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Devil Rays' owner defends not releasing troubled rookie Dukes

Updated: June 24, 2007, 10:05 AM ET
Associated Press

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Tampa Bay Devil Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg defended the team's decision to place Elijah Dukes on the temporary inactive list rather than release the troubled rookie outfielder.

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Dukes, whose wife obtained a restraining order after she said the ballplayer threatened her, was optioned to the minor leagues Friday and will be given time away from the game to try to straighten out his personal life.

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