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Rays cut Abbott, call up prospect Brazelton

Updated: June 3, 2004, 10:27 PM ET
Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Tampa Bay Devil Rays shook up their struggling pitching staff on Thursday, releasing veteran starter Paul Abbott and calling up prized prospect Dewon Brazelton.

They also designated right-hander Jason Standridge for assignment and recalled right-hander Jesus Colome, who will pitch in middle relief.

Brazelton, a right-hander, replaces Abbott in the rotation and will start Sunday at Baltimore.

"With Paul, it was difficult letting him go," manager Lou Piniella ...

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