American League notebook -- Monday, May 28, 2012

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Baltimore: IF Mark Reynolds, who missed 16 games due to a strained left side muscle, was activated from the disabled list. He went a combined 1-for-7 in two rehab games with Class AA Bowie (Md.). The Orioles cleared a roster spot by placing RH reliever Stu Pomeranz on the DL due to a left side muscle injury. He was hurt while warming up Sunday. ... LHP Zach Britton (left shoulder impingement) allowed two unearned runs in five innings Sunday in a rehab start for Bowie. He is expected to make one more rehab start before the club determines whether he'll join the Orioles or Class AAA Norfolk (Va.).

Boston: 2B Dustin Pedroia left the game after five innings because of a jammed right thumb, and he will be re-evaluated Tuesday. "I don't think he'll play (Tuesday) if I was a betting man," manager Bobby Valentine said, "but don't bet on it." ... OF Ryan Sweeney was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list before the game, and he had three hits in the series opener against Detroit. OF Che-Hsuan Lin was optioned to Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.) after going 1-for-5 in six games with the Red Sox.

Chicago: 3B Brent Morel began testing his back over the weekend, taking grounders and making throws to first base. Morel has been sidelined since May 18 due to a lumbar back strain, and the team plans to be cautious with his recovery. ... LHP John Danks said his sore left shoulder was already feeling better, and he expects to come off the disabled list on schedule June 5. GM Ken Williams said Danks might not have to make a minor league rehab start before rejoining the major league rotation.

Cleveland: 3B Jack Hannahan, who missed 11 games due to a lower back soreness before returning to action Saturday, was placed on the disabled list because of a strained left calf. 3B Lonnie Chisenhall was recalled from Class AAA Columbus (Ohio), where he had hit .324 with four home runs and 17 RBI in 28 games. ... RH reliever Jairo Asencio was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for RHP Josh Tomlin, who was activated from the DL after missing three weeks with right wrist tendinitis. Asencio was 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA in 18 relief appearances.

Detroit: DH Delmon Young may miss the Tuesday night game in Boston because he's due in Manhattan court earlier in the day for a hearing in relation to his April 27 arrest. He was charged with misdemeanor aggravated harassment that entails targeting someone for his or her religious beliefs. Young could face up to a year in jail if convicted. ... CF Quintin Berry is the first Tiger to hit safely in each of his first six major league games since at least 1918. Enjoying the big-league amenities, Berry said, "No more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches."

Kansas City: CF Jarrod Dyson returned to the starting lineup after missing one game with a bruised right hamstring, which he sustained in a collision Saturday with LF Alex Gordon at Baltimore. Dyson, however, was dropped to eighth in the batting order for the first time. ... LHP Jonathan Sanchez is scheduled to make his first minor league rehab start Tuesday for Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.). He will be on a 75-pitch count. Sanchez has been out since May 8 due to left biceps tendinitis.

Los Angeles: OF Torii Hunter worked out with the team Sunday in Seattle and Monday in Anaheim, and he could be activated from the restricted list for Tuesday's game. Hunter had been away for two weeks following the arrest of one of his sons in connection with a sexual-assault investigation at a Dallas-area high school. ... RH reliever Ernesto Frieri had thrown 11 hitless innings through Sunday since he was acquired from San Diego on May 3, the first pitcher to allow no hits through his first 11 innings with a club since Tim Harikkala did so with the Rockies in 2004. Frieri's 23 strikeouts were the most ever by an Angels pitcher in his first 11 innings with the team.

Minnesota: GM Terry Ryan announced that RHP Jason Marquis had cleared waivers and was released. The Twins signed the Marquis to a one-year, $3 million deal in December, and he went 2-4 with an 8.47 ERA in seven starts. ... RHP Carl Pavano said he's regaining strength in his shoulder and doesn't anticipate getting a cortisone shot. Pavano has been working with a deep-tissue specialist on off days, and the Twins gave him six days off before his last start, a 6-3 loss to the Tigers on Saturday. He gave up six runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.

New York: C Russell Martin was back in the lineup after missing two games due to a stiff neck. Through the weekend, Martin had hit .133 (6-for-45) with one homer and three RBI in his past 16 games. ... SS Derek Jeter's first-inning single Sunday was the 3,155th hit of his career, moving him past Hall of Famer George Brett for sole possession of 14th place on the all-time list. "I've always had a lot of respect for George Brett and what he was able to accomplish," Jeter said. In 13th place: Cal Ripken Jr., with 3,184.

Oakland: 3B Brandon Inge, who had been out since May 13 due to a groin strain, came off the disabled list. C Anthony Recker was optioned to Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.), leaving 3B Josh Donaldson to serve as the backup to C Kurt Suzuki. Recker had hit .129 (4-for-31) in 13 games. ... LHP Travis Blackley allowed one run in five innings, getting a no-decision in his first major league start since 2007. He was inserted in the rotation in place of RHP Graham Godfrey, who was optioned to Sacramento on Sunday after going 0-4 with a 6.43 ERA in five games (four stats).

Seattle: CF Franklin Gutierrez (pectoral muscle, plantar fasciitis) successfully went through a long workout Sunday. His next step is to go to Arizona to get in some simulated games before heading out on a rehab assignment. ... For the second consecutive outing, RHP Hector Noesi threw eight innings of three-run ball Sunday. And for the second time in a row, Noesi took the loss. Over six starts in May, Noesi went 1-4 despite a 3.43 ERA. "It's fun to watch his progress," manager Eric Wedge said.

Tampa Bay: C Jose Lobaton was activated from the disabled list, started at designated hitter, and delivered his first RBI in the majors. Lobaton had been out since April 13 due to right shoulder soreness. C Chris Gimenez was optioned to Class AAA Durham (N.C.) after hitting .191 in 24 games. ... OF Desmond Jennings (left knee sprain) might rejoin the lineup at the end of next week under a timetable laid out by manager Joe Maddon. Jennings ran arcs on the edge of the infield dirt, but he still has to handle running the bases and sliding before going on a weeklong minor league rehab assignment.

Texas: OF Josh Hamilton did not start the series opener against Seattle due to an upper-respiratory ailment. He is day-to-day. ... RHP Yu Darvish made it through only five innings while battling a stomach illness Sunday on a 91-degree day. Darvish said the illness also may have played a part in his back stiffening slightly. He still picked up his seventh win, tying him for the AL lead.

Toronto: RH reliever Chad Beck's major league stay lasted one day, and he was optioned back to Class AAA Las Vegas without having appeared in a game. LHP Aaron Laffey was recalled from Las Vegas, where he went 2-5 with a 4.88 ERA in nine starts. The Blue Jays will use him in a relief role. ... SS Yunel Escobar left Sunday's game after the fifth inning due to tightness in his left groin, and he was out of the starting lineup the next day. He is day-to-day. ... 2B Kelly Johnson, who missed two games because of a hamstring injury, returned to the leadoff role for the series opener against Baltimore.

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