Valverde rejoins Tigers: Detroit, which doesn’t have a set closer after letting Jose Valverde become a free agent, took a step toward bringing the reliever back by agreeing to terms on a minor-league contract. Valverde will report to Lakeland, Fla., to throw to some minor-league hitters before being assigned to Triple-A. GM Dave Dombrowski said there’s no timetable or certainty for Valverde, 35, to join the Tigers.Pujols at DH? Angels manager Mike Scioscia said he might use Albert Pujols as the DH over the weekend against Texas to rest his sore left foot. “He’s fine. If he’s struggling with something, I’ll consider giving him a day. I can look to DH him this weekend,” Scioscia said. Gee solid: Mets starter Dillon Gee, from Cleburne and UT Arlington, returned from shoulder surgery last summer and was sharp in a 2-1 loss to San Diego. He opened with a walk, then retired 10 in a row and wound up giving up three hits in 6 1/3 innings. DL for Kotchman: Miami first baseman Casey Kotchman, injured Wednesdsay, is heading to the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring. Gregg Dobbs played first on thursday. Young rejoins Nats: RHP Chris Young, the former Texas Rangers pitcher from Highland Park, agreed to a minor league contract with Washington, giving the team some added depth in case they need an extra starting pitcher during the season. Young originally signed a minor league deal with the Nationals in February and made four spring training starts before being released on March 26. Medlen loses: Atlanta lost for the first time in 24 starts by Kris Medlen, who beat the New York Mets last Sept. 30 to surpass the mark of 22 straight starts set by Carl Hubbell of the New York Giants in 1936-37 and matched by Whitey Ford of the New York Yankees in 1950 and ’53. Medlen, who allowed six hits, two runs, four walks and struck out three in five innings, labored through the first three innings on 61 pitches. Roberts injured: Orioles 2B Brian Roberts will undergo an MRI after injuring his right hamstring while stealing second base Thursday in the ninth inning. Roberts was limited to 17 games because of injuries last season. Rockies scuffle: Pitchers Juan Nicasio and Edgmer Escalona got into a brief skirmish during a public workout at Coors Field on Thursday. The two had to be separated by teammates.First-year manager Walt Weiss told ColoradoRockies.com the fight was over, “trivial stuff.” Kuroda better: Yankees RHP Hiroki Kuroda still felt a little discomfort in his bruised middle finger Thursday but said he will try to make his next scheduled start on Monday. Kuroda was injured Wednesday night against Boston when Shane Victorino's line drive deflected off his pitching hand. The right-hander remained in the game for a few more batters but struggled with his control and was lifted with one out in the second inning.