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Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton day to day with left ankle sprain

ST. PETERSBURG — CF B.J. Upton is expected to be out only two to three days at most after leaving Tuesday's game with a sprained left ankle.

Upton was injured coming in to field Will Rhymes' single on the fourth pitch of the game. He hopped in a couple of steps, corralled the ball, then went down in obvious pain. He was able to walk off on his own and after the game, his ankle wrapped heavily, said it felt better than he expected.

"Tried to put the brakes on and my ankle just rolled,'' Upton said. "Nothing big, I had the same injury last year and it's definitely less than that was. It's going to be a day-to-day thing. … I don't see it being too long.''

"Probably, possibly a two-, three-day kind of a gig,'' manager Joe Maddon said.

With Upton out, Ben Zobrist moved from second to centerfield and made several key plays, and will likely start in Upton's place. Reid Brignac took over at second and was involved in the game's biggest, and final, play.

SIGNING ON: Cuban 1B Jose Ruiz, a 24-year-old who was pursued by several teams when he first became a free agent, signed a one-year major-league contract with an option and will join the Dominican Summer League team. … Fifth-round draft pick RHP Ian Kendall passed on a scholarship offer from Oregon State to sign and will report today to Port Charlotte.

SECOND FIDDLE: Monday, OF/DH Matt Joyce's dramatic grand slam in his first game against his former Tigers team was lost in the accomplishment of Matt Garza's no-hitter. Then Tuesday, Joyce again knocked in the winner, with a broken-bat double in the sixth, but it was overshadowed by the Rays' bold handling of Miguel Cabrera.

"Obviously, you want to do well against your old team and show them they gave up something special," Joyce said. "But I think at the end of the day you're just trying to help your team win."

Joyce's accomplishments were still noteworthy as he became the first player to break up a no-hitter in the sixth inning or later with a grand slam since Philadelphia's Dickie Thon did so to the Mets' Frank Viola on July 23, 1990, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

And he became the first player to hit a slam in his first game against the team that traded him since Ryan Jorgensen did so for the Reds against the Marlins on Aug. 26, 2007.

TRADE WINDS: Maddon said before the game that he hadn't gotten any update from executive VP Andrew Friedman on pending deals as Saturday's deadline for nonwaiver deals looms.

"Andrew was going to come down and see me, but he did not," Maddon said. "He's hunkered down up there."

ESPN's Jayson Stark reported that OF Jayson Werth now seems more likely to stay in Philadelphia. Werth, Baltimore's Luke Scott and Washington's Josh Willingham are players in which the Rays are believed to have considerable interest.

CATCHING ON: When Carl Crawford reached on catcher's interference Monday, it was the fourth time this season he got on base that way, matching Texas' David Murphy for most in the majors, and the 10th time in his career. In Rays history, only three others have reached base that way: Jorge Cantu, Mike DiFelice and Chris Singleton.

MINOR MATTERS: Rocco Baldelli was 2-for-4 (and reached on an error) for Class A Charlotte in Tampa, giving him a .267 average four games into his comeback. … Charlotte LHP Matt Moore was named Florida State League pitcher of the week. … Class A Bowling Green RHP Alexander Colome, one of the top lower-level prospects, was placed on the DL with a strain in the clavicle area.

MISCELLANY: Crawford had three steals, giving him 37 for the season and 399 for his career. … Maddon reached .500 as a manager (388-388, including 19-10 with the Angels on an interim basis) for the first time since July 5, 2006. … Zobrist's 20th steal made the Rays the only team with three at that number, joining Crawford and Upton.

Tampa Bay Rays' B.J. Upton day to day with left ankle sprain

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