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American League team-by-team notebook -- Monday, September 3, 2012

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Baltimore: RHP Chris Tillman is slated to undergo an MRI on his right elbow Tuesday. He departed Sunday's start after three innings with discomfort in the elbow. ... RHP Tommy Hunter was recalled from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.), and he will work out of the bullpen. The Orioles also purchased the contract of Zach Phillips, giving them a third left-handed reliever. RHP Jason Berken was designated for assignment to make room for Phillips on the 40-man roster. In his lone major league outing this year, Berken allowed seven runs in one inning.

Boston: RH reliever Chris Carpenter was recalled from Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.), where he went 1-0 with four saves and a 1.15 ERA in 16 appearances. Carpenter, acquired from the Cubs as compensation for executive Theo Epstein leaving Boston for Chicago, missed most of the season after elbow surgery. ... 2B Dustin Pedroia had two hits in the opener at Seattle to extend his hitting streak to 14 games. He's 22-for-57 (.386) with seven doubles, two homers and eight RBI in that span. Pedroia now has 1,001 career hits.

Chicago: DH Adam Dunn was back in the lineup for the series opener against the Twins after missing two consecutive games due to a right side muscle strain. Over the weekend, he had been concerned that the ailment might keep him out for an extended period. ... RHP Gavin Floyd, on the disabled list because of a sore elbow, went through a light bullpen session, but manager Robin Ventura isn't expecting him back anytime soon. "First he has to go out there with no pain, then you kind of go from there," Ventura said.

Cleveland: SS Asdrubal Cabrera returned to the lineup after missing the previous two starts with a sore right wrist, and he went 2-for-3 with two RBI. In his previous 12 games, he was 4-for-39 (.103) with one homer and two RBI. ... RH closer Chris Perez is expected to rejoin the Indians on Tuesday after a stint on the paternity list. He has had only one save situation since Aug. 14, but the Indians had two in the three games he missed over the weekend.

Detroit: RHP Justin Verlander struck out 11 batters Sunday to bump his total to 209, one night after RHP Max Scherzer fanned nine to temporarily take over the major league lead with 204. They are the first Tigers teammates to strike out more than 200 batters in a season since Mickey Lolich and Joe Coleman in 1973. ... CF Austin Jackson got a day off, with CF Quintin Berry starting in his place. "I just want Berry to know he's not a forgotten soul," manager Jim Leyland said. "He did a terrific job for us earlier this year."

Kansas City: LH reliever Everett Teaford, who threw 5 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday in the second game of a doubleheader against the Twins after RHP Luke Hochevar was removed in the second inning, is penciled in to start Wednesday against Texas. Hochevar will start Thursday in the series finale. Rookie LHP Will Smith, 0-3 with a 6.75 ERA in his past three starts, will be skipped a start. ... RF David Lough has hit safely in each of his first three major league games. He is 5-for-14 (.357) with four runs.

Los Angeles: RHP Jered Weaver's right upper arm/triceps area was sore Monday after he was hit there by a line drive Sunday. He's tentatively scheduled to start Friday, but his status will be evaluated daily. "We'll just see how it sets up," manager Mike Scioscia said. ... OF Peter Bourjos was activated from the disabled list after missing the minimum 15 days due to a sore right wrist. He went 9-for-29 (.310) with a double and three triples in seven games on a rehab assignment with Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City).

Minnesota: RH reliever Luis Perdomo and IF Eduardo Escobar will be promoted from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) on Tuesday. Perdomo was a combined 8-5 with nine saves and a 2.60 ERA in 45 appearances for Class AA New Britain (Conn.) and Rochester. Escobar, acquired in the deal that sent LHP Francisco Liriano to the White Sox, hit .217 in 35 games with Rochester. ... Josh Willingham, who sat out Sunday because of a sore right hamstring, returned to action as the designated hitter for the series opener in Chicago.

New York: Alex Rodriguez came off the disabled list and finished 1-for-4 as the designated hitter. The Yankees went 18-18 while he was sidelined due to a broken left hand. ... CF Curtis Granderson returned to action as a pinch hitter, striking out to end the game with the tying run on third base. Granderson left Saturday's game due to a sore left hamstring, and he didn't play Sunday. Manager Joe Girardi expects to have Granderson back in the lineup Tuesday. ... 2B Robinson Cano sustained a minor left hip injury while trying to field a ball in the eighth inning, though he was hopeful that he would be in the lineup Tuesday. "It was grabbing; I didn't hear anything pop, thank God," Cano said.

Oakland: RHP Tyson Ross was recalled from Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.) 10 days after he was demoted, and he will work in long relief the rest of the way. Ross is in his fifth major league stint of the season. ... LH reliever Jordan Norberto, who had a cortisone shot for left shoulder tendinitis a week and a half ago, has not yet played catch or thrown off a mound. Norberto has a 1.69 ERA in 18 appearances after coming off the disabled list June 21. He had missed three weeks due to the same issue.

Seattle: OF Michael Saunders, who was in the lineup Friday but was pulled after one at-bat because of a flare-up of his groin injury, sat out the next three days. Friday's game was his lone appearance since Aug. 24. ... 1B Mike Carp (strained left groin) hit safely in all seven of his rehab games with Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.), going 11-for-29 (.379) with one homer and five RBI. He is likely to be activated Tuesday.

Tampa Bay: RHP Jeff Niemann made it back to the mound Saturday after missing 3 1/2 months with a broken right leg, but he had to leave in the fourth inning due to tightness in his shoulder. Team orthopedist Koco Eaton diagnosed slight rotator cuff inflammation, and Niemann is out indefinitely. ... Manager Joe Maddon was ejected by second base umpire Bob Davidson for arguing an eighth-inning call Monday. "In retrospect, I've heard that Bob was right. Bob, I apologize." Maddon said.

Texas: RHP Yu Darvish became the fourth Japanese native to have a 14-win season in the majors, joining Hideo Nomo (four times), Daisuke Matsuzaka (two times) and Kazuhisa Ishii (once). Darvish needs 12 more strikeouts to become the third Japanese pitcher to reach 200 in a season. Nomo accomplished it four times and Matsuzaka once. ... IF Jurickson Profar, 19, on Sunday became the first player in Texas history to homer in his first at-bat. He is the third teenager to do it, following the Giants' Whitey Lockman, who did it in 1945 at 18, and the Reds' Ted Tappe, who did it at 19 in 1950.

Toronto: LHP Brett Cecil, recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas, was moved to the bullpen, and he threw two innings of one-run ball. Before Monday, he had made 15 minor league appearances and nine major league appearances this year, all as a starter. ... RH reliever Jason Frasor, who had been out since mid-July due to right forearm tightness, was activated from the disabled list. He made two scoreless one-inning rehab appearances for high-A Dunedin (Fla.), striking out four without allowing a hit or a walk.
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