ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is in the starting lineup, a day after leaving a game because of back spasms.

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The Boston Red Sox are not sure what to expect from their most dangerous hitter, David Ortiz, when they take on the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game series starting on Friday at Tropicana Field. Ortiz, who hit four homers in the first three games of a four-game series against the Blue Jays, had to leave the series finale Thursday with back spasms. He could not finish his at-bat in the ninth inning of an 8-0 loss to the Blue Jays. Ortiz said he felt a “pop or something” in his upper back on his final at-bat in Wednesday’s 6-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

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John Gibbons wasn’t exactly happy to see rookie Marcus Stroman lose his no-hitter. Still, it saved the Blue Jays manager from making a tough decision about how long to stick with his young star. Stroman and two relievers combined on a one-hitter, Juan Francisco drove in four runs and came within a double of the cycle and Toronto beat the Boston Red Sox 8-0 on Thursday. Stroman’s no-hit bid ended when Shane Victorino blooped a single to center to lead off the seventh.

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Alex Cobb struck out 10 and drove in a run with his first major league hit, leading Tampa Bay to a 3-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday night, the Rays’ seventh straight win. The Rays have won 25 of their last 36 games and are 13-4 in July. Tampa Bay completed its road trip at 5-0 and its eight-game road winning streak ties the franchise record set twice. The loss was the third straight for the Cardinals.

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It took a hard slide for the Kansas City Royals to end their skid. Mike Moustakas scored the tie-breaking run when he jarred the ball out of the catcher’s glove in the ninth inning and the Royals beat the White Sox 2-1 Wednesday to take the three-game series. Kansas City was victorious for the 12th time in their last 14 starts at U.S. Cellular Field. ”I feel a lot better leaving Chicago than I did after the first game in Chicago,” manager Ned Yost said.

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Right-hander Miguel Gonzalez not only pitched 7 2/3 strong innings against the major leagues’ leading run-producing team Tuesday night, but he also made himself a more valuable commodity. Whether Gonzalez’s current team, the Baltimore Orioles, or another squad will be able to exploit that value firsthand in the near future remains to be seen. Gonzalez was mentioned as a possible component in a package the Orioles could use to acquire a veteran starting pitcher, such as Philadelphia Phillies left-hander Cliff Lee or right-hander A.J. Burnett, Tampa Bay Rays left-hander David Price or San Diego Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy.

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The New York Yankees acquired third baseman Chase Headley and cash considerations from the San Diego Padres on Tuesday in exchange for infielder Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Rafael De Paula. The Padres agreed to pay $1 million of the remaining $3.968 million on his $10.525 million contract this year. Headley has not reached the production level he achieved two years ago when he hit 31 home runs, led the National League with 115 RBIs in 161 games, finished fifth in the league’s Most Valuable Player balloting and won Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards for the Padres. De Paula, 23, was 6-5 with a 4.15 ERA in 20 games, including 17 starts, for Class A Tampa this year.

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A potentially season-defining homestand for the Minnesota Twins is off to a rough beginning. After winning five of their final six games heading into the All-Star break, the Twins start the second half of the season with 10 games at home, giving them a chance to build on the momentum gained in series wins at Seattle and Colorado. The Twins, who started the homestand six games under the .500 mark, were swept at home by the Tampa Bay Rays over the weekend before beating the Cleveland Indians 4-3 Monday in the series opener.

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After causing a stir at the All-Star game, the St. Louis Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright is finally ready to get back to business. In his first appearance since the break, Wainwright looks to become baseball’s first 13-game winner in Tuesday night’s series opener against the visiting Tampa Bay Rays. I’m going to be more mindful of the words I use, but for crying out loud, this is ridiculous.” The Cy Young candidate will try to put all that behind him in his first start for the Cardinals (54-45) since a 10-2 win at Milwaukee on July 12. “I think they’re just being real cautious of making sure that I’m going to be prepared … because this is going to be a pretty torrid race through the end of the season,” Wainwright said of the extended rest.

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Oakland general manager Billy Beane acted boldly, trading top prospect Addison Russell in a deal that brought starters Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel to the Athletics. Then it was Jerry Dipoto’s turn. The GM of the Los Angeles Angels acquired closer Huston Street on Friday night, giving his team another option in the late innings and adding more intrigue to an already-spirited AL West race. The A’s have baseball’s best record, but the Angels are only 1 1/2 games behind, and both teams have aggressively improved themselves with major trades since the beginning of July.

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