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When Wade Boggs took the mound Tuesday, Dave Martinez was watching enviously from centerfield. "That was my job," Martinez said. "I missed my Devil Rays pitching debut." Martinez has made two pitching appearances, working of an inning for Montreal in 1990 and throwing a scoreless inning for the White Sox in 1995 against Cleveland. Manager Larry Rothschild said he would consider using Martinez on the mound, but the 34-year-old has been bothered by a sore back.

TONIGHT: DEVIL RAYS AT ROYALS

WHEN/WHERE: 8:05; Kauffman Stadium, Kansas City, Mo.

TV/RADIO: Ch.

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

PITCHERS: Tampa Bay _ LHP Wilson Alvarez (6-6, 4.57). Kansas City _ RHP Blake Stein (0-0, 7.71).

ETC: Alvarez returned from the disabled list in style Sunday, working five sharp innings (allowing two runs on five hits) and recording his sixth win. He is 2-6 with a 3.61 ERA in eight games at Kauffman Stadium. Stein, who stands 6 feet 7 and weighs 230 pounds, was acquired from Oakland in the Kevin Appier trade. He allowed three hits and two runs over six innings in his K.C. debut on Aug. 8. The Rays return home Aug. 20, facing the Royals.

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

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