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MLB notes: Indians' closer wants to see fans in stands

Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez celebrates getting the final out in the Indians 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Cleveland on Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)
Cleveland Indians relief pitcher Chris Perez celebrates getting the final out in the Indians 4-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays in a baseball game in Cleveland on Sunday, April 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) ASSOCIATED PRESS

Indians closer Chris Perez says he wants to stay in Cleveland, even after chastising local fans for not attending games. Perez says he's unhappy, but he doesn't want out. He is 0-1 with 13 saves for the AL Central leaders.

Perez said Tuesday that he's done with his criticism. But he took a backhanded swipe at the town's infatuation with the football Browns during spring activities. "I could care less who is taking snaps at Browns quarterback," Perez said. "The shame of it is it takes my comments to get national attention for our team."

Police officers get in free

Chicago police officers will get two free tickets to a White Sox game as a thank-you for their service during the NATO summit. The team also will honor Chicago police officers during Wednesday's game at U.S. Cellular Field against the Minnesota Twins.

Konerko back in lineup

Paul Konerko returned to the White Sox lineup in a big way, hitting a double four days after being hit in the face by a pitch. Konerko still has discoloration under his left eye, but says his vision is fine. He batted fourth Tuesday night against Minnesota. Konerko is hitting .367 with eight home runs and 23 RBI. He missed two games after being struck above the left eye by Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs last Friday.

Who's next on the mound?

The Twins are barely one-fourth of the way through the season and they are about to use their ninth starting pitcher. Right-hander Jason Marquis was removed from the roster Tuesday, ending his stint with the Twins after just seven starts. As a veteran with more than 10 years he can't be forced to go to the minors and might be released, if not traded. So who's up next? Right-hander Cole DeVries, whose contract was selected from Rochester. The Minnesota native went 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA for the Red Wings, allowing 47 hits in 462⁄3 innings with seven walks and 37 strikeouts.

Sidelined

■ The Red Sox have activated Kevin Youkilis from the 15-day disabled list and put outfielder Ryan Sweeney on the seven-day concussion DL. Sweeney hurt his head making a diving catch Saturday. He failed a major league-mandated concussion test on Monday.

■ The Athletics have placed right-hander Brandon McCarthy on the 15-day disabled list with a sore shoulder in the latest injury setback to the franchise's opening-day starter who is 3-3 with a 2.95 ERA in nine starts this season. The A's recalled right-hander Jim Miller from Triple-A Sacramento to take McCarthy's place.

West Coast update

Matt Treanor, Andre Ethier and James Loney homered to power Chris Capuano to his sixth victory, and the Dodgers won their fifth straight by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-1 on Monday night. Capuano (6-1) allowed one run on four hits in six innings, striking out five and walking one.

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