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 @ Red Sox: Moore tries to stop the skid
Posted Apr 15, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Apr 15, 2012 at 12:36 PM
The Ted Williams statue outside Fenway Park
BOSTON The Rays turn to rookie Matt Moore this afternoon to end this three-game slide that includes two straight drubbings by the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
This is the Rays first three-game losing streak since last September, a streak that was stopped by Moore at Yankee Stadium.
Chris Gimenez arrived from Durham last night and will start today.
Alex Cobb, also recalled from Durham, arrived at the stadium at 11:45 a.m. a little frazzled from a 5 a.m. wakeup for his 8 a.m. flight but more than happy to be back with the big club.
How long he stays depends on when and how much he throws.
The bullpen has been worn down by covering 11 innings over the past three games, and manager Joe Maddon needs a fresh arm out there. Wade Davis, who threw three innings in Friday’s loss, may not be ready to pitch until Tuesday night in Toronto.
If Cobb is needed today, he might be sent back tonight and replaced by a fresh arm.
Also, B.J. Upton completed the Class A portion of his rehab and will head to Double A Montgomery. According to Rays manager Joe Maddon, Upton is scheduled to play three games this week with the Biscuits – DH, center field, DH. He should return by the start of the next homestand.
Here are the lineups:
Moore LHP (0-0, 2.70)
Doubront LHP (0-0, 3.60)