Detroit (70-87) at Tampa Bay (67-89)

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  • Game info: 1:15 pm EDT Thu Sep 30, 2004
  • TV: WKBD, FSFL
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Mark Hendrickson hopes to build on one of his best starts of the season as the Tampa Bay Devil Rays host the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader to make up games postponed by Hurricane Frances.

After Thursday’s twinbill, scheduled after two games were postponed on Sept. 4 and 5, the teams will head to Comerica Park in Detroit to close out the season with a three-game set.

Starting the nightcap, Hendrickson is coming off Friday’s 4-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Winning his second straight decision following a seven-game losing streak, the 6-foot-9 left-hander allowed one earned run and five hits over seven innings, striking out five and walking none.

Hendrickson, whose previous win came in relief in a 7-4 victory over Kansas City on Sept. 21, posted his first win as a starter since a 10-1 triumph over Kansas City on July 28. In his first season with the Devil Rays, Hendrickson is 10-15 with a 4.90 ERA.

Hendrickson will follow struggling starter Dewon Brazelton, who is going up against Jeremy Bonderman in the opener.

Brazelton is 0-3 with an 8.80 ERA in his last six starts, but started to straighten himself out in Toronto’s 6-5 win over the Blue Jays on Saturday. He allowed three runs and three hits over seven innings.

The Devil Rays played spoiler Wednesday, topping Pedro Martinez and the Boston Red Sox 9-4 to close out a three-game set at Tropicana Field.

Martinez lost to the Devil Rays for the second time in just over two weeks, allowing six runs and 10 hits in five innings. The defeat all but eliminated Boston from the AL East race.

The Devil Rays scored one in the first, three in the second and one in the fourth before going up 6-3 on Jorge Cantu’s sacrifice fly in the fifth. Tino Martinez added a three-run homer in the eighth off Alan Embree.

“I managed 10 years in Seattle, and we had some real good teams there,” Devil Rays manager Lou Piniella said. “My teams in Seattle never beat Pedro. Until two weeks ago, I had never managed a game where we had beat Pedro. Now we’ve beat him two in a row. How do you explain baseball?”

The Tigers have dropped six of eight, including Wednesday’s 11-2 defeat to the Chicago White Sox. Jason Johnson lost his seventh straight decision and hasn’t won since he helped Detroit beat the White Sox on July 29. He gave up seven runs and nine hits, including six homers, over seven innings.

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J. Bonderman Det vs. D. Brazelton StL
11-13 Record 6-8
4.89 ERA 4.77
168 K 64
73 BB 53
1.31 WHIP 1.44