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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

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:

Jennings CF
Peña 1B
Longoria 3B
Keppinger 2B
Zobrist RF
Scott DH
Rodriguez SS
Joyce LF
Gimenez C

Moore LHP (0-0, 2.70)

Aviles SS
Pedroia 2B
Gonzalez 1B
Youkilis 3B
Ortiz DH
Ross RF
McDonald LF
Shoppach C
Repko CF

Doubront LHP (0-0, 3.60)

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