The box score below is an accurate record of events for the baseball contest played on April 23, 2003 at Tropicana Field. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays defeated the Toronto Blue Jays and the box score is "ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye."
"The box score is the catechism of baseball, ready to surrender its truth to the knowing eye." - Author Stanley Cohen in The Man in the Crowd (1981)
Toronto Blue Jays 3, Tampa Bay Devil Rays 4
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||ab||r||h||rbi|
|Toronto Blue Jays||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Hendrickson L (1-3)||7.2||8||4||4||0||3|
|Tampa Bay Devil Rays||IP||H||R||ER||BB||SO|
|Venafro W (1-0)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1|
|Carter SV (3)||0.2||0||0||0||0||1|
E –Myers (3). DP –Toronto 3, Tampa Bay 1. 2B –Tampa Bay Ordonez (5,off Hendrickson); Shumpert (1,off Hendrickson); Anderson (1,off Hendrickson). HR –Toronto Delgado (6,4th inning off Zambrano 0 on, 2 out); Phelps (3,4th inning off Zambrano 0 on, 2 out); Wilson (2,8th inning off Harper 0 on, 1 out). IBB –Huff (4,by Escobar). SB –Hudson 2 (2,2nd base off Zambrano/Hall,2nd base off Harper/Hall); Baldelli (1,2nd base off Escobar/Myers). WP –Escobar (2). IBB –Escobar (1,Huff). U-HP –Andrew Fletcher, 1B –Joe Brinkman, 2B –Derryl Cousins, 3B –Mike DiMuro. T –2:37. A –9,221.
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Fred Schwed, Jr., in How to Watch a Baseball Game (1957) wrote our favorite baseball box score quote, "The baseball box score is the pithiest form of written communication in America today. It is abbreviated history. It is two or three hours (the box score even gives that item to the minute) of complex activity, virtually inscribed on the head of a pin, yet no knowing reader suffers from eyestrain."