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Kazmir loses first major league game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Before the storm, the Detroit Tigers
sent Tampa Bay to one more loss.

Jeremy Bonderman pitched seven solid innings to send rookie
Scott Kazmir to his first major league loss, and Dmitri Young hit a
two-run homer that led the Tigers past Tampa Bay 4-2 Friday night
and extended the Devil Rays' losing streak to seven.

The remainder of the three-game series on Saturday and Sunday
was postponed because of Hurricane Frances, which was approaching
Florida. The games will be made up as part of a doubleheader on
Sept. 30.

"It's unfortunate, but safety's first as we all know," Tigers
manager Alan Trammell said. "Baseball's definitely not a priority
when you're talking about lives. I'm glad that we're making the
right decision as far as I'm concerned."

Parts of Florida still are recovering from Hurricane Charley,
which hit last month.

"We did the right thing," Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella said.
"The state, it will be hit twice over a short period of time.
Let's just hope that there's not too many people suffering from
this hurricane. That's the important thing."

Detroit planned to return home after Friday's game and scheduled
a workout for Comerica Park on Sunday. The Devil Rays intended to
remain home before traveling to New York for Monday's start of a
five-game series against the Yankees.

The Devil Rays tentatively plan to leave Monday. The first game
of the doubleheader is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

Bonderman (8-11) gave up two runs and four hits, striking out
eight and walking three.

"I just attacked the zone and made them hit my pitch,"
Bonderman said.

Esteban Yan pitched a perfect ninth for his third save. He is
filling in for closer Ugueth Urbina, who returned to Venezuela
after his mother was kidnapped Thursday by four unidentified men
disguised as police officers.

Kazmir (1-1), acquired from the New York Mets on July 30 for
Victor Zambrano, allowed four runs, four hits and six walks in five
innings, striking out seven.

"Beginning of the game, I was just struggling to find my
command," Kazmir said.

Tampa Bay closer Danys Baez pitched for the first since time
being reunited with his parents, Gilberto and Miriam, who recently
left Cuba on tourist visas. They saw each other for the first time
in five years Thursday night.

"I'm very happy," Baez said. "You never think it's going to
be five years between the time when you see your mom and dad. It's
awesome."

Baez, who defected on Aug. 1, 1999, while with Cuba's national
team, worked a scoreless ninth. His parents first went to Mexico
before being granted permission to enter the United States.

It was the first time Baez's parent had him seen pitch in
person.

"It was very special," Baez said.

Detroit went ahead in the second on a run-scoring passed ball by
Toby Hall and an RBI triple by Brandon Inge after shortstop Julio
Lugo misplayed Marcus Thames' infield-fly-rule popup, which allowed
runners to move up.

Lugo said the ball struck an overhead wire, which would make it
a dead ball.

Young homered in the third for a 4-0 lead. He once coached
Kazmir at an amateur baseball tournament.

"He has great stuff," said Young, who struck out against
Kazmir in the first.

Geoff Blum hit an RBI grounder in the fifth, and Jose Cruz Jr.
had a run-scoring infield single when Bonderman was late covering
at first.

"We didn't play a bad ballgame," Piniella said. "We just
didn't hit."

Game notes
The Devil Rays also had a game with Oakland canceled
because of an approaching hurricane on Sept. 17, 2000. ... Tampa
Bay 1B Tino Martinez went 0-for-4 and is hitless 19 at-bats. He is
1-for-28 over the past seven games. ... Monroe was 1-for-4 to
extend his hitting streak to seven games. He has a hit in 18 of
this last 19 games. ... Tampa Bay recalled RHP Franklin Nunez from
Triple-A Durham.