AL East notes

Blue Jays

OF Colby Rasmus (hamstring) was reinstated from the DL and OF Anthony Gose (.233) WAS optioned to Triple-A Buffalo. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet. I’m just going to have to accept the assignment and make the most of my time down there so I can be ready to come back when they call me,” Gose said.


Manager Buck Showalter agrees with Rays manager Joe Maddon that a team shouldn’t lose a replay challenge when the contested call stands instead of being confirmed. “A great idea,” Showalter said. “He’s right. A lot of times they just say there’s nothing conclusive. You may be right, but we can’t overturn it. So, why should you be penalized for that?”


From the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times: Manager Joe Maddon typically demands that his players hustle and has been known to take action in egregious cases, most famously in August 2008 when he pulled B.J. Upton off the field and benched him. SS Yunel Escobar’s failure to run hard on a hit in a game last week did not warrant such extreme action — in part because Maddon said he didn’t see it first hand — and is now considered a dead issue, with Maddon saying that after talking with Escobar he is confident there will be no further problems. “I’d be surprised,” Maddon said. “I’m just anticipating good right now. … I had a good conversation with him.”

Red Sox

Minor league pitcher Miguel Pena was suspended for 100 games for a third positive test for a drug of abuse. The 23-year-old Pena is 2-2 with a 6.41 ERA in 13 starts for Double-A Portland this season. … Jon Lester passed Cy Young for fourth place on Boston’s career strikeout list with 1,342. … OF Grady Sizemore was designated for assignment. Sizemore returned from injuries that sidelined him between September 2011 and this season. He hit .333 in spring training, but struggled lately. In 52 games, he hit .216 with two homers and 15 RBIs.


Mariano Rivera was among those honored by Harlem RBI. The former Yankees pitcher was saluted along with James B. Lee, Jr., of JPMorgan Chase, and the Harlem RBI senior class. Nearly the entire class of 30 students is on track to graduate high school and has received college acceptance letters. The Harlem RBI and Dream Charter School is a youth organization that annually provides education, social services and baseball and softball programs to 1,500 K-12 youth in East Harlem and the South Bronx. Rivera: “I feel like they were just like me when I was their age, playing the game that I loved.” Harlem RBI started as an after-school sports program more than 20 years ago and opened Dream Charter School in 2008.

Compiled by Rick Crotts from wire reports.