MLB Notes

RED SOX: Josh Beckett remains on course to start on Tuesday, although manager Terry Francona won't be overly disappointed if the right-hander gets pushed back again. Beckett's next start was moved from Saturday to Tuesday after he developed a sore right elbow that created numbness in his hand. Francona said if Tuesday comes and Beckett's elbow is still sore, he could be moved back again.


ATHLETICS: Sean Gallagher has a tired right arm and will skip his next scheduled star, and Justin Duchscherer will probably do the same. Duchscherer was scheduled for an MRI on Wednesday on his right hip. Manager Bob Geren gave no update on the latest exam, but said the All-Star right-hander was "doubtful" for his next turn.

TWINS: Activated second baseman Alexi Casilla from the disabled list, getting their No. 2 hitter back in time for a 14-game road trip. To make room on the roster, the Twins outrighted reliever Brian Bass to Triple-A Rochester.

ORIOLES: Filled out their bullpen, replacing injured closer George Sherrill by purchasing the contract of right-hander Kam Mickolio from Triple-A Norfolk.

ROYALS: Mitch Maier was hit in the face by a pitch from Cleveland left-hander Zach Jackson and left Wednesday's game in the fifth inning. Maier walked off the field and was taken to a hospital for facial X-rays and further evaluation.

INDIANS: Catcher Victor Martinez , sidelined two months because of right elbow inflammation, drove in two runs Tuesday night in his first Triple-A rehab appearance.

INSTANT REPLAY APPROVED: Baseball umpires and management signed an agreement Wednesday that will allow the sport to start using instant replay to help determine calls on the field.

Major League Baseball still hasn't determined when the use of replays will start. Installation of equipment has been going on at ballparks, and officials have said they hoped to start using replay in August.

Replays will be limited to boundary calls, such as determining whether fly balls were fair or foul, or whether they went over fences.

CARDINALS: Pitcher Kyle Lohse was suspended for five games Wednesday for throwing a fastball past the head of Cincinnati pitcher Edinson Volquez last weekend.

Lohse appealed the penalty, and can continue to play until a hearing is held.

- The Cardinals decided to plug Adam Wainwright into their rotation instead of as the fill-in closer, and will give him a start on Friday against the Atlanta Braves.

METS: Seeking another option for its suspect bullpen, New York agreed with right-hander Al Reyes on a minor league contract.

Reyes closed games for Tampa Bay last year, earning a career-high 26 saves in 30 chances. He was 2-4 with a 4.90 ERA in 61 appearances.

Reyes went 2-2 with a 4.37 ERA in 26 outings this season before the Rays designated him for assignment Aug. 9. He was released on Monday after rejecting a minor league assignment.



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