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Devil Rays pick up Lugo's option

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St. Petersburg, FL (Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay exercised an option Wednesday on shortstop 's contract that will extend his stay with the team through the 2004 season. Lugo, who signed with Tampa Bay in May after being released by Houston, batted .275 with 15 homers and 53 RBI in 117 games with the . He would have become a free agent on November 1st if the team had not exercised the option.

The 27-year-old Lugo was stellar after the All-Star break, posting 12 homers and 37 RBI on his way to setting a new club record for those categories.

Lugo had been designated for assignment by the on May 1, one day after he was arrested and charged with hitting his wife in the face and slamming her head on a car hood.

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