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BUZZ LOSE AGAIN, BUT ROOF ISN'T WORRIED

The Salt Lake Buzz have scored exactly three runs in their last three games - all losses. Yet Buzz manager Phil Roof isn't worried. In fact, he's licking his chops at the offensive potential of his new-look club.

"I'm tickled with these guys. I couldn't ask for a better ballclub," Roof said after the Buzz dropped a 3-2 game to the Edmonton Trappers at the start of an eight-game homestand Friday night. "We're going to score some runs. Three weeks from now we'll be scoring a lot more than two runs (per game), I can guarantee you that."Roof has reason to be optimistic about the Buzz's scoring potential. After all, Salt Lake led the PCL - a notorious hitters' league - with a .310 team batting average last season. The Buzz team that played Friday in front 8,612 fans at Franklin Quest Field more closely resembles last year's club than the Buzz team of a week ago.

In Friday's starting lineup were infielders Steve Dunn, Brian Raabe, Denny Hocking and Scott Stahoviak, catcher Mike Durant and outfielder Rich Becker. The sextet were Buzz regulars a year ago. They rejoined the team during last week's road trip after a strike-shortened spring training with the Minnesota Twins.

"We've got guys who had two weeks of spring training and are two weeks behind everybody else," Roof said. "You can't expect these guys to be sharp yet, so we're going to have to struggle for a few days until they get their confidence and swings back."

Edmonton starter Tim Smith gave up no runs and two hits in seven innings.

In the ninth, Raabe led off with triple to left-center off Trapper closer Todd Revenig. Riccardo Ingram followed with an RBI double to right-center. With one out pinch hitter Mitch Simons drove in Ingram with a Texas League single to right. Dunn, who had two hits on the night, hit the ball hard but right at the Trapper second baseman, who doubled off Stahoviak from second to end the game.

"That was the hardest ball I hit all night," Dunn said of his final at bat.

Buzz starter Mike Trombley pitched well, but fell to 0-3 on the year.

The Trappers broke a scoreless tie in the fifth inning when catcher Mike Maksudian led off with a triple to right and scored on a sacrifice fly by Damon Mashore. Edmonton added a pair of runs in the sixth, with the aid of a two-base error by Becker in right field.

Trombley pitched five-plus innings, giving up just four hits and two earned runs. He was relieved by Carlos Pulido, who was activated Friday after being the final cut by the parent Minnesota Twins. Pulido pitched two scoreless innings. Shawn Bryant and Erik Schullstrom each pitched a shutout inning of relief, with Schullstrom looking particularly sharp in striking out two of the three batters he faced.

The Buzz are now 9-11 on the year, while Edmonton improved to 9-9.

BUZZ BRIEFS: Today's game time has been changed to 3 p.m. from it's original 7 p.m. start so that it won't conflict with the second game of the Jazz-Rockets playoff series. Oscar Munoz (0-0, 0.00 ERA), who pitched four scoreless innings in his only start so far this year, will be on the mound for Salt Lake, while Edmonton will go with Jeff Bittiger (2-0, 5.28 ERA) . . . Buzz slugger Bernardo Brito missed his third consecutive game with a bruised rib-cage muscle. His status is listed as day-to-day . . . To make room for Pulido the Buzz placed pitcher Bill Wissler on the 15-day disabled list with elbow tendinitis in his throwing arm. Pulido spent all of last season in the majors where he was 3-7 with a 5.98 ERA in 19 appearances (14 starts) with Minnesota . . . Salt Lake's three game losing streak is its longest of the year.