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MLB notebook: Reds P Chapman cleared to throw batting practice

| Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:39 p.m.

• Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was cleared to throw batting practice for the first time since he was hit in the face by a line drive during an exhibition game March 10. A drive off the bat of the Royals' Salvador Perez caused Chapman to suffer fractures to his nose and a bone above his left eye.

• Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips left Friday's game against the Cubs with back spasms. Phillips appeared to get hurt swinging and missing during in the first inning. The Reds said they replaced Phillips after he struck out in the third as a precaution.

• Yankees right fielder Carlos Beltran was out of Friday night's starting lineup against the Rays with left shoulder and right wrist soreness. Beltran flipped over the short wall down the right field line while chasing a foul ball Thursday. Beltran finished the game and had an MRI of the shoulder and wrist.

• Sidelined since spring training by a fractured rib, 43-year-old Jason Giambi was cleared to play and is scheduled to be activated from the disabled list Monday by the Indians when Cleveland opens a four-game series with the Royals.

• Rangers right-hander Tanner Scheppers was put on the disabled list because of elbow inflammation after moving into the rotation from the bullpen and making four starts.

• Athletics reliever Sean Doolittle got a five-year contract with club options that could extend the deal through 2020.

• The Blue Jays plan to activate shortstop Jose Reyes from the disabled list Saturday. Reyes hasn't played since straining his left hamstring during his first at-bat of the season March 31.

• Red Sox DH David Ortiz said he wants to visit the Boston Marathon finish line Monday, a year after the bombing that killed three people during last year's race. Ortiz and the Red Sox play the Orioles at 11 a.m. are done with their Patriots' Day game against Baltimore, which starts at 11 a.m. “I think it's going to be very emotional and there's going to be happiness around, too,” he said.

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