Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Jul 7, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jul 7, 2012 at 03:08 PM
The entrance to the nearby Rock n Roll Hall of Fame says “The Long Strange Trip,” which is either a tribute to the Grateful Dead or a look back on the first half of the Rays season.
CLEVELAND A couple of notes from Friday’s victory against the Indians …
Luke Scott, as we all know by now, homered in the fifth inning to snap his epic 0-for-41 slump. The last player to blast his way out of a slump that long was Chuck Harrison of the 1971 Royals, who also snapped an 0-for-41 with homer. His came off Detroit’s Mickey Lolich.
Also, the Rays walked eight times to pass the Indians for the most in the majors with 302.
While the Rays committed another error to run their season total to 68, second most in the majors behind Baltimore’s 74, the outfielders improved their combined fielding percentage to .990, which is tied for fifth-best in the big leagues.
Looking ahead to tonight, the Rays aim for their second-straight win as they try to build some momentum into next week’s All-Star Break. The Rays have won only four times in their last 12 games but have won three of five this week.
Matt Moore, 4-0 with a 3.29 ERA in his last six starts, faces the Indians for the first time in his career.
He will be opposed by Indians righty Ubaldo Jimenez, (7-7, 4.59).
Neither team is taking practice on this sweltering afternoon here near the banks of Lake Erie. Temps are in the upper 90s.
Game time is 6:05 p.m. and it is not televised.
Lineups to come.