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American League notebook -- Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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Baltimore: RHP Brad Bergesen was designated for assignment, clearing a roster spot for RHP Tommy Hunter, who was recalled from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) to start at Minnesota. Bergesen was called up Tuesday, and he didn't get into a game. He had been 4-3 with one save and a 4.03 ERA in 22 games (10 starts) for Norfolk. ... C Ronny Paulino accepted his assignment to Class AAA. He was outrighted to the minors last week, and he will share duties behind the plate in Norfolk with C Luis Exposito.

Boston: DH David Ortiz was placed on the 15-day disabled list after getting a second opinion on his strained right Achilles tendon. He might be ready to return as soon as he is eligible. 1B Mauro Gomez, who hit .308 (8-for-26) in eight games with the Red Sox earlier this season, was recalled from Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). ... LHP Jon Lester, who gave up six runs in four innings Tuesday, is 5-7 with a 4.80 ERA. "It's been a frustrating year, frustrating night," Lester said. "It just keeps adding on. I'm getting tired of it."

Chicago: LHP Pedro Hernandez was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.) to make a spot start. Hernandez allowed five runs in 12 innings with Charlotte after going 7-2 with a 2.75 ERA in 12 starts for Class AA Birmingham (Hoover, Ala.). RH reliever Jhan Marinez was optioned to Charlotte after one scoreless appearance with Chicago. ... RHP Gavin Floyd (right elbow tendinitis) is scheduled to play catch Thursday, and he might throw a bullpen session as soon as Friday. "I want to be there for the rest of the season and be strong and give my best effort out there without having any doubts whether something is going to get worse," he said.

Cleveland: RHP Zach McAllister reported no lingering effects from getting hit in the right forearm by a line drive in the fourth inning of Monday's game. McAllister remained in the game, pitching six innings of one-run ball to get the win at Tampa Bay. ... In his first two games after taking over as the cleanup hitter, CF Michael Brantley went a combined 0-for-3 Monday and Tuesday -- but he drew five walks. Through his second-inning triple Wednesday, he had reached base safely in 20 of his past 27 plate appearances: eight walks, six singles, four doubles, one triple and one home run.

Detroit: RHP Jacob Turner, bludgeoned for three home runs while allowing seven runs in two innings Tuesday, will make a second start for injured LHP Drew Smyly. "Jacob Turner is pitching Sunday," manager Jim Leyland said when asked. "Period." Turner has a 10.29 ERA in two starts for Detroit this year. ... Rick Porcello, who makes his next start Saturday, and Leyland both feel the right-hander needs work on his slider. "He doesn't know whether to just throw it for a strike or bury it -- and it should be neither one of those. He should just make a good pitch with it," Leyland said.

Kansas City: LHP Ryan Verdugo was optioned to Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.) less than 24 hours after getting roughed up in his major league debut. Verdugo surrendered six runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Mariners. LH reliever Francisley Bueno was recalled from Omaha, where he was 1-4 with five saves and a 2.88 ERA in 31 appearances. ... GM Dayton Moore, on the failed November trade that sent All-Star OF Melky Cabrera to San Francisco for LHP Jonathan Sanchez and Verdugo: "You certainly analyze it, but don't beat yourself up about it because this game moves on."

Los Angeles: OF Mike Trout met Hall of Famer Al Kaline during the Angels' series in Detroit. Kaline, a special assistant in the Tigers front office, was the youngest batting champ in major league history, having won the AL crown with a .340 average in 1955 at age 20. Trout, who turns 21 next month, leads the AL in batting this year. ... From May 1 through Tuesday, Trout and OF Mark Trumbo combined to bat .339 with 181 hits, 36 home runs, 74 extra-base hits and 101 RBI. The Angels played 68 games in that span.

Minnesota: RH closer Matt Capps went back on the disabled list, this time due to right rotator cuff irritation. He had just come off the DL on Friday after missing three weeks due to right shoulder inflammation. ... RHP Nick Blackburn was recalled from Class AAA, and he is scheduled to start Friday at Kansas City. He went 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two starts for Rochester (N.Y.) after his July 4 demotion. Blackburn has gone 4-5 with an 8.10 ERA in 13 starts for the Twins this season.

New York: 2B Robinson Cano extended his hitting streak to a career-best 21 games with a first-inning double. It's the longest streak by a Yankee since Derek Jeter hit safely in 25 consecutive games in 2006. Cano is hitting .402 (33-for-82) with six homers and 20 RBI during his streak. ... Curtis Granderson had played every game this season before sitting out Wednesday. He had started 88 games in center field and one as the designated hitter, and he appeared once as a defensive replacement.

Oakland: OF Josh Reddick apologized for comments he made Tuesday after Rangers RHP Roy Oswalt held Oakland to three hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings. Reddick said after the game, "I don't feel like he was very good." On Wednesday, Reddick tweeted, "All I meant was we missed a lot of good pitches in good situations is all. Obviously Roy is a great pitcher and has been for years. My apologies." ... OF Coco Crisp returned to the lineup after missing three games with a sore left shoulder. He went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases.

Seattle: RH reliever Steve Delabar is back in the majors after a one-day demotion to Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.). He was recalled when LH reliever Charlie Furbush went on the 15-day disabled list due to left triceps tightness. Furbush hopes to return as soon as he's eligible. ... CF Franklin Gutierrez was able to take batting practice Tuesday, the first time he'd done so since being hit behind the right ear by a pickoff throw back on June 29. The club was expected to decide Thursday if Gutierrez is ready to head out on a rehab assignment.

Tampa Bay: 3B Evan Longoria will join the Rays on the road trip that starts Tuesday in Baltimore, but it remains uncertain when he'll be ready to start a new rehab assignment, manager Joe Maddon said. Longoria has been out since May 1 with a left hamstring injury, and a previous rehab assignment was halted in mid-June when he experienced renewed discomfort. ... C Jose Molina was hitting .190 and had five passed balls through Tuesday, but Maddon believes in him. "There's a lot of things he's done well that he's not going to get credit for," the manager said.

Texas: LH reliever Martin Perez was optioned to Class AAA Round Rock (Texas) to make room for RHP Colby Lewis, who came off the disabled list to start at Oakland. Perez made four appearances (two starts) for Texas, going 1-1 with a 5.54 ERA. ... OF Leonys Martin has had just 15 at-bats since June 28, and he's gone hitless in that stretch. "He's a very talented kid, but before we can see that talent, he's going to have to be on the field every day. We can't do that here now. I'm doing the best I can just to get him some at-bats," manager Ron Washington said.

Toronto: 3B Brett Lawrie left the game and is listed as day-to-day with a bruised right calf. He was hurt when he tumbled over the railing chasing a third-inning foul pop, and he landed awkwardly on his back. X-rays were negative, and manager John Farrell said Lawrie should be able to avoid the disabled list. ... RF Anthony Gose went 0-for-3 in his first major league start. Normally a center fielder, Gose will play right field in place of Jose Bautista (wrist) primarily against right-handed pitchers, Farrell said.
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