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Red Sox designate infielder Jeff Bianchi for assignment
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:29 pm ET) Red Sox infielder Jeff Bianchi has been designated for assignment, the team announced Thursday. Bianchi, who was signed over the offseason, was recalled from Triple-A Sunday but did not receive a plate appearance with Boston. 

At Pawtucket, Bianchi was hitting .302 (16 for 53) with a pair of doubles and four RBI. The move clears a spot on the 40-man roster for recently-acquired Carlos Peguero, who was added to the club on Thursday. 


Tigers option Dixon Machado to Triple-A Toledo
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:25 pm ET) The Tigers optioned infielder Dixon Machado to Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, the team announced.

Machado was sent down to clear a roster spot for Buck Farmer, who's set to start Thursday against the Angels. He went 1 for 7 with a walk in three appearances with the Tigers and returns to a .274/.339/.331 line with one home run, 16 RBI and five stolen bases in 157 at-bats with Toledo.


Tigers SS Jose Iglesias returns to starting lineup Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:23 pm ET) Tigers shortstop Jose Iglesias is back in the starting lineup for Thursday's contest against the Angels. Iglesias hasn't played since Saturday when he exited the game with a knee contusion. Iglesias missed four consecutive games with the latest ailment, but has recovered enough to play on Thursday.

Tigers recall Buck Farmer from Triple-A
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:21 pm ET) The Tigers recalled pitcher Buck Farmer from Triple-A Toledo on Thursday, the team announced.

Farmer will start Thursday's game against the Angels after Kyle Lobstein was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He's 5-1 with a 2.98 ERA and 50:19 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings over nine starts with Toledo.


Red Sox P Heath Hembree sent back down to Triple-A
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:20 pm ET) The Red Sox have optioned pitcher Heath Hembree to Triple-A Pawtucket, the team announced Thursday. Hembree, who had just been recalled over the weekend, made one appearance in his most recent stint in Boston. 

He pitched an inning on Monday, issuing a walk in an otherwise perfect frame. It was an improved performance from his only other outing this year, in which he allowed six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings on April 26. 

The Red Sox called up lefty Robbie Ross to replace Hembree on the 25-man roster. 


Red Sox add OF Carlos Peguero to roster on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:15 pm ET) The Red Sox have added outfielder Carlos Peguero to the major-league roster, the team announced Thursday. Peguero was acquired from the Rangers in exchange for cash on Wednesday.

Peguero is taking the roster spot of Daniel Nava, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list. 


Angels add OFs Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Alfredo Marte to active roster
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:13 pm ET) The Angels added outfielders Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Alfredo Marte to the 25-man roster on Thursday, MLB.com reports.

Nieuwenhuis was acquired from the Mets on Wednesday and will take the spot of Collin Cowgill, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Thursday. He went just 3 for 38 with the Mets before being designated for assignment then traded.

Marte is being added to both the 25-man and 40-man rosters, with the team designating Marc Krauss for assignment. The outfielder hit .343/.401/.540 with four home runs, 32 RBI and three stolen bases in 137 at-bats with Triple-A Salt Lake.


Mariners 2B Robinson Cano gets first day of rest on Thursday
by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6:11 pm ET) Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano is out of the lineup for Thursday's series-opener against the Indians. Cano had started every game for the Mariners this season, but he's been mired in a bit of a funk lately.

Over his last 10 games, Cano is batting just .225 (9 for 40) with zero extra base hits. So manager Lloyd McClendon opted to finally give his star a breather.

Brad Miller will handle the keystone position on Thursday.


Angels designate Marc Krauss for assignment
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:09 pm ET) The Angels have designated first baseman Marc Krauss for assignment, the Orange County Register reports.

Krauss is losing his 40-man roster spot with the team calling up Alfredo Marte. He was just 5 for 35 with one home run and five RBI with the Angels.


Angels place OF Collin Cowgill on 15-day DL
by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6:07 pm ET) The Angels placed outfielder Collin Cowgill on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right wrist on Thursday.

Cowgill suffered the injury during batting practice on Sunday. He has hit .180/.231/.295 with one home run, two RBI and one stolen base in 61 at-bats.


 
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