Tampa Bay Devil Rays Team Report - August 12
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(Sports Network) - The Tampa Bay Devil Rays try get back on the winning track this afternoon when they conclude their four-game set with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Tampa will pin its hopes on lefthander Mark Hendrickson, who has lost his last two starts and three of his last four decisions. In his last trip to the hill on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners, Hendrickson yielded five runs and 11 hits in 6 1/3 innings and dropped to 8-10 on the season. Hendrickson, who has pitched to a 4.24 ERA this season, has lost two of his three starts to the Red Sox this season and is 1-2 lifetime against them with a 6.51 ERA in eight games - seven starts. In the third game of the set on Wednesday, Kevin Millar went 4-for-4 with a home run and four RBI as Boston rolled to a 14-4 rout. Boston put up 13 runs in the first three innings and torched Devil Rays starter Dewon Brazelton, who lasted just 1 2/3 frames. Brazelton (4-4) was charged with eight runs -- seven earned -- on five hits while walking three and hitting two batters. Aubrey Huff, Tino Martinez and Brook Fordyce each had two hits and an RBI for Tampa Bay, which has dropped the last two in the series. On the milestone watch, Huff, who has seven multi-hit games in his last nine, now has 602 career hits and is one shy of tying Fred McGriff's franchise record. Boston has won nine of its 12 matchups with the Devil Rays this season, including five of six played in Beantown. The Red Sox are also a dominating 51-18 in this series since the start of the 2001 season. Tampa is 17-35 all- time at Fenway Park and 3-12 under manager Lou Piniella. The Devil Rays have posted a 20-34 mark on the road.