American League team-by-team notebook -- Tuesday, August 21, 2012

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Baltimore: 1B Mark Reynolds was fined but not suspended for his comments about the umpires after his ejection Friday, The Baltimore Sun reported, citing industry sources. Reynolds said Friday that umpires have a "screw the Orioles" mentality. ... LHP Troy Patton said he's not making significant progress in his recovery from an ankle injury. Patton, who injured his ankle away from the ballpark, is eligible to return on Monday but is unlikely to do so.

Boston: OF Daniel Nava (sprained left wrist) was activated from the disabled list to replace Carl Crawford, who was placed on the DL and is scheduled to undergo wrist surgery Thursday. RH reliever Vicente Padilla (biceps) also was activated from the DL, and 3B Danny Valencia was optioned to Class AAA Pawtucket (R.I.). ... SS Jose Iglesias went into Tuesday batting .348 with five doubles and a .423 on-base percentage in his last 18 games at Pawtucket to raise his season average to .269. "His at-bats have really been improved all year," GM Ben Cherington said.

Chicago: OF Alejandro De Aza (bruised left ribs) was placed on the disabled list, retroactive to Saturday, and OF Jordan Danks was recalled from Class AAA Charlotte (Fort Mill, S.C.). De Aza was injured while stealing a base Friday. ... OF Dewayne Wise, De Aza's replacement while he's out, was 9-for-30 (.300) with three homers and nine RBI in his first seven games back with the White Sox after being signed in late July. "He comes in and knows his role," GM Ken Williams said. "But he competes offensively and defensively and is an aggressive player that we were familiar with and knew if something happened, he fit the bill."

Cleveland: RHP Ubaldo Jimenez struck out eight and walked one Monday but was still unable to pitch six innings; he was removed after 5 2/3 innings and 98 pitches. He got a no-decision and has won just one of his last eight starts. ... LH reliever Tony Sipp gave up his seventh home run of the season Monday, a two-run shot by Seattle's Michael Saunders in the seventh inning that was the difference in a 5-3 loss. Sipp gave up 10 homers in 2011 and 12 in 2010.

Detroit: RHP Doug Fister pitched Sunday with a tight right groin muscle, manager Jim Leyland said, and is questionable for his next start. "I'm a little worried," Leyland said. Fister reported the tightness after his third warmup pitch but said it didn't affect his outing. ... LF Ryan Raburn (sprained right thumb) is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment today at Class AAA Toledo (Ohio). Leyland said Raburn will play mostly left field.

Kansas City: C Salvador Perez, who missed the first three months of the season after having knee surgery in spring training, had thrown out eight of the last 16 attempted base stealers through Monday after giving up six steals in seven attempts in his first four starts off the disabled list. He also was hitting .375 (6-for-16) in a four-game hitting streak. ... SS Alcides Escobar's eight-game hitting streak ended Monday. The final five hits of the streak failed to leave the infield, and Escobar ranked second in the league through Monday with 31 infield hits.

Los Angeles: RHP Jered Weaver lost his last two starts, his first back-to-back losses since May 2011. His next start is scheduled for tonight at Fenway Park, where he is 1-3 with a 7.16 ERA in six career starts. That's his highest ERA at any stadium. ..., Angels starting pitchers had a combined ERA of 3.49 with 47 quality starts in the first 76 games of the season. In the 46 games since before Tuesday, they had a 5.71 ERA and only 19 quality starts.

Minnesota: RHP Liam Hendriks was recalled from Class AAA Rochester (N.Y.) to start today's game. Hendriks was 9-3 with a 2.20 ERA at Rochester. ... RHP Carl Pavano (shoulder) had his latest rehab start pushed back so he can visit orthopedic specialist Dr. David Altchek in New York. Altchek has performed shoulder and elbow surgery on Pavano. "He just wants to make sure there's nothing in there that's inhibiting him," assistant GM Rob Antony said.

New York: LHP CC Sabathia (elbow) threw 38 pitches in a bullpen session and said he's ready to come off the disabled list for his start on Friday. But manager Joe Girardi wouldn't commit to it just yet. "It's possible," Girardi said. ... RH reliever Joba Chamberlain pitched in his 200th career game Monday, but his recent struggles continued. Chamberlain allowed one run on two hits in 2/3 of an inning and had a 9.45 ERA in seven games since returning from a 14-month absence. He had allowed 15 hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings.

Oakland: 2B Jemile Weeks was optioned to Class AAA Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.), a surprising move despite Weeks' season-long slump. Weeks, the A's second baseman since June 2011, hit .220 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 113 games. His .302 slugging percentage is the second lowest in the league. ... OF Seth Smith (left hamstring) was activated from the disabled list, and LH reliever Jordan Norberto was placed on the Dl because of shoulder tendinitis. Norberto had a 1.69 ERA in 18 appearances since a DL stint in June for a left shoulder strain.

Seattle: LF Trayvon Robinson recorded 10 putouts Monday, setting a team record for outs recorded by a left fielder. It's one shy of the overall team record, held by CF Ken Griffey Jr. ... RHP Kevin Millwood on Monday didn't strike out a batter in a start for the first time this season but finished with his fifth quality start in eight starts since the All-Star break. He got a no-decision and has just one win since the All-Star break. His last start without a strikeout was in 2007.

Tampa Bay: DH Luke Scott (mid-back tightness) was activated from the disabled list, and IF Sean Rodriguez was optioned to Class AAA Durham (N.C.). With Scott back, Evan Longoria played third base for the first time since returning from the disabled list. Longoria, who missed 85 games because of a partially torn left hamstring, had been the DH since returning Aug. 7. ... C Jose Molina's nine-game hitting streak through Monday was the second longest of his career. Manager Joe Maddon said, "He's a veteran, he has been through this before. He likes it, he knows what it feels like."

Texas: OF Nelson Cruz, who moved into the No. 5 spot in the lineup in early August, was hitting .386 with a .460 on-base percentage over his last 14 games through Monday. Cruz's double Monday was his 32nd of the season, a career high. ... 2B Ian Kinsler will remain in the leadoff spot despite a long slump, manager Ron Washington said. Kinsler took a 4-for-41 streak with only two walks into Tuesday's game.

Toronto: 3B Brett Lawrie (rib) was shut down for at least a week after he had a setback during his rehab assignment at high-A Dunedin (Fla.). RF Jose Bautista (wrist) and Adam Lind (back) continued their rehab assignments and could rejoin the Blue Jays by the weekend. ... RHP Brandon Morrow (strained left side) is on schedule to return to the Blue Jays rotation Saturday. He completed his rehab assignment Sunday at Class AA (Manchester) New Hampshire.

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