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American League team-by-team notebook -- Sunday, August 12, 2012

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Baltimore: CF Adam Jones started the game Sunday as the DH for the first time in his career. OF Nate McLouth replaced him in center field. Jones finished the game in center, though, with McLouth moving to left. They each went 1-for-3 with a run scored. ... RHP Jason Hammel (right knee) is eyeing a return in the first week of September. He was scheduled to throw a full bullpen session Monday. ... IF/OF Ryan Flaherty (bacterial infection) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment this week at Class AAA Norfolk (Va.).

Boston: 3B Will Middlebrooks is out for the season but won't need surgery on his broken right hand. Middlebrooks was injured Friday when he was hit by a fastball from Indians RH reliever Esmil Rogers. It's a non-displaced fracture, meaning it should heal after several weeks in a cast. 3B Danny Valencia, recently acquired from Minnesota, took his roster spot. ... DH David Ortiz (right Achilles) has been taking batting practice and going through agility drills but continues to feel pain in his heel. Ortiz could be reinstated from the disabled list this week.

Chicago: OF Jordan Danks' first career homer Friday gave the White Sox a walk-off win, but he was optioned to Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.) after Sunday's game. The team will announce a roster replacement Monday. ... 1B Paul Konerko went on the seven-day disabled list Friday, but manager Robin Ventura acknowledged that Konerko might not be ready to return in a week because of the uncertainty that comes along with concussions. Ventura said Konerko has had some trouble sleeping. OF Dewayne Wise was called up.

Cleveland: RHP Roberto Hernandez will be activated and will start Wednesday, manager Manny Acta said. It will be Hernandez's first start of the season after missing the first half of the season and then being suspended for three weeks by Major League Baseball as a result of his arrest for identity theft in the Dominican Republic during the offseason. Hernandez, then known as Fausto Carmona, was an AL All-Star in 2010. ... IF Jose Lopez, who had been designated for assignment, cleared waivers and was released.

Detroit: RHP Max Scherzer has won four of his last five decisions, but manager Jim Leyland thinks he could be better. "I know he'll disagree. That's OK. That's the way I feel. I'm paying him a compliment, because he doesn't really realize yet how he good he is," Leyland said. ... RH reliever Brayan Villarreal pitched the ninth inning Saturday because RH closer Jose Valverde and RH reliever Octavio Dotel were unavailable. Villarreal walked two batters and then gave up the game-deciding hit.

Kansas City: OF Jarrod Dyson, who twisted his left ankle Friday at Baltimore, did not play in the final two games of the series against the Orioles. Dyson sprained his ankle while swinging in the eighth inning. ... 3B Mike Moustakas' homer in the fourth inning Sunday at Baltimore gave the Royals a home run in eight straight games. That ties the longest consecutive homer streak of the season. They also homered in eight straight games, May 21-29.

Los Angeles: RH reliever Jordan Walden (biceps strain) started his minor league rehab assignment with Class AAA Salt Lake (Salt Lake City) Saturday night. He gave up four runs (two earned) on three hits in two-thirds of an inning. Walden was scheduled to pitch again Monday and then be re-evaluated. ... OF Mark Trumbo has 29 home runs and 1B Albert Pujols has 24. The Angels have had multiple 30-homer players in just four seasons -- 2000 (Troy Glaus, Mo Vaughn, Garret Anderson, Tim Salmon), 1995 (Salmon, Jim Edmonds), 1982 (Reggie Jackson, Doug DeCinces) and 1979 (Bobby Grich, Don Baylor).

Minnesota: CF Denard Span left Sunday's game with shoulder pain after diving for a double in the sixth inning. X-rays were negative, but manager Ron Gardenhire said he's "pretty sore in his collar bone/shoulder area. We'll just call him day-to-day." ... 3B Trevor Plouffe could play against the Tigers on Monday after missing 21 games because of a sore right thumb, jammed during an at-bat July 20 at Kansas City. Plouffe, second on the Twins with 19 home runs, made a second rehab start with Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) on Sunday.

New York: LHP CC Sabathia went on the disabled list retroactive to Aug. 9 due to an ailing left elbow. Sabathia first felt soreness in his elbow on Aug. 5, but an MRI revealed no damage, so he made his start Wednesday and pitched 6 2/3 innings. Sabathia continued to feel sore after that start, so the Yankees opted to shut him down for 15 days. ... RHP David Phelps will start Monday in Sabathia's spot. Phelps is 0-1 with a 2.08 in three starts this season, but he's thrown 10 2/3 scoreless innings over seven relief appearances since being recalled from the minors on July 18. Phelps is expected to throw between 75 and 80 pitches. ... RH reliever Ryota Igarashi was called up to fill Sabathia's roster spot, but RHP Derek Lowe is expected to join the team Monday. Lowe, 39, agreed to terms with the Yankees over the weekend after being released Friday by the Indians, for whom he was 8-10 with a 5.52 ERA in 21 starts this year.

Oakland: 3B Brandon Inge dislocated his right shoulder Saturday, popped it back into place himself and drove in the go-ahead run the next inning. However, he will fly back to Oakland on Monday for an MRI. Manager Bob Melvin acknowledged Inge might be sidelined for a while. ... RH reliever Ryan Cook temporarily has been moved out of the closer role after blowing four of his last eight save chances. Manager Bob Melvin said he wants him to pitch in situations that have less pressure. RH reliever Grant Balfour, who opened the season as Oakland's closer, got the save Saturday.

Seattle: RH closer Tom Wilhelmsen pitched the ninth inning of Saturday's 7-4 win over the Angels just hours after rejoining the team in Anaheim. He was with wife Cassie at the birth of the couple's first child, a girl. Wilhelmsen said he was "running on fumes" when he entered the game, but after giving up a leadoff homer, he reverted to form and got the next three batters. ... CF Franklin Gutierrez will see a specialist this week to see if they can come up with an explanation for his headaches, which persist six weeks after he was hit in the head by a pickoff throw at first base.

Tampa Bay: LHP David Price tied for the major league lead with his 15th victory Saturday and also logged his 10th consecutive start of seven or more innings and his 10th straight quality start. That tied the team record held by RHP Julio Santana from the team's inaugural season, 1998. ... IF/OF Ben Zobrist handled himself well in his first three games of the season at shortstop, and it appears it is going to become more of a semi-regular occurrence. Manager Joe Maddon praised Zobrist for how he handled the position, which he hadn't played since 2009.

Texas: The Rangers placed C Mike Napoli on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained right quadriceps that has been an issue for several weeks. The Rangers replaced him with C Luis Martinez, but C Geovany Soto will get the majority of the at-bats. Soto is hitting .192 (5-for-26) since joining the Rangers on July 31. ... OF Josh Hamilton matched his career high with his 32nd home run of the season on Sunday. Hamilton has more RBI in August (15) than he had in July (11) and is hitting .319 (15-for-47) this month after batting .177 (14-for-79) in July.

Toronto: IF Adeiny Hechavarria, a shortstop his whole minor league career, made his first major league start at shortstop Sunday (1-for-3). His six previous starts since being called up from Class AAA Las Vegas had been at third base. He replaced SS Yunel Escobar, who has a sore left elbow after being hit twice by pitches Saturday. ... IF Mike McCoy was called up from Class AAA Las Vegas and started at second base Sunday. He went 1-for-5 and moved to shortstop when 2B Kelly Johnson replaced Hechavarria in the seventh inning.
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