TIGERS: Ace Justin Verlander is expected to make his next start despite a blister on his pitching thumb that caused him to leave Thursday’s game.
Trainer Kevin Rand says Verlander’s blister is something the right-hander has had to deal with in the past as well, but it doesn’t look as if he’ll miss any more time.
Verlander left Thursday’s game against Kansas City after seven innings.
BLUE JAYS: Scratched Josh Johnson from his start against the New York Yankees because of right triceps tightness, and they are sending left-hander Aaron Laffey to the mound in his place.
The Blue Jays said Friday the move is precautionary.
Johnson has struggled in four starts since coming to Toronto in an off-season trade with Miami that also netted Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle. Reyes is on the disabled list with an injured ankle.
YANKEES: Kevin Youkilis sat out a sixth consecutive game because of back tightness, and the infielder could be headed to the disabled list if he is unable to play today.
Manager Joe Girardi said Friday before the Yankees played the Blue Jays that Youkilis is getting better and he has not taken any tests.
CARDINALS: Rookie Matt Adams, who is batting .542 in eight games, was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.
Adams hasn’t played since he had two hits in a 7-3 loss to Philadelphia on Sunday. He was scratched from Monday’s game at Washington after complaining of soreness.
POSTPONED: The Kansas City Royals and Cleveland Indians were rained out Friday night. The game has been rescheduled as a doubleheader Sunday, the first day-night doubleheader in Kauffman Stadium history.