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MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - INSIDE PITCH
The Rays felt lefty Matt Moore deserved to be on the American League All-Star team.
Even though team officials got the news before Thursday's game that he had been added, they felt even better that Moore went out and showed how deserving he was in getting his 13th victory.
"This was like wrapping it all into a nice little package because there's always been these little odds and ends that have been missing," manager Joe Maddon said. "Today everything looked right. That was an All-Star pitching out there."
Maddon said Moore was so sharp, his command so good, his breaking pitches so crisp that he felt it was "no-hit stuff."
Moore looked that way for a while, retiring the first 11 before a walk and not allowing the first hit until the sixth.
"I had a feeling that you run into every once in a while," Moore said.
He felt pretty good after the game, when he was officially given word that he was the replacement for injured Texas pitcher Yu Darvish on the American League team.
"It means a lot," Moore said. "To be honest with you, my second year in the big leagues, if you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have just been happy to be here.
"So for the way things are going right now, I'm ecstatic about being a part of the festivities and being at the game with the best players in the game. It's definitely something I'm looking forward to. I'm very excited to see what it's all about. So I'm kind of left without words to be honest with you."
Moore joins Ben Zobrist as the Rays' representatives.
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - NOTES, QUOTES
STREAK: Won eight
PAST 10 GAMES: 9-1
NEXT: Astros (Jarred Cosart, 0-0, 0.00, debut) at Rays (David Price, 3-4, 4.18)
--LHP David Price (3-4, 4.18) seems to have regained the dominant form that led to his AL Cy Young Award selection last season. The visiting Astros will be fully aware entering a Friday rematch with Price, who needed only 70 pitches to complete seven innings against them en route to an 8-0 victory for the Rays on July 2 in Houston. The outing marked his return from 47 days on the disabled list with a triceps strain. Price followed up that gem by going the distance in a 3-1 triumph against the White Sox on Sunday at Tropicana Field. Price has won both of his starts against the Astros.
--LHP Matt Moore (13-3, 3.44) worked into the eighth inning of a 4-3 victory -- his fifth win in a row for Tampa Bay -- against the Twins on Thursday at Tropicana Field. The 24-year-old broke the club record for victories before the All-Star Game set last year by reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price, who on Thursday leaked the news that Moore had been added to the AL All-Star roster. "I'm really excited. It means a lot," said Moore, who was selected by AL manager Jim Leyland to replace injured Texas Rangers starter Yu Darvish. "I'm ecstatic about being a part of the festivities and being at the game with the best players in the game."
--DH Luke Scott and 3B Evan Longoria put the Rays ahead to stay with back-to-back home runs in a 4-3 victory against the Twins on Thursday. The sixth-inning blast by Scott was his seventh of the season, the second in a four-game sweep of Minnesota at Tropicana Field, and extended his hitting streak to a season-best seven games.
--RHP Alex Cobb (6-2, 3.01) threw his third bullpen session Thursday morning as he continues his recovery from a concussion -- the result of a line drive off the bat of Eric Hosmer that struck the side of his head in a June 15 game against the Royals. Manager Joe Maddon is unsure when Cobb will return to the rotation, but both are guardedly optimistic it will be in August.
--SS Yunel Escobar, who entered Thursday's game against Minnesota as a defensive replacement in the seventh inning, has not committed an error in his last 49 games. He is only three shy of the Tampa Bay record at the position, set by Chris Gomez in 2002. Collectively, the Rays have erred only twice in their past 17 games. Tampa Bay has been charged with only 36 defensive lapses all season, less than half of its total through 93 games last year.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "It means a lot. To be honest with you, my second year in the big leagues, if you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have just been happy to be here. So for the way things are going right now, I'm ecstatic about being a part of the festivities and being at the game with the best players in the game. It's definitely something I'm looking forward to. I'm very excited to see what it's all about. So I'm kind of left without words to be honest with you." -- LHP Matt Moore, on being chosen to the All-Star Game as a replacement for Texas RHP Yu Darvish.
MLB Team Report - Tampa Bay Rays - ROSTER REPORT
--RHP Alex Cobb (concussion) went on the seven-day disabled list June 16. Cobb said June 24 he was still having symptoms but was confident he would return this season. He returned to the mound July 5 to throw a bullpen session, threw a second July 8 and July 11. He said he is eyeing a return in late July or early August.
--RHP Brandon Gomes (right lat strain) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 8. He threw his first bullpen session June 16. He began a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte on June 24, but he had a setback in his recovery June 27. He resumed throwing July 8, had his first bullpen session on July 11, and hopes to start a rehab assignment during the All-Star break.
--RHP Jeff Niemann (sore right shoulder) went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 28, and he was transferred to the 60-day DL on April 16. He had season-ending surgery April 10 to repair his rotator cuff and labrum. The expected recovery time is nine to 12 months.
--RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo (Tommy John surgery in September 2012) went on the 60-day disabled list on March 31. He is spending most of the season rehabbing his elbow, throwing his first bullpen session on June 16, with the possibility he could help the Rays in September. Plus, they hold a 2014 option.
LHP David Price
RHP Jeremy Hellickson
RHP Roberto Hernandez
LHP Matt Moore
RHP Chris Archer
RHP Fernando Rodney (closer)
RHP Joel Peralta
LHP Jake McGee
RHP Kyle Farnsworth
LHP Cesar Ramos
RHP Jamey Wright
LHP Alex Torres
1B James Loney
2B Ben Zobrist
SS Yunel Escobar
3B Evan Longoria
DH Kelly Johnson
INF/OF Sean Rodriguez
LF Sam Fuld
CF Desmond Jennings
RF Wil Myers
OF Matt Joyce
OF Luke Scott