- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 7, 2010

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - Kevin Youkilis was in the Boston lineup one day after hurting his right ankle.

The first baseman was listed in his usual cleanup spot for Wednesday night’s game against Tampa Bay. He left Tuesday night’s 3-2 loss to the Rays in the fourth inning because of pain in the ankle.

Youkilis said it felt like he had a cramp in the ankle while playing defense. X-rays taken Tuesday were negative.

The banged-up Red Sox have 11 players on the disabled list, including pitchers Clay Buchholz and Josh Beckett, catchers Jason Varitek and Victor Martinez, infielders Dustin Pedroia and Mike Lowell and outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

In a move to provide depth at first base, the Red Sox purchased the contract of infielder Ryan Shealy from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Niuman Romero, who replaced Youkilis on Tuesday and failed to get a hit in three at-bats with two runners on base each time was designated for assignment. The hitter before Romero, designated hitter David Ortiz, was intentionally walked three times.


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