American League team-by-team notebook -- Wednesdsay, September 26, 2012

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Baltimore: With OF Lew Ford nursing a groin injury, the Orioles purchased the contract of UT Bill Hall, who went 2-for-9 for Baltimore earlier this season. LHP Randy Wolf was placed on the 60-day disabled list due to a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. ... RHP Jason Hammel, out since leaving his Sept. 11 start due to a sore right knee, threw a bullpen session Tuesday. His next action might be a simulated game, but the timetable for his return to the Orioles is uncertain.

Boston: Former team captain Jason Varitek is close to agreeing to a position with the organization, the Boston Herald and Boston Globe reported. However, both reports indicated he is unlikely to be the manager or a member of the coaching staff next year. ... RHP Zach Stewart will get a start Sunday at Baltimore. In his lone appearance for the Red Sox after being acquired in the June trade that sent 3B Kevin Youkilis to the White Sox, Stewart allowed nine runs in three innings Aug. 29 at Anaheim.

Chicago: The White Sox discussed pitching LHP Chris Sale on three days' rest Friday against the Rays, but Sale will instead go on the standard four days' rest Saturday. The change was facilitated when LHP Hector Santiago was given a spot start Wednesday against the Indians, pushing back the other starters. ... Manager Robin Ventura, on potentially shaking up the lineup with the team in a slump: "We've gotten to this point by playing a certain way, and you don't necessarily want to change everything because we run into a skid."

Cleveland: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez has been shut down for the season due to a sprained right ankle. Jimenez (9-17) is the major league leader in losses, and his 5.55 ERA ranks 89th among the 91 pitchers who qualify for the ERA title. ... LH reliever Rafael Perez had left shoulder surgery, and he should be ready for spring training, the team reported. Perez, who was out since late April, finishes the season 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA in eight games.

Detroit: RH closer Jose Valverde has hired Scott Boras as his agent heading into free agency at the end of the season. He is finishing a contract that included two seasons at $7 million apiece with a club option the Tigers picked up for $9 million this year. ... 2B Omar Infante hits second against left-handers and eighth or ninth against right-handers. "I'm fine with it," Infante said. "It's all the same to me."

Kansas City: 2B Johnny Giavotella, who was in a 5-for-32 (.156) slump, was out of the lineup. Irving Falu, who had gone 8-for-14 (.571) in his past four major league games dating back to July 1, got the start at second base. ... LHP Bruce Chen lost Tuesday despite allowing two runs in 6 2/3 innings. He has six quality starts (six or more innings, three or fewer earned runs) in his past 10 outings but is 4-4 with a 4.10 ERA in that span.

Los Angeles: RHP Zack Greinke fanned 13 Mariners in five innings Tuesday. He became the first pitcher since 1900 to strike out at least 13 in a start that lasted five innings or less. The Angels struck out 20 on the night, tying the major league record for a nine-inning game. ... CF Mike Trout scored two runs Tuesday, giving him 124 runs on the season, matching the club record set by Vladimir Guerrero in 2004. Guerrero won the AL MVP award that year.

Minnesota: RHP Samuel Deduno left in the second inning due to left eye irritation. "They were throwing the ball back to him from first base and from the catcher, and he just kept looking like he was kind of dodging away from the ball," manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... PH Chris Herrmann collected his first major league hit in the ninth inning, an infield single. He had been 0-for-10 since his promotion from the minors Sept. 14.

New York: 3B Alex Rodriguez was scratched from the lineup as a precaution due to a bruised left foot. Rodriguez fouled a ball off his foot during Tuesday's game. ... 3B Eric Chavez touched third base for a forceout in the fifth inning, then began to jog off the field with the ball. He was halfway to the dugout before realizing there were only two outs in the inning.

Oakland: Major League Baseball has changed LHP Travis Blackley's status to acknowledge that he is a rookie, giving the A's an all-rookie five-man rotation. The confusion arose over Blackley because he spent a full season on the Mariners' disabled list in 2005. ... RF Josh Reddick was back in the lineup after sitting out one start. He lined out as a pinch hitter Tuesday, extending his slump to 0-for-28.

Seattle: 1B Justin Smoak homered from both sides of the plate Tuesday, becoming the fourth Mariner to do so. The others: Larry Milbourne in 1978, Donnie Scott in 1985 and David Segui in 1998. ... OF Michael Saunders was back at home in Colorado to be with his wife upon the birth of the couple's first child, a girl, Tuesday morning. There was no set schedule for his return.

Tampa Bay: C Jose Molina came out of Tuesday's game due to a right quad strain, and he didn't start the next day. Molina might be able to return to the lineup this weekend in Chicago, according to manager Joe Maddon. ... LHP David Price and James Shields are the seventh set of teammates in major league history to have back-to-back seasons of 200 strikeouts. By earning his 19th win Tuesday, Price tied his franchise single-season record, set in 2010.

Texas: RHP Yu Darvish missed his scheduled start Tuesday due to a sore neck, but he is expected to be available to return no later than Sunday. Darvish is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA over his past five starts. ... RH reliever Tanner Scheppers, who hadn't pitched in exactly a week due to a bruised right knee, returned to action Tuesday. He retired the only batter he faced to finish the 10th inning.

Toronto: According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Blue Jays had never used six pitchers to throw a shutout before this season, when they've accomplished the feat twice. They beat the Phillies 3-0 on June 15 in a game that RHP Drew Hutchison left in the first inning with an elbow injury. LHP Aaron Laffey and five relievers blanked the Orioles 4-0 Tuesday. ... RH reliever Sergio Santos (shoulder surgery in July) is rehabbing three days a week in California, manager John Farrell said. Santos is expected to be ready for spring training.

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