Scouting report: Orioles vs. Devil Rays

April 19, 2002|By Joe Christensen

Scouting report: Orioles vs. Devil Rays

At Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Day Time TV Starters

Today 7:15 p.m. 13 Calvin Maduro (1-1, 6.30) vs. Tanyon Sturtze (0-2, 7.56)

Tomorrow 6:15 p.m. 54, 50 Jason Johnson (0-3, 6.28) vs. Paul Wilson (1-0, 1.20)

Sunday 1:15 p.m. 13, 50 Sidney Ponson (0-1, 7.88) vs. Delvin James (0-1, 3.60)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Devil Rays update The Orioles split two games against the Devil Rays last week at Camden Yards after the first game was rained out. The Devil Rays have gone 2-4 since then, losing two of three against Toronto and then becoming the first team to lose to the Detroit Tigers. Tampa actually lost two straight to Detroit before defeating them yesterday, 6-4. Sturtze was projected as the team's ace but opponents have hit .329 against him in his first three starts. Wilson has posted a 2.20 ERA since the 2001 All-Star break, which is the third-best mark in the American League. Tampa Bay's bullpen continues to be its Achilles' heel. The Devil Rays' relievers entered yesterday with a 6.98 ERA. The Orioles found out just how bad that bullpen was when they set a franchise record for most runs in an inning on April 10. The Orioles scored 12 runs in the sixth inning en route to 15-6 victory.

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