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Saturday report: Rough start for Moore in 10-5 loss



UPDATE, 7:10: The Rays lost 10-5.

Joel Peralta was removed from the game after experiencing a "kind of whiplash" after reacting to a comebacker and said his neck was still sore, but said he didn't think it was anything serious.

UPDATE, 3:08: Moore said he felt fine physically, but is still struggling to get his mechanics in order, evidenced by the struggles he had. ... RHP Grant Balfour also had a rough outing, saying he "felt a little flat" which he attributed to a standard spring "dead arm" period.

DEVELOPING: Whatever encouragement Rays LHP Matt Moore took from his first spring start, he had a rough second outing on Saturday, failing to get through the first inning against Pittsburgh, allowing six runs.

Moore threw 41 pitches - only 25 for strikes - in allowing the six runs (four earned) on five hits, recording a walk, a hit batter, a wild pitch and one strike out.

Moore hit 95 mph on the stadium gun as he hit the first Pirates batter, and it went bad from there, as he walked the second and didn't record an out until striking out No. 8 hitter Gregory Polanco.

An error by RF Brandon Guyer on a routine fly ball to right hurt, too.

Just before game time, the Rays announced that 2B Ben Zobrist was scratched from the lineup due to a stiff neck, replaced by Logan Forsythe.

[Last modified: Saturday, March 8, 2014 7:12pm]


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