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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 16:  Outfielder B. J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays strikes out against the Cleveland Indians July 16, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JULY 16: Outfielder B. J. Upton #2 of the Tampa Bay Rays strikes out against the Cleveland Indians July 16, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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The Rays are still suffering from injuries but misery does enjoy company. Both Jose Bautista and David Ortiz were injured last night but Bautista's injury appears to be more serious. The team has called up top prospect Anthony Gose who may not be ready offensively but can fly on the bases, cover a ton of ground in the outfield, and has a howitzer for an arm. Meanwhile, on the same night the Red Sox welcomed back Cahl Crafard to the lineup, David Ortiz injured his heel running the bases.

"This (expletive) team is cursed," Ortiz said humorlessly as he limped toward the showers, his mood darkened by the knowledge that he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday to determine the severity of the injury.

Ortiz left Fenway Park without the aid of crutches and was hopeful that the injury was not serious.

"I got sore," he said, "But I didn't hear any pop. That's a good sign. We'll see. We'll know more tomorrow. I think I'll be all right."

Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine agreed, stating that he didn't think Ortiz would miss more than a few days.

Ortiz would be the 22nd player to go to the disabled list for the Red Sox this season.

The Yankees also received bad news as Brett Gardner had another setback in his rehab from his elbow surgery and now may miss the rest of the season. RiverAveBlues covers the implications of this. The good news for the Evil Empire is that Jabba the Sabathia is back on the mound tonight.

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