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Tampa Bay Devil Rays Team Report - April 26

Postby WebHamster » Mon Apr 26, 2004 2:00 pm

(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays found themselves on the wrong end of a 6-5 decision to the Chicago White Sox in the rubber match of their three- game set at U.S. Cellular Field.

Carl Crawford had four hits with a run scored, while Toby Hall and Aubrey Huff each homered for Tampa Bay, which has dropped three of its last four contests.

Trever Miller (0-1), who pitched to three batters in the ninth without recording an out, absorbed the loss and gave up a run on a hit and two walks.

Following a day off on Monday, the Devil Rays will return to action on Tuesday when they start a three-game series against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Heading to the hill for the Devil Rays in the series-opener will be veteran righthander Paul Abbott, who has won his last two starts and is 2-1 on the season with a 2.37 earned run average.

Abbott, who has begun two of his three starts with at least four hitless innings, earned the win on Wednesday against the Baltimore Orioles, as he yielded three runs and two hits over six frames. He also struck out four and walked a pair.

The 36-year-old hurler has faced the Red Sox eight times - three starts - in his career and is 2-1 against them with an impressive 1.88 ERA.

At 7-10, the Rays' record is better after 17 games than three of the past four seasons and the same as in 2002.

Jose Cruz Jr. is 0-for-his-last-25.
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