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RED SOX: Designated hitter David Ortiz was scratched from the starting lineup Saturday against Tampa Bay because of a bruised right knee.

The injury is not considered serious.

- Placed first baseman Sean Casey on the 15-day disabled list with a right hip flexor injury and recalled first baseman Brandon Moss from Triple-A Pawtucket.

ATHLETICS: Right-hander Rich Harden threw well in a 50-pitch simulated game.

Should Harden feel no soreness or discomfort today, he likely will make the first of two rehab starts next Thursday.

- Justin Duchscherer came off the disabled list to start against Seattle, his first action since being sidelined earlier this month with a strained right biceps.

INDIANS: Starter Jake Westbrook is expected to miss at least one month with a muscle strain in his lower back, an injury the team initially figured would keep him out only for a few starts.

YANKEES: Shelley Duncan was recalled from the minor leagues and started in right field for New York, which sent left-handed reliever Billy Traber back to Triple-A before facing the Cleveland Indians.

RANGERS: Called up right-hander Sidney Ponson from Triple-A Oklahoma to make the start against Minnesota.

DIAMONDBACKS: Starter Micah Owings left Saturday's game against San Diego with a sprained ankle.

Owings had doubled down the right-field line in the sixth inning, his third hit of the game, and was pulling into second base when his right leg buckled as he stepped onto the base with his right foot. Owings fell off the bag before he stepped back on the base and called time.

The Diamondbacks' ace right-hander sat on the infield dirt for a couple of minutes before he limped off the field.

Owings was replaced by reliever Brandon Medders .

BREWERS: Ben Sheets threw in the bullpen before the game against Florida, the first time he's pitched since leaving a game last week with tightness in his right triceps.

Sheets missed his start against Philadelphia on Wednesday because of lingering soreness. The injury surfaced April 18 in Cincinnati, when the right-hander left after five innings.

If there are no problems, Sheets is scheduled to start against the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday.

"It went well," said Sheets, who is 3-0 with a 0.96 ERA in four starts over 28 innings this season.

CARDINALS: Left-hander Mark Mulder , recovering from shoulder surgery, said he's getting closer to a return to the rotation despite spotty numbers in his last rehab start.

Pitching for Double-A Springfield on Friday night, Mulder allowed four runs in five innings and struck out five.


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