Mike Clevinger almost ruined his major league debut Wednesday. The Cleveland pitcher was so nervous before the game that he spent 30 minutes on a knee in the clubhouse, revisiting his lunch. When he was empty, Clevinger had just 15 minutes before game time. Good thing he was pitching in the bottom of the inning.
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Kansas City third baseman Mike Moustakas, who had been out since May 5 because of a broken left thumb, was activated from the disabled list Saturday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the White Sox. That means he should be at third Monday when the Twins and Royals play at Target Field.
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New Detroit outfielder Cameron Maybin was activated from the disabled list in time for the series against the Twins last week and was 5-for-9 with an RBI, run scored, two walks and three stolen bases. He’s now hitting .647 through five games. “I’m happy to see him back and healthy,’’ said Twins righthander Ricky Nolasco, his good friend. “He’s off to a good start, obviously. I don’t want it against us but I’m always pulling for Cam.”
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White Sox lefthander Chris Sale (above) cannot be stopped right now. He rolled to 9-0 on Thursday with a complete game victory over Houston. He’s the first White Sox pitcher to win his first nine starts since Ed Cicotte won his first 12 starts in 1919, when the team went on to lose (throw?) the World Series.