Toronto (34-43) at Tampa Bay (37-37)

Partly Cloudy Currently: St. Petersburg, FL, US
Temp: 87° F
  • Game info: 7:15 pm EDT Wed Jun 30, 2004
  • TV: RSN
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If there’s one noticeable trait with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays these days, it is their ability to bounce back quickly.

They’ll try to do just that in the third of a four-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at Tropicana Field.

The Devil Rays, coming off a 4-0 loss Tuesday, haven’t lost consecutive games since June 6-8. Tampa Bay’s loss was just its third in the last 19 games, a stretch that includes a club-record 12-game winning streak.

Dewon Brazelton, who took a no-hitter into the eighth inning in his last start, will be back on the mound for Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

The third pick in the 2001 draft, Brazelton ended up allowing just one hit with five strikeouts in 7 2-3 innings of a 2-0 win against the defending World Series champion Florida Marlins on Friday. It was a promising performance for the 24-year-old right-hander, who went 1-6 with a 6.89 ERA in 10 starts last season before being demoted to Single-A Bakersfield.

“What happened last year, happened last year,” Brazelton said. “I really don’t think about it any more.”

“I’ve been through a lot. But everybody in here has been through a lot.”

So has Josh Towers, who’ll start for Toronto.

Demoted to the minors after compiling a 7.68 ERA in his first two starts of this season, Towers is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA in his last two starts. The right-hander beat visiting Montreal 3-1 on Friday, allowing one run and six hits over seven innings.

In his last four starts, Towers has allowed one run three times while pitching seven innings on each of those occasions.

“He’s certainly making a case for himself,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said.

The Blue Jays have won just six times in their last 15 games.

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J. Towers LAD vs. D. Brazelton STL
9-9 Record 6-8
5.11 ERA 4.77
51 K 64
26 BB 53
1.50 WHIP 1.44