LOS ANGELES (AP) The Dodgers purchased the contract of standout prospect Clayton Kershaw from Double-A Jacksonville on Saturday, and the 20-year-old left-hander is expected to make his big league debut today in the finale of a three-game series against St. Louis.The Dodgers also designated Esteban Loaiza for assignment after activating the right-hander from the 15-day disabled list, and they optioned right-handed reliever Yhency Brazoban to their Triple-A Las Vegas farm club.
VALVERDE SORE, BUT OK: Houston closer Jose Valverde said his face was "a little sore" Saturday but that he was otherwise OK after getting struck in the face with a line drive a night earlier in a 4-3 win over Philadelphia. The line drive by Pedro Feliz grazed Valverde's glove before smacking into his right cheek and ricocheting into left field. Valverde lay motionless for a few minutes, then hopped up and finished the game, earning his 15th save.
ORIOLES HOLD TEAM MEETING: Baltimore Orioles manager Dave Trembley held a team meeting and revamped his starting lineup Saturday in an attempt to increase his team's offensive production. Baltimore had been shut out twice and scored just one run its previous three games entering Saturday's game.
PLACED ON DL: Philadelphia Phillies Jayson Werth (strained right oblique muscle), Cleveland Indians' Fausto Carmona (strained left hip) and Colorado Rockies' Clint Barmes and Brad Hawpe were placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday.