News briefs: BoSox recall Atchinson, send Lavarnway down

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BOSTON -- Facing three games in a 24-hour period because of the expected arrival of Hurricane Irene, Boston added a 13th pitcher, recalling right-hander Scott Atchison from Pawtucket and sending catcher Ryan Lavarnway to the Triple-A team.

Atchison, returning to the Red Sox for the fifth time this season, was 0-0 with a 4.70 ERA in nine relief appearances earlier this season.

"We just wanted to protect our bullpen," manager Terry Francona said prior to the series opener with the Athletics -- the teams then schedule to play a split double-header Saturday, the second game pushed back from Sunday before of the expected storm.

Lavarnway, recalled because of injuries to Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz, was impressive in his seven-game major league debut, going 7-for-23 (.304) with three RBI, mostly as a designated hitter. He had a .407 on-base percentage, walking four times to go with six strikeouts.

Manager Terry Francona said Lavarnway, who hit 30 homers and drove in 85 runs combined for Doubel-A Portland and then Pawtucket, will be back with the Red Sox when the rosters expand next Thursday.

"He helped us win some games. That's what we asked him to do and it's not an easy thing to do," Francona said. "I think the experience is probably really good for him. He'll be back. He'll be back as soon as we can get him back here and spend September with us, hopefully learn some more." Full Story

First rehab outing goes well for Reyes

In the first game of a rehab assignment to help him recover from a hamstring injury, Mets shortstop Jose Reyes played five innings for Double-A Binghamton Thursday night, going 0-1 with a walk. He didn't have a fielding chance at shortstop. So it's hard to really judge much on his numbers. Still, that hardly matters in a rehab assignment for a superstar. What really matters is his health. And Reyes seems to think it went well.

"It feels good," he said after the game of his recovering hamstring (MLB.com). "Right now it's no problem, but hopefully tomorrow I'll be more active on the field. I'll go home, rest, and come back tomorrow and see what happens."

Reyes is scheduled to play seven rehab innings tonight, nine Saturday and then rejoin the Mets Monday.

Reyes will obviously boost the Mets' offense when he's activated from the disabled list, but his return to the field is interesting for a different reason. The Mets won't be making the playoffs. Reyes will, however, be a free agent at the conclusion of the season. Should he stay healthy and close the month of September on a strong note, he'll command a pretty huge salary on the free agent market. If he injures himself again -- especially if he hurts his hamstring again -- it will cost him millions.

Giants Schierholtz (foot) not ready to return

SAN FRANCISCO -- Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz tested his broken right foot and is still too sore to play.

He went without a walking boot for the first time this week and did some early sprint work.

Schierholtz fouled a pitch from Atlanta's Tim Hudson off his foot in the series opener with the Braves on Aug. 15. Schierholtz played through it, then had an MRI during Monday's off day. A CT scan followed to confirm the fracture.

Injured closer Brian Wilson, nursing elbow inflammation, threw for six minutes on flat ground for the second straight day. Fellow reliever Sergio Romo, who also has an inflamed pitching elbow, threw one inning in Arizona rookie ball and could be activated Sunday.

Indians lose Tomlin, Brantley

CLEVELAND -- The Cleveland Indians plugged one hole and had two more pop open.

On the day Jim Thome returned to replace Travis Hafner in the middle of Cleveland's injury-ravaged lineup, the Indians placed starter Josh Tomlin and outfielder Michael Brantley on the disabled list, two more tough blows to the Indians' chances of catching up in the AL Central.

The Indians, who have fallen 6½ games behind first-place Detroit, have shifted into survival mode while dealing with a slew of injuries. Tomlin and Brantley join Travis Hafner, Grady Sizemore, Jason Kipnis and Carlos Carrasco on an overcrowded DL. Hafner may need season-ending foot surgery.

"It's tough," manager Manny Acta said. "I've never seen it."

Orioles to honor Flanagan

BALTIMORE -- Mike Flanagan was remembered fondly and with no small measure of sadness at Camden Yards before the Baltimore Orioles faced the New York Yankees.

It was the Orioles' first home game since their former star pitcher died of a self-inflicted shotgun wound to the head on Wednesday. He was 59.

The team honored Flanagan with a moment of silence before the game. A picture of him in his playing days was displayed under the years he lived: 1951-2011.

His No. 46 was displayed on the right-field scoreboard during batting practice and was to remain there until the end of the game. Also, the No. 46 was placed under the broadcaster's booth where he worked through the Orioles' previous homestand.

Wise returns to Blue Jays for third time

TORONTO -- DeWayne Wise will join Toronto for a third time after the Blue Jays claimed the veteran outfielder off waivers from the Florida Marlins.

Wise is scheduled to arrive in Toronto on Saturday, when the team expects to place center fielder Colby Rasmus on the disabled list.

Rasmus, acquired last month in a three-team deal, injured his right wrist Tuesday against the Kansas City Royals. The Blue Jays recalled Darin Mastroianni from their triple-A affiliate in Las Vegas to fill in for Rasmus.

The 33-year-old Wise appeared in 49 games with the Marlins this season, batting .239 with five RBI in 67 at-bats. He appeared in 52 games with the Blue Jays last season, batting .250 with three home runs and 14 RBI.

Mets place Hairston on DL, promote Batista

NEW YORK -- The New York Mets have put outfielder Scott Hairston on the 15-day disabled list and promoted right-hander Miguel Batista from Triple-A.

The Mets made the moves before their game against Atlanta. They also scratched left fielder Jason Bay from the starting lineup because of a jammed right shoulder.

Hairston's move was retroactive to Aug. 24, a day after he strained his left oblique while taking a swing.

The 40-year-old Batista began the season with St. Louis and was 3-2 with a 4.60 ERA in 26 games, including one start. He joined the Mets in July and went 3-0 with a 4.24 ERA at Buffalo.

White Sox to disable Quentin, call up Viciedo

The White Sox are placing Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list, the Chicago Sun-Times tweets, as the outfielder was unable to avoid the DL after sitting out the last three games with a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder (pictured, leaving the game last Saturday). Quentin's shoulder didn't respond to some swings, leading to being placed on the DL.

As the White Sox have scuffled all season long but remain in shooting distance of the division title, Quentin has been one of the team's most reliable players. The right fielder has cranked 24 homers on the year, posting a .255/.341/.501 mark with 77 RBI. It's definitely a significant blow to the team, especially as Quentin will now miss the crucial three-game series beginning on Sept. 2 against the first-place Tigers.

Luckily for the White Sox, they may have someone ready to step in. Dayan Viciedo is being recalled from Triple-A, as the Sun-Times says, and will share time in the outfield replacing Quentin, as well as possibly some first-base time. Viciedo has been pounding on the door to the majors for some time now, but has been blocked by a full outfield that hasn't been particularly productive all season with Juan Pierre and Alex Rios stumbling. However, Pierre got hot right around the breaking point for his slump, while Rios has been placed with center fielder Alejandro De Aza, a position Viciedo can't play anyways.

Viciedo, who flashed power but a poor eye in a 31-game stint with the White Sox last season, has stroked 20 homers for Triple-A at age 22, slashing .297/.365/.492 in 504 plate appearances. That's a line that can help the White Sox -- but he'll have to convince skipper Ozzie Guillen to play him.

Angels' Santana, Weaver to start on 3 days' rest

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia confirmed that he's switching his rotation for the weekend series against AL West-leading Texas, opting to start Ervin Santana on Saturday and Jered Weaver on Sunday.

The right-handers will both be starting on three days' rest for the first time in their careers.

Scioscia opened the three-game series with 13-game winner Dan Haren. The additions of Santana (9-9) and Weaver (15-6) meant the Angels would send their top three starters against the Rangers.

Texas began two games ahead of second-place Los Angeles. The Ramgers had a seven-game lead over the Angels on Aug. 17.

Bautista tosses bat, helmet after ejection

TORONTO -- Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista didn't go quietly after being ejected against Tampa Bay in the sixth inning.

Baseball's reigning home run king tossed his bat, helmet, padding and a water bottle onto the field before leaving the dugout.

Bautista, who hit 54 homers last season and leads baseball with 37 this year, argued with home plate umpire Bill Welke after being called out on strikes in the first. He struck out swinging in the third, and lost his temper after going down swinging again in the sixth.

After walking back to the dugout, Bautista slammed the back wall with his bat, causing a loud bang that was heard throughout the stadium. He said something else to Welke, who then tossed him. Bautista responded by angrily tossing his equipment over the dugout railing.

A's send down two relievers

BOSTON -- Relievers Jordan Norberto and Bruce Billings, two of the pitchers responsible for the 22 runs the Oakland Athletics gave up in New York Thursday, paid the price by being sent to the minor leagues.

The A's, in Boston for a three-game weekend series, recalled left-handers Josh Outman and Jerry Blevins from Sacramento, sending Norberto and Billings to the Triple-A club.

Norberto and Billings combined to work two innings of relief in Thursday's 22-9 loss to the Yankees, yielding seven hits, 11 runs and nine walks. They threw 95 pitches, only 43 for strikes. Both were 0-0, Norberto in six games, Billings in three. Norberto had an 8.10 ERA with the A's, Billings, who gave up one the Yankees' record three grand slams, a 12.60.

Right-hander Graham Godfrey (1-1) will be recalled to start Saturday's second game.

Reds activate RH Ondrusek off DL

CINCINNATI -- The Reds reinstated right-handed reliever Logan Ondrusek off the 15-day disabled list before the start of their three-game series against the Washington Nationals.

They optioned left-hander Travis Wood to Triple-A Louisville to open a roster spot.

Ondrusek went on the disabled list on Aug. 9 with a strained right forearm. He's 4-4 with a 2.63 earned run average in 56 appearances.

Wood was called up to replace Ondrusek and made the first two relief appearances of his major league career. Wood opened the season with Cincinnati and went 5-5 with a 5.11 earned run average in 16 starts before being optioned to the minors.

Clemens asks judge to dismiss perjury case

WASHINGTON -- Former major league pitching star Roger Clemens is asking a judge to punish prosecutors for their "egregious error" in his perjury trial by dismissing the case.

Clemens filed arguments in Washington federal court nagainst prosecutors' argument that they made a simple mistake in showing jurors inadmissible evidence and should be given another chance to convict him. Clemens is accused of lying under oath when he told congressional investigators he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

The Clemens defense team said prosecutors' apology for the error in a court filing last week raises more questions than answers. They said even if prosecutors made a simple oversight in failing to redact their exhibits in the rush of other trial matters, it doesn't explain why they showed the inadmissible material to the jury.

Brewers' Gomez expected to start rehab assignment

MILWAUKEE -- Milwaukee Brewers center fielder Carlos Gomez says he expects to start a rehab assignment at Class-A Wisconsin as soon as Saturday after breaking his collarbone just over a month ago.

Gomez was expected to miss six weeks after breaking the bone diving for a catch in a win over Arizona on July 20, but he's progressed better than expected and manager Ron Roenicke didn't rule out the defensive specialist's return before Sept. 1. The Brewers' minor league affiliate in Appleton plays its final home series of the year through Tuesday.

Brewers second baseman Rickie Weeks says he ran on the field for the first time since severely spraining his left ankle on July 27. Weeks says he's progressing, but there's no timetable for when he will return.

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