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Briefs: Liriano's first start since no-no pushed back

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BOSTON -- Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano will wait another day to follow up his no-hitter, having his next start pushed back because of flu symptoms and a sore throat.

Liriano threw a no-hitter against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night for the first this season in the majors.

"I'll be back on Tuesday," he said Sunday morning before the Twins faced the Red Sox. "I'm feeling good, feel fine."

Detroit's Justin Verlander pitched the second no-hitter of the season Saturday against the Blue Jays in Toronto.

Liriano, who struggled early in the season before the no-hitter, will face the Detroit Tigers at Target Field. He was originally scheduled to pitch the series finale in Boston on Monday, but stayed at the hotel Friday night when he wasn't feeling well.

He treated Sunday like an off day, lifting weights and stretching. Full story

Red Sox put Scutaro on DL, call up Iglesias

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox have placed shortstop Marco Scutaro on the 15-day disabled list with a strained oblique and called up infielder Jose Iglesias from Triple-A Pawtucket.

The moves were made before the game against the Minnesota Twins.

Manager Terry Francona said Scutaro had been bothered by sore left side the past few days and went for an MRI exam Sunday morning.

He played 20 games at short, starting 17, hitting .235 with one home run and eight RBI.

Pirates 3B Alvarez ailing, but not DL-bound

Pedro Alvarez hasn't played since Tuesday, when he left the Pirates' game early due to an injury to his right quadriceps. He did take batting practice Friday but was unable to play because he still couldn't run full speed. Manager Clint Hurdle thinks it's about time to either get back on the field or go on the disabled list.

"We are getting to that point," Hurdle said. "Once it gets to six days, for me, they need to come off or they need to go on. That's a long time to play short ... it can become problematic." (Post-Gazette.com )

Alvarez warmed up for the Pirates game and was not included in the starting lineup. He will, however, avoid a stint on the disabled list, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

The promising 24-year-old third baseman has struggled mightily this season. He's hitting .212 with one home run, seven RBI, a .561 OPS and 34 strikeouts in 108 plate appearances. He struck out at a high rate as a rookie last season, too, but he also hit 21 doubles and 16 home runs in 347 at-bats -- helping him accrue a .788 OPS.

Astros place Bourgeois on 15-day DL

PITTSBURGH -- The Houston Astros placed outfielder Jason Bourgeois on the 15-day disabled list before their game against the Pirates and purchased the contract of infielder Joe Inglett to take his place on the roster.

One of the majors' hottest hitters over the past week, Bourgeois strained his left oblique coming out of the batter's box when he grounded back to the mound during the sixth inning of Houston's 6-1 loss to Pittsburgh on Saturday night.

Bourgeois had started each of the past seven games and had hit safely in all of them, going 14 for 27 with seven stolen bases. He is tied for second in the majors in steals with 12 despite having only 57 plate appearances.

Inglett went 5 for 24 with three runs and an RBI in 17 games earlier this season with the Astros.

Guyer's memorable stay up with Rays ends abruptly

BALTIMORE -- Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Brandon Guyer, who homered in his first major league at-bat Friday night, headed back to the minor leagues.

The Rays recalled right-hander Rob Delaney from Triple-A Durham and optioned Guyer to the same minor league club.

Recalled from Durham on Friday afternoon, Guyer made history that night when he became the first Tampa Bay player to homer on his first at-bat in his major league debut. Guyer drove a 3-1 pitch from Zach Britton into the left-field seats with a runner on in the second inning.

He went 1 for 3 with two strikeouts before leaving for a pinch hitter. Guyer did not play Saturday, but he packed his bags with enough memories to last a lifetime.

"It was an awesome experience," Guyer said.

Verlander celebrates second career no-hitter

TORONTO -- Justin Verlander was picking up the check. The steaks and wine were on him, and why not?

He had just pitched the second no-hitter of his career, and after he made sure the Blue Jays pretty much came nowhere near the ball, he made sure his teammates came nowhere near the bill.

Fresh off the 9-0 victory, Verlander went for dinner at Barberian's Steak House in downtown Toronto.

"A great night," Verlander said. "It was fantastic. Probably one of the best dinners I've ever had."

Catcher Alex Avila, pitchers Rick Porcello and Max Scherzer, utilityman Don Kelly and video coordinator Jeremy Kelch joined Verlander for an evening of food, drink and cigars in the wine cellar of the historic restaurant.

Nationals acquire minor-league OF Blanco from Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Royals have traded minor league outfielder Gregor Blanco to the Washington Nationals for a player to be named.

The 27-year-old Blanco was hitting .196 with four RBI and 12 runs scored for Triple-A Omaha. He had stolen nine bases in 10 attempts.

The Royals acquired Blanco from Atlanta with pitchers Tim Collins and Jesse Chavez last July 31 for pitcher Kyle Farnsworth and outfielder Rick Ankiel.

Blanco is a career .258 hitter in parts of three big league seasons with Atlanta and Kansas City.

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