Baltimore: 1B Nick Johnson was placed on the disabled list due to a right wrist sprain. He has undergone multiple surgeries on the wrist. LF Xavier Avery was promoted from Class AAA Norfolk (Va.) and immediately inserted in the lineup. Avery hit .217 in 15 games for the Orioles earlier this season. ... LH reliever J.C. Romero has an opt-out clause in his contract, and the Orioles must determine whether to promote him from Norfolk by the All-Star break. Romero, 36, hadn't allowed a run in 10 1/3 innings for Norfolk through Wednesday.
Boston: LF Carl Crawford is 2-for-9 through three rehab games in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League. Crawford has been out all season, first following left wrist surgery and then due to a strained left elbow. CF Jacoby Ellsbury (dislocated shoulder) is due to join the GCL team Friday. ... 1B Adrian Gonzalez hit .333 (12-for-36) during the nine-game homestand that ended Wednesday, an improvement over the .260 average he had when the team returned home. "Adrian is as aggressive as he was before, but he's been a little more selective, and he's hitting the ball hard now," manager Bobby Valentine said.
Chicago: LH reliever Will Ohman allowed three runs in two innings Wednesday, then was designated for assignment after the game. In 32 appearances this season, he was 0-2 with a 6.41 ERA. LH reliever Leyson Septimo, 26, was promoted from Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.), where he was 2-1 with one save and a 1.48 ERA in 21 games. ... Alex Rios has played well defensively this season after being moved from center field, where he spent the past two seasons, to right field, his primary position the previous six years. "It's my spot," Rios said of right field.
Cleveland: LH reliever Scott Barnes was optioned to Columbus (Ohio) to make room on the roster for RHP Zach McAllister, who was recalled from the Class AAA club to start at Baltimore. Barnes had no decisions and a 7.71 ERA in five appearances for Cleveland. ... IF Nick Hamilton, who hit .337 for Kent State, which made it to the College World Series for the first time in school history, signed with the Indians. Hamilton, the son of Indians radio voice Tom Hamilton, was the team's 35th-round draft pick this month. He has been assigned to the Indians' rookie-level Arizona League affiliate.
Detroit: The Tigers are joining the growing number of teams adding a second hitting coach to their major league team, with minor league hitting coordinator Toby Harrah arriving to help Lloyd McClendon. "We think they are a good combination," GM Dave Dombrowski said. ... DH Victor Martinez probably can't play for the Tigers until mid-September at the earliest, according to trainer Kevin Rand, despite a positive report from an MRI on Martinez's injured left knee. "At this point in time, his single-leg strength on that side isn't where it needs to be to begin running," Rand said.
Kansas City: RHP Felipe Paulino, who has a torn ulnar collateral ligament, will undergo surgery Tuesday in Los Angeles. Dr. Lewis Yocum will perform the operation. It will be the fourth Tommy John procedure on a Royals pitcher this year, following operations for RH relievers Joakim Soria and Blake Wood and LHP Danny Duffy. ... OF Lorenzo Cain moved his rehab assignment to Class AAA Omaha (Papillion, Neb.) on Wednesday, and he went 1-for-4 with a homer. He was previously rehabbing in Class AA. Cain has been out since April 11 with groin and hip injuries.
Los Angeles: OF Mike Trout's .344 average through Wednesday was the third-highest through his team's 75 games by a player under the age of 21, according to STATS LLC. The highest was Al Kaline's .373 average in 1955. Kaline went on to become the youngest batting champion in history that year. ... With his victory Wednesday, RHP Jered Weaver became the seventh pitcher to register 90 wins with the Angels. His winning percentage (.652) is the best in franchise history among pitchers with 50-plus decisions.
Minnesota: RH closer Matt Capps had a cortisone shot in his inflamed right shoulder Monday, and he reported excellent results Wednesday. An MRI exam revealed no structural damage, and Capps expressed optimism that will be ready to return from the disabled list when he is eligible on July 9. ... 1B Justin Morneau, who is 2-for-19 in his past five games, is batting .229 on the season. "You have to be better than what I've been, that's for sure," he said.
New York: RH reliever Ryota Igarashi was recalled from Class AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Moosic, Pa.) to fill the roster spot of LHP Andy Pettitte, who went on the 60-day disabled list due to a fractured left ankle. Igarashi had made one appearance for the Yankees earlier this season, allowing one run in one inning. He was 1-1 with two saves and a 2.61 ERA in nine appearances for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. ... C Russell Martin was out of the lineup again due to back stiffness. He missed three games before returning to action Wednesday, but he wasn't able to move freely during the game.
Oakland: CF Coco Crisp led off Wednesday's game with a homer, and DH Yoenis Cespedes homered in the seventh inning of the Athletics' 2-1 win at Seattle. It was the first time in team history the A's have won a game with two hits, both of which were homers. ... LHP Brett Anderson threw off a mound Wednesday for the second time in a week, and he'll do it again Sunday in Texas. He's not giving a timetable for his return, and neither is manager Bob Melvin. The one-year anniversary of his Tommy John surgery is July 14.
Seattle: RHP Kevin Millwood, who left Wednesday's game against the A's in the third inning after experiencing pain again in his right groin, threw on the field before Thursday's game, MLB.com reported. He also came out of his June 8 start after six no-hit innings because of groin trouble. ... The Mariners lost two of three to Oakland despite allowing just five runs in the series. "It's frustrating, because I think we are a much better hitting team than this," manager Eric Wedge said.
Tampa Bay: DH Luke Scott was activated from the disabled list after missing 2 1/2 weeks due to mid-back spasms, and he started and hit cleanup. He went 3-for-8 with two homers during a two-game rehab assignment with Class AAA Durham (N.C.). RHP Chris Archer, 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA in two starts, was optioned to Durham. ... LF Desmond Jennings, who was dropped to the No. 7 spot in the batting order the previous two days, returned to the leadoff spot for the series opener against Detroit. Jennings went 3-for-4 Wednesday, breaking out of a 1-for-17 slump.
Texas: LHP Derek Holland (left shoulder fatigue) allowed one run in three innings Wednesday for Class AAA Round Rock (Texas) in his first rehab start. He is scheduled for another rehab start Monday and likely one more after that as he builds up to 100 pitches. ... In Wednesday's 13-9 win over Detroit, RHP Roy Oswalt allowed 13 hits in six innings. It was a career high in hits for Oswalt, who said, "Sometimes I get in a habit of throwing too many strikes."
Toronto: RHP Henderson Alvarez is still on track to make his regular start Saturday after coming out of his Monday start due to right elbow stiffness. He did some long-tossing Thursday and said he felt good. An MRI performed Tuesday showed only mild inflammation of the elbow. ... RH reliever Carlos Villanueva (2-0, 3.24 ERA) is scheduled to make his first start of the season Friday against the Angels. His longest outing of the season was 4 1/3 innings on May 25, when he allowed five hits and two runs at Texas.