Boston (84-59) at Toronto (71-72)

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  • Game info: 7:07 pm EDT Tue Sep 13, 2005
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Johnny Damon is the guy who kick-starts the Boston Red Sox’s prolific offense.

He may not have that opportunity again for a while.

Suffering from a sore left shoulder, Damon will miss his second straight game when the Boston Red Sox continue their series with the Toronto Blue Jays.

The speedy center fielder left the team on Monday and went back to Boston for an MRI. His status for the rest of this series is unknown.

“We need to find out what he’s got,” Red Sox manager Terry Francona said.

Batting a team-high .321 with 103 runs scored, Damon received a cortisone shot after Friday night’s game against the New York Yankees. He sat out Saturday and was the DH for the Red Sox on Sunday. He has been playing with discomfort since hurting the shoulder on a slide on Sept. 4 against Baltimore.

Earlier on Monday, Damon said the cortisone shot wore off quickly.

“I’m not sure when it’s going to be feeling good,” Damon said. “I know what my job is, though. … I’ll just keep battling and keep working through it.”

Gabe Kapler started in center field on Monday for the Red Sox and batted ninth. Second baseman Tony Graffanino moved up to the leadoff spot.

David Ortiz returned to the lineup after being limited to a pinch-hitting appearance on Sunday because of tightness in his back, and hit two home runs, including the winning solo shot in the 11th inning, as the Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 6-5.

The Red Sox increased their lead in the AL East to 3 1/2 games over the idle Yankees.

The Blue Jays have lost two straight since winning four of five.

Vernon Wells hit a three-run homer on Monday and is hitting .357 (5-for-14) over his last three games.

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