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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Rays @ Rangers: First pitch pushed back at least 60 minutes by rain
Posted Apr 10, 2013 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 10, 2013 at 12:10 PM
ARLINGTON, Texas – It’s a miserable day here in North Texas. It’s raining and 38, which is 40 degrees colder than it was at first pitch Tuesday night.
Today’s first pitch will be delayed for at least 60 minutes while they wait for a storm front to pass through the area. The heavy rain was expected to have already moved through but it is moving slower than anticipated.
The Rays will try snap a three-game losing streak if they do play.
Matt Moore will pitch at Rangers Ballpark for the first time since his stunning start in the 2011 American League Division Series. He blanked the Rangers on two hits over seven innings in the Rays 9-0 victory.
Evan Longoria is the DH today. The Rays want his bat in the lineup since he is hitting .342. Ben Zobrist, who will play second this afternoon, is batting .345, making them the only two regulars batting above .250.
As a team the Rays are hitting .231, which is 13th in the 15-team American League.
Joe Maddon is piling up the right-handers today against Rangers lefty Derek Holland.
Here is the Rays lineup: