Boston (56-47) at Tampa Bay (50-54)

Fair Currently: St. Petersburg, FL
Temp: 84° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Mon Aug 2, 2004
  • TV: ESPN, WPXM
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Orlando Cabrera certainly made quite an impression in his first day as a Red Sox.

The newly acquired shortstop homered in his first at-bat, but his error in the field cost the Red Sox the game Sunday for yet another series loss on the road.

Cabrera and the Red Sox look for better results when they begin a three-game series with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays at Tropicana Field.

Cabrera was acquired from Montreal in a four-team deal that sent long-time star Nomar Garciaparra to the Chicago Cubs just before Saturday’s trading deadline.

The 2001 National League Gold Glove winner was acquired in hopes of improving Boston’s suspect defense. However, his error in the eighth inning allowed the go-ahead run to score in the Red Sox’ 4-3 loss Sunday to the Minnesota Twins.

“I came here to win, so I was really disappointed when I made that error,” said Cabrera, who was hitting .246 with four homers and 31 RBIs for the Expos. “Hopefully in the next couple of games we’ll improve and start winning. This is the best opportunity I’ve had in my career so I’m going to take advantage of it.”

Red Sox manager Terry Francona wasn’t too concerned with Cabrera’s miscue.

“It could have been played better, but we’re dealing with a guy who’s been here for an hour,” Francona said. “It’s impossible to go over everything in an hour.”

Manny Ramirez homered for the Red Sox as their struggles away from Fenway Park continue. Boston has not won a road series since taking two of three from the Kansas City Royals on June 4-6. The Red Sox are 8-15 in that span— compared to a 16-9 record at home in that stretch—for a 0-5-3 record in eight series.

Boston will open with knuckleballer Tim Wakefield, who has dominated the Devil Rays while going 9-1 with a 2.61 ERA in 22 career appearances, including 12 starts. He is 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA in 12 appearaces, including six starts, at Tropicana Field.

Tampa Bay has won five of six on its season-high 13-game homestand, and is 24-11 at Tropicana Field since May 20.

Aubrey Huff hit a two-run homer—his fourth in nine games—as the Devil Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-3 on Sunday. Carl Crawford hit his major league-leading 17th triple for Tampa Bay, who had lost six straight entering the homestand.

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T. Wakefield Bos vs. M. Hendrickson Bal
12-10 Record 10-15
4.87 ERA 4.81
116 K 87
63 BB 46
1.38 WHIP 1.40