MLB notebook: Thumb injury lands Nationals' Harper on DL
Outfielder Bryce Harper was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Nationals on Sunday with a sprained left thumb. The move was retroactive to Saturday.
Harper hurt his hand with a head-first slide into third base Friday night after hitting a third-inning, bases-loaded triple in Washington's 11-1 victory. He stayed in the game for an inning before he was replaced.
Harper went 2 for 2 and had a career-high four RBIs on Friday, giving him nine for the season as he lifted his batting average to .289. He has only one home run in 83 at-bats.
Orioles put Davis on DL
The Orioles put first baseman Chris Davis on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique. Davis led the majors last year with 53 homers and 138 RBIs. This season, he has two home runs and 13 RBIs in 22 games. The Orioles will fill his roster spot before Tuesday's game against the Pirates.
Tigers' pitcher Sanchez sidelined
The Tigers placed pitcher Anibal Sanchez on the 15-day disabled list because of a blister problem and recalled right-hander Justin Miller from Triple-A Toledo. Sanchez left in the third inning of Saturday's 5-3 loss to the Twins with a blister on his right middle finger. He is 0-2 with a 3.13 ERA in five starts this season.
Injuries force Braun, Segura to bench
Outfielder Ryan Braun and shortstop Jean Segura were out of the Milwaukee lineup a day after getting injured. Braun left Saturday's 5-3 win over the Cubs after the eighth inning with a slight chest muscle strain. Braun also was involved with Segura's injury. The slugging outfielder was swinging his bat on the dugout steps in the first inning when he accidentally hit Segura in the face as the shortstop was coming up behind him. Segura had a partially closed right eye and bruised right cheek.
Rainout frustrates Tigers' Verlander
Tigers ace Justin Verlander wasn't thrilled he got Sunday off, but he had no choice. Verlander was scheduled to start for the Tigers against the Twins before the game was postponed because of heavy rain. Verlander (3-1) has won nine straight decisions against the Twins. He's also 4-0 with a 1.89 ERA in six starts at Target Field. The dominating right-hander is scheduled to pitch Tuesday's night series opener in Chicago against the White Sox after a week off.
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