Scouting report: Devil Rays vs. O's

April 20, 2004|By Joe Christensen

At Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Day Time TV Starters

Tonight 7:05 CSN Mark Hendrickson (0-1, 5.40) vs. Sidney Ponson (1-0, 5.51)

Tomorrow 7:05 CSN Paul Abbott (1-1, 1.38) vs. Matt Riley (1-0, 1.35)

Thursday 7:05 CSN Victor Zambrano (3-1, 4.01) vs. Kurt Ainsworth (0-1, 10.38)

Radio: All games on WBAL (1090 AM)

Devil Rays update

Tampa Bay took two of three from the Orioles two weekends ago, but the Devil Rays (5-6) fell below the .500 mark for the first time Sunday, with a loss against the Chicago White Sox. Devil Rays starter Jeremi Gonzalez fell to 0-3, and manager Lou Piniella said he's considering replacing Gonzalez in the starting rotation with former Oriole Damian Moss. Center fielder Rocco Baldelli went 0-for-8 in the series against the White Sox, dropping his average to .195. Piniella even tried dropping Baldelli to ninth in the lineup on Sunday, but that didn't help. Baldelli's not the only one struggling. Aubrey Huff is hitting .171, Robert Fick is at .154 and Geoff Blum is at .133. Abbott tossed seven shutout innings, allowing four hits, in Friday night's victory over Chicago. Zambrano was the winning pitcher in Tampa Bay's 10-1 victory over the Orioles on April 11.

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