consistent yet as we want," GM Terry Ryan said. "We'll continue to monitor."

New York: RH reliever Ryota Igarashi was claimed off waivers from the Rangers and optioned to Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.). Igarashi, 33, allowed four runs in a total of one inning over two appearances for Texas last weekend. He had a 5.74 ERA in a combined 79 games for the Mets in 2010 and 2011. The Yankees cleared a spot on the 40-man roster by moving RHP Brad Meyers (right labrum strain) to the 60-day disabled list. ... LF Brett Gardner took dry swings to test his strained right elbow Monday in Tampa, and he reported no problems. Manager Joe Girardi said it likely would be at least one week before Gardner goes on a rehab assignment and 10 days before he returns from the disabled list.

Oakland: OF Coco Crisp was dropped to eighth in the batting order, the first time he has hit below the third spot this season. Crisp was in a 2-for-29 (.069) slump with no extra-base hits and no RBI since coming off the disabled list May 21. He had been out due to a inner-ear infection that caused dizziness. ... LH reliever Sean Doolittle -- a former first base prospect who switched to pitching more than halfway through last season -- has moved from high-A Stockton (Calif.) to Class AA Midland (Texas) to Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.) in less than two months. Doolittle, 25, had a 0.84 ERA in high-A and Class AA, with 40 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings.

Seattle: LF Chone Figgins ended an 0-for-24 skid with a first-inning double Monday, his first hit since April 29. The games Sunday and Monday were the first back-to-back starts for Figgins since May 2-3. He was back on the bench Tuesday. ... RHP Kevin Millwood allowed just one run in five innings Monday, but he exited after throwing 97 pitches. The heat -- 93 degrees in Arlington, Texas, at first pitch -- was a factor, according to manager Eric Wedge. "We don't want one inning to affect his next start or his next couple of starts," Wedge said.

Tampa Bay: DH/OF Hideki Matsui's contract was purchased by the Rays after the 37-year-old veteran hit .170 with no homers and four RBI in 13 games for Class AAA Durham (N.C.). OF/1B/C Stephen Vogt, who was hitless in 17 at-bats over 10 games this season, was optioned to Durham. ... OF Brandon Guyer was transferred from the 15-day disabled list to the 60-day DL to clear a spot on the 40-man roster for Matsui. Guyer is due to undergo season-ending surgery this week to repair a torn labrum in his left (non-throwing) shoulder. ... LHP Matt Moore had one of his best outings of the season Monday, striking out 10 and holding the White Sox to two runs in seven innings. "He looked a lot more comfortable and definitely had a great game to build off emotionally," manager Joe Maddon said.

Texas: After missing Monday's game due to an upper-respiratory infection that was plaguing the clubhouse, OF Josh Hamilton was back in the starting lineup the next day. With the victory Monday over Seattle, the Rangers are 2-3 in games Hamilton hasn't started this year. ... The key pitching acquisitions for the Rangers and Angels last winter, RHP Yu Darvish and LHP C.J. Wilson, will square off a second time Saturday. In their May 10 meeting, Wilson gave up four runs in the first inning and didn't return after a 1-hour, 56-minute rain delay. Darvish did return, and he pitched 5 1/3 innings for the win.

Toronto: IF Mike McCoy was promoted from Class AAA Las Vegas to add some middle-infield depth with 2B Kelly Johnson (hamstring) and SS Yunel Escobar (groin) playing through injuries. OF Eric Thames was optioned to Las Vegas after hitting .243 with a .288 on-base percentage, three homers and 11 RBI in 46 games. ... OF Travis Snider is in Dunedin, Fla., where he continues to receive treatment on his right wrist that was injured April 26 when he tried to make a diving catch while playing for Class AAA Las Vegas. He returned for seven games with Las Vegas from May 9-17, going 2-for-21 (.095) with one homer and four RBI in that span.
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