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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 v Twins: Moore has surgery, Fuld returns to Trop, lineups

Posted Apr 22, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 05:45 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore underwent successful Tommy John surgery this afternoon to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.

The surgery was performed in Pensacola by Dr. James Andrews, the Rays medical director and a leader in this type of surgery.

Moore is the 13th pitcher in the major leagues to have this type of surgery since the beginning of spring training. He is the first Ray to undergo their procedure since pitcher Jason Isringhausen in 2009.

Moore is expected to miss 12 to 15 months. He will do his rehab in St. Petersburg with the Rays training staff.

In other news, CF Desmond Jennings returns to the lineup tonight after not starting for the last three games against the Yankees because of a sore groin.

RHP Juan Carlos Oviedo has been reinstated from the disabled list. Oviedo, who hasn’t pitched since Sept. 21 2011 because of visa issues and Tommy John surgery, said he is ready to get back on the mound. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he will ease Oviedo into the mix of relievers but expects Oviedo to be a big part of the back end of the bullpen.

Finally, former Rays OF Sam Fuld returned to the Trop today as a member of the Twins. Fuld, claimed off waivers on Sunday, joined his new team today. He called the experience of walking into the Trop “strange,” “great” and “crazy.” He said hello to his old teammates while meeting his new teammates.

Here are the lineups:

TWINS
Dozier 2B
Mauer 1B
Plouffe 3B
Colabello RF
Kubel LF
Pinto DH
Suzuki C
Hicks CF
Florimon SS

Gibson RHP (3-0, 0.93)

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Jennings CF
Joyce DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
DeJesus LF
Escobar SS
Molina C

Price LHP (2-1, 4.39)


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Rays v Yanks: Nova to DL, Teixeira returns, updates on Cobb, Helly, DJ and lineups

Posted Apr 20, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 20, 2014 at 11:55 AM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The big news out of the Trop this morning is the Yankees placed RHP Ivan Nova on the 15-day DL with a partial tear of his right UCL, the same injury that will lead to Tommy John surgery for Rays LHP Matt Moore.

The Yankees made a flurry of roster moves this morning, including activating 1B Mark Teixeira from the DL. Teixeira is batting fifth.

On the Rays side, CF Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup again because of a sore groin. He said he doesn’t believe it is a long term issue. In fact, he said he’s come to the Trop each day during this four-game series expecting to be in the lineup.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson resumed his throwing program this morning after taking several days off due to soreness in his right elbow. He said the soreness came from throwing a curveball while in Kansas City. Hellickson said he doesn’t view this as a setback and still expects to return by early June.

RHP Alex Cobb made an appearance. He said he should return from his strained left oblique in six weeks.

The Rays won the last two games, outscoring the Yankees 27-2 since trailing 4-0 after the second inning Friday.

Cesar Ramos faces Vidal Nuno in a matchup of a pair of converted relievers.

Here are the lineups for this Easter Sunday:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Jeter SS
Beltran RF
Soriano DH
Teixeira 1B
Solarte 3B
Gardner LF
Roberts 2B
Murphy C

Nuno LHP (0-0, 8.84)

RAYS
Rodriguez LF
Zobrist DH
Forsythe 2B
Longoria 3B
Myers RF
Loney 1B
Guyer CF
Escobar SS
Hanigan C

Ramos LHP (0-1, 7.50)


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Rays v Yankees: Jennings out with groin injury

Posted Apr 19, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 19, 2014 at 06:34 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays are without CF Desmond Jennings tonight for the second straight game.

Jennings suffered a groin injury during the first inning Monday at Baltimore. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings is available to pinch-hit tonight, but, like he did Friday when Jennings delivered a pinch-hit single, Maddon will use a pinch-runner if Jennings gets on.

Maddon said Jennings should return to the lineup Tuesday.

The Rays recalled LHP C.J. Riefenhauser for tonight’s game to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. Brad Boxberger was second down afte3r working two innings in Friday’s come-from-behind 11-5 win against the Yankees. Riefenhauser is making his major league debut.

RHP Jeremy Hellickson had his throwing program interrupted by soreness in his right elbow. He is expected to resume throwing Sunday.

Derek Jeter is not in the lineup tonight for the Yankees.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Ellsbury CF
Gardner LF
Beltran DH
McCann C
Soriano RF
Solarte 3B
Johnson 1B
Roberts 2B
Anna SS

Nova RHP (2-1, 5.94)

RAYS
DeJesus CF
Zobrist 2B
Joyce DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1 B
Myers RF
Rodriguez LF
Escobar SS
Hanigan C

Archer RHP (1-1, 4.50)


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Rays vs Yankees: lineups

Posted Apr 18, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 18, 2014 at 05:38 PM

ROGER MOONEY
ST. PETERSBURG – The Rays hand Erik Bedard the ball tonight in hopes the veteran left-hander can help pull the team out of their four-game losing streak.

Bedard, who pitched in relief Sunday, is making his first start since join the organization this season on a minor league deal. Bedard had made 225 career starts. He was 4-12 last season with Houston.

CF Desmond Jennings is not in tonight’s lineup. Manager Joe Maddon said Jennings legs are sore and he wants to give them a break from the Trop’s AstroTurf.

The Rays face RHP Hiroki Kuroda, who is 2-3 with a 7.36 ERA in five career starts against the Rays.

Here are the lineups:

YANKEES
Gardner LF
Jeter SS
Ellsbury CF
Soriano DH
McCann C
Solarte 2B
Johnson 1B
Sizemore 3B
Suzuki RF

Kuroda RHP (2-1, 3.86)

RAYS
DeJesus CF
Zobrist 2B
Joyce LF
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Myers RF
Forsythe DH
Escobar SS
Hanigan C

Bedard LHP (0-0, 0.00)


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Rays @ O’s: Brrrrrrrrrr

Posted Apr 16, 2014 by Roger Mooney

Updated Apr 16, 2014 at 12:01 PM

ROGER MOONEY
BALTIMORE – The Rays and Orioles conclude this rain-shorten series this afternoon on a chilly day in the Inner Harbor. More football weather than baseball weather.

In fact, the Orioles grounds crew had to chip ice off the tarp before uncovering the field this morning.

The high today is supposed to be 51, but the wind chill will make it feel much colder. Forget it if your seat is in the shade.

The teams might be playing a doubleheader today if O’s manager Buck Showalter had his way. Before Tuesday’s game was rained out, Showalter told the O’s writers, “I think our guys are mature enough to understand there’s a price to pay for doubleheaders, especially when they are put off until August.”

When told of Buck’s thoughts, Rays manager Joe Maddon said, “We’d be much more mature if we had a day off.”

The Orioles are off Thursday.

Maddon also said it rained so much Tuesday even the mailman would have taken off.

Before today’s game Showalter admitted a doubleheader today would not have been a good idea since a number of is players are fighting the flu.

No word yet on when the rainout will be rescheduled.

Looking ahead, Maddon announced the rotation for the four-game series with the Yankees that begins Thursday: David Price, Erik Bedard, Chris Archer, Cesar Ramos.

Here are the lineups:

RAYS
Zobrist 2B
Myers RF
Joyce DH
Longoria 3B
Loney 1B
Jennings CF
DeJesus LF
Escobar SS
Molina C

Odorizzi P

O’s
Markasis RF
Cruz DH
Davis 1B
Jones CF
Wieters C
Hardy SS
Lough LF
Lombardozzi 2B
Flaherty 2B
Flaherty 3B

Gonzalez P


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