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By Associated Press

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have placed third baseman Brandon Inge (inj) on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right shoulder. The A's recalled Josh Donaldson from Triple-A Sacramento and put him in the starting lineup at third base tonight at Kansas City. Inge was hitting .216 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs before getting hurt Saturday in Chicago.

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Los Angeles Angels pitching coach Mike Butcher has been suspended for one game following a weekend argument over balls and strikes. Major League Baseball also fined Butcher an undisclosed amount. He was penalized for leaving the dugout to dispute the calls and for "aggressively arguing." He serves the suspension tonight when the Angels host Cleveland.

ATLANTA (AP) — The San Diego Padres have called up left-hander Tom Layne from Double-A San Antonio, and left-hander Alex Hinshaw has been designated for assignment. The 27-year-old Layne was 0-5 with a 3.28 ERA in 32 games, including two starts, at San Antonio. The Padres acquired Layne from the Arizona Diamondbacks for cash considerations on May 3.

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — After an impressive quarter of action in San Francisco's preseason opener last week, Colin Kaepernick has grabbed a clear lead in the three-way competition to be the 49ers' No. 2 quarterback behind starter Alex Smith. Coach Jim Harbaugh said today that Kaepernick has put some space between himself and young veterans Scott Tolzien and Josh Johnson. Kaepernick guided the 49ers to 10 second-quarter points in their 17-6 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

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