MLB notebook: Verlander expected to make next start
• Detroit ace Justin Verlander is expected to make his next start despite a blister on his pitching thumb. He left Thursday's game against Kansas City after seven innings.
• The South Florida anti-aging clinic Biogenesis, suspected by MLB investigators of being a source of performance-enhancing drugs for more than 30 players, including Alex Rodriguez and Melky Cabrera, in some instances obtained the banned substances through forged prescription forms, according to an ESPN report.
• Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria denied instructing his baseball staff to flip-flop starting pitchers in a doubleheader Tuesday against the Twins, FoxSports reported. “I had nothing to do with the decision,” Loria said. Marlins veteran free-agent-to-be Ricky Nolasco originally was scheduled to pitch the opener and promising rookie Jose Fernandez the nightcap. A Yahoo! report said Loria ordered the switch because the temperature for the day game was expected to be warmer.
• The Blue Jays scratched Josh Johnson from his Friday start against the Yankees because of right triceps tightness.
• Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli left New York's game against the Blue Jays after being hit on the right hand by a foul tip with the fifth pitch of the first inning.
• Home plate umpire Brian O'Nora exited the Phillies-Mets game in the first inning because of flulike symptoms, resulting in a nine-minute delay.
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