Boston: RH reliever Daniel Bard joined the team in Anaheim, and he is expected to be activated Thursday, the Boston Herald and Boston Globe reported. Bard, who struggled as a major league starter earlier this season, went 3-2 with a 7.03 ERA in 31 appearances (one start) for Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). ... RH reliever Clayton Mortensen was optioned to Class AA Portland (Maine) to clear a roster spot for RHP Zach Stewart, who was called up to start against the Angels. Mortensen was 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 19 appearances. Chicago: RHP Jake Peavy had a right eye infection treated at a Baltimore hospital Tuesday. "It's just very red, and it doesn't look good," manager Robin Ventura said. Peavy's next start had previously been pushed back from Wednesday to Friday. ... LHP Francisco Liriano admitted after his Monday start that he was battling left leg cramps. However, he subsequently resumed his normal work routine, keeping him in line for a Saturday start against the Tigers. Cleveland: RHP Jeanmar Gomez was recalled from Class AAA Columbus (Ohio) to help an overworked relief corps. Gomez began the season in the Cleveland rotation but was 4-7 with a 5.18 ERA in 14 games (13 starts) when he was demoted June 25. With Columbus, Gomez was 6-5 with a 4.41 ERA in 11 starts. OF Shelley Duncan (.203, 11 homers, 31 RBI in 81 games) was designated for assignment. ... LH reliever Scott Maine was claimed off waivers from the Cubs and optioned to Columbus. In 21 appearances with the Cubs, Maine went 1-1 with a 4.79 ERA. He might get a September call-up. Detroit: RHP Doug Fister, who missed his last start because of a strained groin muscle, turned in a pain-free bullpen session Tuesday. He feels he'll be able to make his scheduled start Friday against the White Sox. ... Nick Castellanos will continue his shift from third base to right field in the Arizona Fall League. A top prospect with Class AA Erie (Pa.), Castellanos has seen his offense fall off since moving from third base to the outfield at midseason. He was hitting .200 in his past 25 games through Tuesday. Kansas City: LF Alex Gordon went 0-for-8 over his first two games as the No. 3 hitter in mid-August, then began a hot streak. In his past 10 games through Tuesday, Gordon hit .390 (16-for-41) with 11 RBI. "He's swinging the bat real well, driving in more runs, having the opportunity to drive in more runs," manager Ned Yost said. ... 3B Mike Moustakas went 3-for-5 with three RBI on Tuesday in the opening game of a homestand. In the preceding seven-game road trip, Moustakas went 1-for-23. Los Angeles: CF Mike Trout, 21, became the first rookie in history and the youngest player ever to have at least 25 home runs and at least 40 stolen bases in a season when he hit his 25th homer Tuesday. The Angels have three players with at least 25 home runs (UT Mark Trumbo, 1B Albert Pujols and Trout) for the first time since 2000 and the fifth time in franchise history. ... RHP Zack Greinke will make his seventh start with the Angels at home Thursday against Boston. Greinke is 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA in three starts at Angel Stadium, 1-0 with a 5.03 ERA in three road starts with his new team. Minnesota: RH reliever Jeff Gray was outrighted to Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) as the Twins cut the size of their pitching staff from 13 to 12. Gray was 6-1 with a 5.71 ERA in 49 appearances. The Twins recalled 1B Chris Parmelee from Rochester for his fourth major league stint of the season. Parmelee hit .338 with 17 homers and 49 RBI in 64 Class AAA games. ... LHP Scott Diamond, who lost his Tuesday start to the Mariners, dropped the appeal of his six-game suspension the next day. The penalty, issued by Major League Baseball, stems from a pitch he threw behind the head of Texas OF Josh Hamilton on Aug. 23. New York: LHP Andy Pettitte (fractured lower left leg) said he felt good a day after throwing off flat ground. The Yankees hope to have him resume throwing off a bullpen mound at some point this weekend with an eye toward getting him back in the rotation in late September. ... 3B Alex Rodriguez (broken left hand) resumed taking batting practice Tuesday. The Yankees would like him to play in a few minor league games, possibly as early as this weekend, although no schedule has been announced. Oakland: 3B Brandon Inge (sprained right shoulder) will not rejoin the A's until Friday, when the A's return to Oakland, or Saturday, when rosters expand. Inge, who had been eligible to come off the disabled list Monday, was 4-for-17 (.235) through Tuesday during his rehab assignment with Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.). ... CF Coco Crisp returned to lineup after missing one game with a bruised right foot. He entered play Wednesday batting .304 in 56 games (54 starts) since moving to the leadoff spot. Seattle: Mike Carp was the designated hitter for Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.) on Monday and Tuesday, and he went a combined 2-for-8 in his first two rehab games. He'll get more starts at DH, but sometime this week, he is expected to begin playing first base as his groin strain improves. ... When Michael Saunders (groin) returns to the lineup, he'll no longer be the center fielder, with Franklin Gutierrez having reclaimed that spot. Saunders will split time between left field and right field, manager Eric Wedge said. Tampa Bay: OF Matt Joyce, who left Tuesday's game when he felt a muscle grab in his left arm on a check swing, was diagnosed with a forearm strain. He is doubtful for Thursday's game but might be back Friday, manager Joe Maddons said. ... Tuesday's defeat at Texas was the Rays' fourth 1-0 loss in August, making Tampa Bay the first AL team to lose 1-0 four times in a calendar month since the White Sox did so in July 1955. The last major league team to accomplish the unwanted feat was the Astros in August 1969. Texas: RF Nelson Cruz, hit in the left elbow by a changeup from Rays RHP James Shields in the fifth inning Tuesday, left the game after eight innings. X-rays showed no fractures, and Cruz was back in the lineup Wednesday. ... RHP Yu Darvish has thrown three consecutive quality starts (six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs) for the first time since he had a streak of four in a row from April 19-May 6. "Right now, the only thing he's concerned about is impressing Yu Darvish. And once he does that, it impresses everyone else," manager Ron Washington said. Toronto: LHP Ricky Romero has lost 11 consecutive decisions, a single-season franchise record. In 12 starts since his last victory, June 22 at Miami, Romero has a 7.16 ERA, and opponent are batting .300 against him while posting a .403 on-base percentage. However, Romero limited the Yankees to two runs in seven innings Tuesday. ... RHP Jason Frasor (right forearm tightness) is on schedule to pitch in a minor league game by the weekend, manager John Farrell said. Frasor has pitched off a mound five times since landing on the disabled list in mid-July.
- Jim Thome