Orioles activated OF Joey Rickard from the 10-day disabled list.
Rickard sprained his left middle finger shortly after Opening Day but played in a few rehab games and is ready to go. He'll get some starts versus lefties.
Orioles optioned LHP Paul Fry to Triple-A Norfolk.
Joey Rickard (finger) is coming off the disabled list to take his roster spot. Fry was only up for a couple days and didn't make an appearance.
Cardinals sent OF Anthony Garcia outright to Triple-A Memphis.
There's no corresponding move, but the Cards now have another 40-man roster spot to play with. Garcia, 25, struggled last season between Double- and Triple-A and is off to a dreadful .179/.256/.282 start at Memphis this year.
Jose Altuve (shoulder) delivered a pinch-hit single in Thursday's loss to the Indians.
Altuve didn't start for the second straight day following Tuesday's collision with Teoscar Hernandez, but he led off the ninth inning with an infield single. He was then caught stealing as the Astros' rally fell short. That he was able to pinch-hit suggests that Altuve should be ready to start Friday.
Bud Norris pitched a scoreless ninth inning Thursday to close out a 2-1 win over the Athletics.
Norris issued a one-out walk to Yonder Alonso but pitched around any further damage, finishing off the A's without incident. He's now a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities since taking over for the injured Cam Bedrosian, and the 32-year-old has a legit 2.84 ERA, 1.03 WHIP and 15/5 K/BB ratio over 12 2/3 innings. Bedrosian was similarly dominant before hitting the shelf, but Norris may actually be forcing his way into manager Mike Scioscia's plans at closer and is worth an add in mixed leagues to find out.
Kendall Graveman allowed two runs on six hits over six innings but took the loss Thursday against the Angels.
Graveman pitched fairly well in his first start off the disabled list, but it wasn't enough to overcome a poor offensive showing from his teammates. The right-hander didn't walk a batter and struck out four in his first start since April 14. Through four starts on the year, Graveman is 2-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 1.00 WHIP and while he does few things that move the fantasy needle, he makes for a palatable last starter in deep mixed leagues. If nothing else, his next start Wednesday against the Twins could be a decent streaming opportunity.
Ricky Nolasco held the Athletics to a lone run over 5 2/3 innings in a win Thursday.
Nolasco gave up just three hits and walked two while striking out four in the contest. It was the third time in five outings he's fallen short of a quality start, but he's been close in two others, including Thursday. It's not anything to write home about, but a positive takeaway, at least. In total, Nolasco is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 1.24 WHIP, and he'll try to improve on those numbers Wednesday at the Mariners.
Chris Owings did it all Thursday, homering twice and stealing a base to help the Diamondbacks down the Padres 6-2.
Owings hit a pair of solo jacks off batting practice fastba-- er, Padres starter Jered Weaver, popping one in the third inning before doing it again an inning later. He's now among the league leaders in RBI (19) and stolen bases (6), a testament to the kind of all-around month the 25-year-old is having. Owings is batting .325/.365/.550 with four homers and 12 runs to boot. Add him where you can.