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Today: Devil Rays vs. Blue Jays

By Times staff writers

© St. Petersburg Times, published June 29, 2000


WHEN/WHERE: 12:15; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.

TV/RADIO: Fox Sports Net; WFLA-AM 970, WLCC-AM 760 (Spanish).

PITCHERS: Toronto -- RHP Frank Castillo. Tampa Bay -- RHP Cory Lidle.

NOTES: Lidle earned his first major-league win as a starter in eight tries in his last start, a 7-4 win over Texas on Friday. ... Lidle took a while to get a win as a starter, but the Rays have been effective (4-1) in his starts. ... Lidle's only loss came against the Blue Jays, when he allowed two runs in 31/3 innings of relief on May 13 at Tropicana Field. ... Gates open at 10:15 a.m. ... Today is Parks & Recreation Day and mascot Raymond's birthday bash. Mascots from the Oakland A's, Orlando Magic, Florida Marlins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Lightning will attend the party. Children can run the bases after the game.

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Tropicana Field was the site Wednesday morning for the annual Devil Rays media game, or, as it might also be known, the battle of the bulge. The print media beat the electronic media 6-5, with the game ending on a bases-loaded popup in the ninth. The stadium operations staff videotaped the game and ran replays on the DiamondVision screen in rightfield. The staff claims, however, to have no footage of the ground rule double hit by Times beat writer Marc Topkin.

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