American League team-by-team notebook -- Sunday, September 23, 2012

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Baltimore: 2B Robert Andino, hit by a pitch in the head Friday, was back in the lineup for the series finale at Boston, and he struck out in all three of his at-bats. Andino sat out Saturday's game. ... RH reliever Dylan Bundy, 19, made his major league debut. He entered with one out and a runner on second base in the eighth inning, and he retired the only two batters he faced on fly balls. The last teen to make his debut for Baltimore was Mike Adamson in 1967.

Boston: Unable to swing the bat because of persistent soreness in his surgically repaired shoulder, OF Ryan Kalish isn't likely to play again this season, manager Bobby Valentine said. With Kalish unavailable, the Red Sox recalled OF Che-Hsuan Lin from Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). ... CF Jacoby Ellsbury was listed on the original lineup card, but he was scratched and replaced by Scott Podsednik. Ellsbury missed his third consecutive game with an undisclosed health issue, described by Valentine only as a "situation."

Chicago: Manager Robin Ventura is lobbying for 2B Gordon Beckham and SS Alexei Ramirez to earn Gold Gloves this season. "You want to be strong up the middle," Ventura said. "For us, that's a plus (having) those guys playing up the middle every day." ... RHP Chris Sale is 8-0 with a 1.20 ERA in his past nine home starts. He starts at U.S. Cellular Field on Monday against Cleveland.

Cleveland: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, 9-17 with a 5.55 ERA, has the most losses by an Indians pitcher since Tom Candiotti went 7-18 in 1987. Jimenez is 1-10 with a 6.99 ERA in 14 starts since the All-Star break. ... RH closer Chris Perez is still fourth in the American League with 36 saves despite the Indians going 13-37 since Aug. 1. He has converted each of his past seven save opportunities, but that span extends back more than six weeks.

Detroit: RHP Rick Porcello, skipped over when Friday's game with Minnesota was rained out, will re-enter the rotation Wednesday against Kansas City. RHPs Justin Verlander and Anibal Sanchez will pitch the first two games vs. the Royals, with RHP Doug Fister working Thursday. RHP Max Scherzer will start Friday at Minnesota. ... SS Jhonny Peralta bumped into Alexi Casilla when the Minnesota baserunner was standing on second Saturday, preventing Peralta from catching a high infield popup. Casilla was called out. "I've never seen that (play) in my 49 years in baseball," manager Jim Leyland said.

Kansas City: RF Jeff Francoeur threw out Indians RF Shin-Soo Choo trying to stretch a single into a double in the ninth inning Saturday for his big-league-high 19th outfield assist. He is one shy of the club's single-season record, set by LF Alex Gordon last year. ... DH Billy Butler drove in his 100th run Saturday, then added No. 101 Sunday. He is the first Royal to reach 100 RBI in a season since OF Carlos Beltran in 2003.

Los Angeles: 1B Albert Pujols recorded his 500th career double Saturday. Pujols is one of 19 players in major league history to have 400-plus home runs and 500-plus doubles. He is the only one to do it in the first 12 years of his career. ... LHP C.J. Wilson had a long "strategy meeting" behind closed doors with manager Mike Scioscia after his last start, but he will remain in the rotation and pitch Wednesday against the Mariners. Wilson Wilson is 3-6 with a 5.42 ERA in his past 16 starts.

Minnesota: OF/1B Chris Parmelee flew to California for the birth of his child Thursday. He is expected to be back in Minnesota on Monday in time for the start of a three-game series against the Yankees. ... OF Oswaldo Arcia and RHP B.J. Hermsen were selected the organization's minor league player and pitcher of the year. Arcia, 21, hit .320 with 36 doubles, 17 home runs and 98 RBI in 124 games between high-A Fort Myers (Fla.) and Class AA New Britain (Conn.). Hermsen, 22, was 12-6 with a 2.88 ERA between Fort Myers and New Britain.

New York: 1B Mark Teixeira, who has appeared in one game since Aug. 27 because of a strained calf, flew to Tampa to play in instructional league games, but he still wouldn't commit to a targeted return date. "I am going to take it day by day," he said. ... In his past six games, LF Ichiro Suzuki is 15-for-25 (.600) with two homers, five RBI, six steals and seven runs. "He is locked in right now and playing extremely well," manager Joe Girardi said.

Oakland: CF Coco Crisp hasn't started since Tuesday due to allergic conjunctivitis in both eyes. Manager Bob Melvin said Crisp saw a specialist Sunday and had his eyes dilated, and the team hopes Crisp can play Monday. ... RH reliever Jeremy Accardo was recalled after the A's used eight relievers Saturday. He'd spent the previous few days pitching in the instructional league in Phoenix after going 1-0 with two saves and a 1.17 ERA in seven appearances with Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.).

Seattle: 2B Dustin Ackley came out of Friday's game after three innings due to neck stiffness, and he didn't start Saturday and Sunday. He might be back in the lineup Tuesday. ... After starting the season 3-6 with a 5.92 ERA, RHP Blake Beavan has gone 7-4 with a 3.61 ERA. He credits the improvement to time spent working on his issues at Class AAA Tacoma (Wash.) at midseason and the addition of a pause into his windup and delivery.

Tampa Bay: CF B.J. Upton hit his career-high 26th homer in the first inning. It was his 10th homer in his last 19 games, and his 16th in 41 games since Aug. 11. ... Stephen Vogt started behind the plate for the first time, with manager Joe Maddon giving him the nod to get an additional left-handed bat in the lineup. Vogt went 0-for-2, leaving him hitless in his first 21 major league at-bats, the longest such streak to start a career in Rays history.

Texas: OF Josh Hamilton missed his fifth game in a row due to blurred vision. According to manager Ron Washington, the team will reassess Hamilton's condition Monday before the start of a home series against Oakland. ... With the win in the finale at Seattle, RHP Ryan Dempster improved to 6-1 with a 2.93 ERA in his past seven starts. In his first three appearances with the Rangers, he went 1-1 with an 8.31 ERA.

Toronto: RHP Chad Jenkins pitched well despite taking the loss in his first major league start. He limited the Rays to one run on two hits in five innings. In 10 relief outings since being promoted Aug. 5, he had gone 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA. ... RHP Carlos Villanueva gave up seven runs in 2 1/3 innings Friday, and Saturday he felt more soreness than he usually does after a start. "If that soreness persists, we'll take every measure to identify if there's anything going on there physically," manager John Farrell said.