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Public carping about a stadium is not a sport limited to the Tampa Bay area. Consider this paragraph from Seattle Weekly about the retractable roof at Safeco Field. "The roof offers some diversion in slack innings: Try to figure out what it looks like. The Kingdome was easy: It looked like a giant juice squeezer. But the folded-up roof is more elusive. From inside it's kind of an immense undersea creature _ I was waiting for it to lean over and suck us all up. What creature? A skate, or manta ray, a sea slug, an octopus, a horseshoe crab? Or a dung beetle, or the mothership in Close Encounters?"

FRIDAY: INDIANS AT DEVIL RAYS

WHEN/WHERE: 7:05; Tropicana Field, St. Petersburg.

TV/RADIO: Ch. 32; WFLA-AM 970, WDCF-AM 1350, WZHR-AM 1400, WWJB-AM 1450, WTBL-AM 1470, WBDN-760 AM (Spanish).

PITCHERS: Cleveland _ RHP Dave Burba (8-6, 4.90). Tampa Bay _ RHP Rolando Arrojo (2-7, 6.10).

ETC: The Rays are off today _ probably a good thing, since they won't get home from Seattle until about 8 a.m. _ then open a six-game homestand against Cleveland and Baltimore. This is the Indians' only appearance at the Trop this season. Tickets are available for all games, though fewer than 1,000 of the special $3 discounted Wade Boggs seats are available for Friday and Saturday.

RAYS INFO: Call (727) 825-3137; (888) FAN-RAYS.

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