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Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BASEBALL -

BLUE JAYS Sanchez on DL

CLEVE­LAND — Toronto Blue Jays right-han­der Aaron Sanchez has been placed on the dis­abled list for the fourth time this sea­son be­cause of a blis­ter prob­lem.

Sanchez was re­moved from his start against Bos­ton on Wed­nes­day be­cause of a re­cur­rence of a blis­ter on the mid­dle fin­ger of his right hand. He was ex­am­ined by a hand spe­cial­ist Fri­day in Cleve­land and there’s no timetable for his re­turn.

The is­sue has lim­ited Sanchez to eight starts. He’s 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA. Sanchez was 15-2 with an AL-best 3.00 ERA last sea­son and made the All-Star team.

Right-han­der Joe Smith (sore shoul­der) was ac­ti­vated from the dis­abled list and right-han­der Chris Smith was re­called from Class AAA Buf­falo. Left-han­der Jeff Be­liv­eau, who al­lowed six runs and didn’t re­tire a bat­ter in the sev­enth in­ning Fri­day, was des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment.

GI­ANTS San­doval re­turns

SAN FRAN­CISCO — Pablo San­doval is back with the San Fran­cisco Gi­ants af­ter sign­ing a mi­nor league con­tract Satur­day with the team he broke into the ma­jor leagues.

The 2012 World Se­ries MVP walked into the Gi­ants club­house at AT&T Park as if he’d never left, shak­ing hands with play­ers and grab­bing bullpen catcher and for­mer team­mate Eli White­side in a bear hug from be­hind.

San­doval, 31, was ex­pected to be the des­ig­nated hit­ter for Class A San Jose later Satur­day night and will join Class AAA Sacra­mento on Tues­day where he will split time be­tween third base and DH.

The Bos­ton Red Sox re­leased San­doval on Wed­nes­day when the third base­man didn’t re­port af­ter be­ing des­ig­nated for as­sign­ment last week. It of­fi­cially ended the Bos­ton ten­ure for the slug­ger, who never was healthy enough to live up to the ex­pec­ta­tions that came with the big free agent con­tract he signed in 2014.

BREW­ERS Braun back in lineup

PHILADEL­PHIA — Ryan Braun was back in the Mil­wau­kee Brew­ers’ lineup on Satur­day night against the Philadel­phia Phillies af­ter miss­ing the past three games with a right wrist in­jury.

The Brew­ers had seen their lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NL Cen­tral trimmed to one game head­ing into Satur­day’s games.

Braun bat­ted third and played left field against the Phillies.

ORIOLES Du­quette: Hold­ing tight

BAL­TI­MORE — The Bal­ti­more Orioles ap­par­ently have no in­ten­tion of deal­ing away vet­eran tal­ent be­fore the non-waiver trade dead­line.

At least for now. Although the Orioles were 46-50 and in fourth place in the AL East be­fore Satur­day’s game against Hous­ton, vice pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Dan Du­quette said he be­lieves the team has the po­ten­tial to make a play­off run.

“The Orioles have had bet­ter ball­clubs at this stage of the sea­son, but I still have hope for this year’s club,” Du­quette said. “I’ve got a lot of con­fi­dence that the guys that we have can put it to­gether.”

The ru­mor mill has Bal­ti­more shop­ping vet­eran re­liev­ers Zach Brit­ton, Brad Brach and Dar­ren O’Day, along with out­fielder Seth Smith and catcher Wel­ing­ton Castillo.

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