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Devil Rays 6, Royals 3

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Aubrey Huff can't wait until Sunday afternoon.

Huff homered and drove in four runs and Casey Fossum took a shutout into the eighth inning, leading the Tampa Bay Devil Rays past the Kansas City Royals 6-3 on Friday night.

Huff has become a focal point in trade talks involving the Devil Rays before Sunday's deadline for non-waiver deals. Latest speculation includes Huff ending up with Boston, which recently placed outfielder Trot Nixon on the disabled list and could be exploring potential deals for left fielder Manny Ramirez.

"If something happens, you can't really worry about it or think about it," Huff said. "I guess when you get traded, it's a compliment. Somebody wants you."

"It could be Boston tonight ... it could be somebody else the next night. You can't pay attention to it. Last year at this time, there were rumors with me, too, and I'm still here. You never know."

It's believed that if a deal involving Huff, or closer Danys Baez, is completed, it could take place Saturday.

Scouts from several teams -- including the New York Mets, Atlanta, Texas and the Chicago White Sox -- have been at Tropicana Field. The Red Sox completed a three-game series at Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Fossum (6-8) held the Royals scoreless until David DeJesus -- his last batter of the game -- hit a one-out RBI double in the eighth. The left-hander ended up allowing two runs and six hits in 7 1/3 innings. He struck out five and walked one.

"I'm going out there and putting the ball exactly where I want it," Fossum said. "I'm not giving in to hitters in certain fastball counts. I'm just going right after the hitters."

The Devil Rays are 10-5 since the All-Star break. Fossum and Scott Kazmir are 6-1 during that stretch.

The victory moved Tampa Bay manager Lou Piniella (1,490-1,391) within one win of tying Hall of Famer Clark Griffith for 18th place on the career list.

Huff hit a three-run shot off D.J. Carrasco (5-5) during a four-run first. He has four homers and 16 RBI in his last nine games. The other run in the first scored on Jonny Gomes' single.

"When Huff hits, we score more runs ... that's obvious," Piniella said. "Get on the board in the first inning with a three-run homer, that's big."

Huff made it 5-0 with an RBI single against Leo Nunez in the seventh.

"It's the best I've felt all year," Huff said.

Baez pitched a perfect ninth for his 20th save in 27 opportunities.

Kansas City scored five times in the first two innings of Thursday's 10-5 loss at Tampa Bay, but then failed to score in 14 consecutive innings before DeJesus' run-scoring double. Pinch-hitter Terrence Long added an RBI single off Travis Harper, and Emil Brown drove in a run with a single against Joe Borowski to get Kansas City to 5-3.

"If we produced early in the game, the story could have been different," Royals catcher Alberto Castillo said. "But I think (Fossum) threw the ball real well."

Alex Gonzalez's RBI grounder made it 6-3 in the eighth.

Carrasco gave up four runs and six innings in six innings. He had three strikeouts and four walks.

"They're good bad-ball hitters," Carrasco said. "There's balls four or five inches off the ground and these guys still hit that pitch. You've got to be careful and not leave something over the middle of the plate, but yet try to get a pitch that they can't really drive."

Notes

Huff has 13 homers. Six have been three-run shots and two were grand slams. ... Royals manager Buddy Bell said he plans to give C John Buck, hitless in his last 10 at-bats, a couple days off. Castillo, who replaced Buck, went 2-for-2 with a walk.

 
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Players of the Game
Tampa Bay

A. Huff
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

C. Fossum
IP 7.1
H 6
ER 2
BB 1
K 5
 
Kansas City Royals
David DeJesus, CF4121023 .298
Chip Ambres, LF3000013 .400
   a- Terrence Long, PH-LF1111000 .283
Mike Sweeney, DH4010000 .315
Emil Brown, RF4021010 .291
Matt Stairs, 1B4000011 .256
Angel Berroa, SS4000003 .256
Donnie Murphy, 2B4010000 .269
Alberto Castillo, C2120100 .219
   b- Ruben Gotay, PH1000000 .234
Joe McEwing, 3B3000002 .257
   c- Mark Teahen, PH1000010 .251
Totals353931612 
a-singled for Ambres in the 8th
b-flied out for Castillo in the 9th
c-struck out for McEwing in the 9th
Batting
2B - David DeJesus (24, Fossum)
RBI - David DeJesus (47), Terrence Long (32), Emil Brown (48)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Berroa-Murphy-Stairs, Berroa-Murphy-Stairs
E - Angel Berroa (12, misplayed grounder)
Kansas City Royals
D.J. Carrasco (L,5-5) 6644431 4.37
Leo Nunez 1311010 7.17
Andy Sisco 1211000 2.54
WP - D.J. Carrasco (4)
Pitches-Strikes - D.J. Carrasco 106-67, Leo Nunez 26-22, Andy Sisco 24-17
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D.J. Carrasco 6-8, Leo Nunez 1-1, Andy Sisco 3-0
Batters Faced - D.J. Carrasco 27, Leo Nunez 6, Andy Sisco 5
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Julio Lugo, SS5220001 .299
Carl Crawford, LF5110002 .286
Jorge Cantu, 2B4020001 .291
Aubrey Huff, DH3124101 .270
Damon Hollins, CF-RF4010012 .279
Travis Lee, 1B3100104 .253
Jonny Gomes, RF2021200 .283
    Joey Gathright, PR-CF0100000 .254
Pete Laforest, C3000014 .125
   a- Toby Hall, PH-C1010000 .278
Alex Gonzalez, 3B4001021 .264
Totals3461164416 
a-singled for Laforest in the 8th
Batting
HR - Aubrey Huff (13, Carrasco)
RBI - Aubrey Huff 4 (63), Jonny Gomes (21), Alex Gonzalez (19)
2-OUT RBI - Jonny Gomes (7)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Lee, Cantu-Lugo-Lee
E - Alex Gonzalez (9, misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
Casey Fossum (W,6-8) 7.1622150 3.83
Travis Harper0111000 7.54
Joe Borowski (H,8) 0.2200000 3.93
Danys Baez (S,20) 1000010 3.11
Pitches-Strikes - Casey Fossum 115-72, Travis Harper 5-2, Joe Borowski 18-12, Danys Baez 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Casey Fossum 8-8, Joe Borowski 2-0, Danys Baez 1-1
Batters Faced - Casey Fossum 28, Travis Harper 1, Joe Borowski 4, Danys Baez 3
Game Information
Attendance - 12250
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Joe Brinkman, Second Base - Derryl Cousins, Third Base - Jeff Nelson