American League team-by-team notebook -- Monday, September 24, 2012

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Baltimore: LHP Randy Wolf is scheduled to have an MRI exam Tuesday on his sore left elbow. He might also receive a cortisone injection. Manager Buck Showalter said Wolf could be unavailable until at least Friday. ... C Matt Wieters' wife will soon deliver a child, and Showalter said the plan is to have labor induced Thursday -- the team's off day. Wieters started one of Monday's two games, and he has started 19 of 23 games this month.

Boston: DH David Ortiz, eligible for free agency after the season, told the Boston Herald that he will continue to prioritize getting the multiyear contract that eluded him last year. "In my case, it's not even all about the money," Ortiz told the newspaper. ... RHP Clay Buchholz will start Tuesday on regular rest in the opener of a two-game series against the Rays. Buchholz left his last start after seven innings and 94 pitches when his back tightened up, though he maintained it wasn't a big deal.

Chicago: OF Alejandro De Aza was back atop the batting order after getting a day off Sunday despite being on a 10-for-22 (.455) roll. Manager Robin Ventura has been sharing left field and center field among three players, De Aza, Dewayne Wise and Dayan Viciedo. ... LHP Francisco Liriano will make what could be his final start of the regular season Tuesday against Cleveland. However, if he pitches well against the Indians, he might get a start Sunday against the Rays.

Cleveland: CF Michael Brantley didn't start due to a groin injury, and he might be sidelined for a few days. He finished the weekend with a six-game hitting streak, during which he was 9-for-25 (.360). ... IF Jason Donald took batting practice Sunday, the first time he had done so since getting hit in the right wrist by a fastball from Tigers RHP Justin Verlander on Sept. 14. Donald hadn't played since leaving that game early.

Detroit: RH reliever Al Alburquerque will get a few days off after working 2 2/3 scoreless innings in the second game of Sunday's doubleheader. He missed the season's first five months following elbow surgery. "We'll try to not overuse him," manager Jim Leyland said. ... RHP Max Scherzer, who left his previous start due to shoulder fatigue, got by on diminished velocity Sunday. He pitched shutout ball until allowing three runs in the sixth inning. Scherzer hopes to have his 97 mph fastball back when he pitches Friday at Minnesota.

Kansas City: C Salvador Perez, who did not play in the weekend series against the Indians because of bruised and sore hands, returned to the lineup for the series opener at Detroit. Perez went 3-for-24 (.125) on the just-concluded homestand. ... C Adam Moore homered Sunday in his first at-bat as a Royal. It was his sixth major league home run, after he hit five for the Mariners. He is the fourth Royal to homer in his first at-bat, joining Jon Nunnally (1995), Yamil Benitez (1997) and Calvin Pickering (2004).

Los Angeles: CF Mike Trout has three hits in his past 23 at-bats (.130), is batting .256 (20-for-78) in September and .273 (53-for-194) since the start of August. Trout's season average has dropped from .353 to .323 since the end of July. ... RHP Ervin Santana is 5-2 with a 3.08 ERA over his past 10 starts, but the Angels will push him back in the rotation this week. Santana will have seven days off before he starts Saturday in Texas, where he is 6-6 with a 7.08 ERA in 15 career starts.

Minnesota: RH reliever Matt Capps, who had been out since mid-July because of a shoulder injury, was activated from the disabled list. "We'll go day by day with him to see how we're going to use him, an inning here and an inning there," manager Ron Gardenhire said. ... LF Josh Willingham averaged 20 homers in his first five full major league seasons, but he hit 29 for Oakland last year, and he entered play Monday with a career-high 35 this year. "Maybe I'm getting my old-man strength or something," he said.

New York: 1B Mark Teixeira (strained left calf) worked out at the Yankees' complex in Tampa, running the bases and taking ground balls and batting practice. He unlikely to return during the weekend series in Toronto, which has artificial turf. ... RH reliever David Aardsma is expected to be activated Tuesday after rehabbing from Tommy John elbow surgery performed in July 2011. Aardsma signed a one-year deal with a club option for 2013 during spring training. Manager Joe Girardi said he would have to "pick some spots" to get Aardsma back in action.

Oakland: CF Coco Crisp remained out of the starting lineup for the sixth consecutive game due to conjunctivitis, and he has now been examined by three doctors, according to manager Bob Melvin. The timetable for Crisp's return remains uncertain. ... RF Josh Reddick batted seventh, the first time he's hit in the lower third of the order since the second game of the season. Reddick entered play Monday hitless in his past 24 at-bats.

Seattle: LHP Jason Vargas gave up two homers in the space of three hitters Sunday, pushing his homer total to 35, one off the AL lead held by Angels RHP Ervin Santana. Vargas does have 21 quality starts, leaving him tied for the third in the league. ... RH closer Tom Wilhelmsen has not allowed a run in his last 11 1/3 innings, and since Sept. 3, he has limited batters to a collective .103 average (4-for-39) and two walks.

Tampa Bay: RH closer Fernando Rodney has 44 saves, one shy of Rafael Soriano's single-season team record, set in 2010. Rodney, whose ERA is down to 0.64, has allowed one earned run over his last 40 appearances (40 2/3 innings). ... 3B Evan Longoria, who said his swing feels better now than it has at any point since he came off the disabled list Aug. 7, knocked in two runs Sunday to move past Aubrey Huff for third place on the Rays' career list at 450. Carl Crawford is first at 592, and Carlos Pena is second at 464.

Texas: CF Josh Hamilton was back in his customary No. 3 spot in the lineup after sitting out five games due to vision problems. He was diagnosed with dried corneas, a problem he said was caused by excess caffeine and sugar. ... From the start of 2011 through Sunday, 2B Ian Kinsler's .2197 road batting average ranked 83rd among the 84 major-leaguers with at least 500 road at-bats in that time. Cincinnati OF Drew Stubbs was at .2196.

Toronto: The Blue Jays built up their bullpen ahead of the doubleheader at Baltimore, purchasing the contracts of RHPs Shawn Hill and Bobby Korecky from Class AAA Las Vegas. LHP J.A. Happ, who had season-ending right foot surgery Sept. 13, was transferred to the 60-day disabled list to clear a spot on the 40-man roster. ... IF Adeiny Hechavarria went 1-for-3 in the first game of the doubleheader, giving him a seven-game hitting streak. He was hitting .306 (15-for-49) over 16 games in September.

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