Saturday, July 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Matt Moore impressing early in Rays camp

PORT CHARLOTTE — One of the early positives this spring has been the strong showing by LHP Matt Moore, who looks as strong and sharp as how he ended the season.

"I don't really see anything drastically different," manager Kevin Cash said. "If he maintains that type of stuff and command, he's going to have a good year."

Moore has been sharp and healthy in bullpen sessions and took it into a live batting practice session Saturday, breaking OF Mikie Mahtook's bat in the process.

"He threw the ball really well," Cash said. "I just think we're excited to see him out there. That's a huge piece that wasn't there last spring."

After a rough initial return from Tommy John elbow surgery in July, Moore went back to Triple A then returned to finish strong, including a 2-0 record and 1.35 ERA in his last four starts.

PITCHING IN: RHP Jake Odorizzi is in line to start Wednesday's exhibition opener against the Nationals. It's hard to read much into that since the Rays have three off days and a planned trip to Cuba during the spring, but on a five-day schedule he would be lined up to pitch third in the rotation, presumably behind RHP Chris Archer and either Moore or LHP Drew Smyly.

Odorizzi felt good throwing his first live batting practice session Saturday, even at an unusually early time due to the abbreviated workout. "My arm felt lively for 9:05, honestly," he said. "I was kind of surprised at how fresh I felt that early."

FAMILIAR FACES: Saturday's Fan Fest was a hit, with an estimated crowd of 16,000 and nearly $80,000 raised for charity.

Though Archer, CF Kevin Kiermaier and 3B Evan Longoria were the bigger draws, nonroster RHP Ryan Garton, who grew up in North Pinellas and the Trinity area, had his own fan "club" of youth league pals and classmates from Mitchell High. Garton, 26, has worked his way up to Double-A Montgomery since being a 34th-round pick in 2012.

MISCELLANY: There is still no set date for OF Steven Souza Jr. (intercostal strain) to return. … Cash said having the Fan Fest during full-squad workouts "puts a little wrinkle in the day, but that's okay — we'll adjust to help the good people at the ballpark."

Comments
Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

Rays journal: Replacement catcher Adam Moore ready to play

ST. PETERSBURG — The newest Rays player is also nearly the oldest.With All-Star C Wilson Ramos on the disabled list with a hamstring injury, Tampa Bay turned to veteran Adam Moore, 34, as the new backup catcher behind Jesus Sucre. Only reliever...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

Martin Fennelly: Rays and Marlins at different stages of same mission

ST. PETERSBURG — New York Yankees god and former Tampa resident Derek Jeter, who was once going to save the Rays (or so we thought), was at Tropicana Field on Friday night. The Captain had the gall to show up as Miami Marlins chief executive of...
Published: 07/20/18
Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

Late rally falls short as Rays lose to Marlins, 6-5

ST. PETERSBURG –The Rays rallied for four runs in the bottom of the ninth Friday night, but their rally came up short as the Marlins held on for a 6-5 win at Tropicana Field.Tampa Bay's bullpen gave up five runs in the seventh, and that was too...
Published: 07/20/18
Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Kiermaier has ‘severe bone bruise’ in foot, dates back to April injury

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier left Friday's game in the fifth inning when an injury to his right foot that has bothered him since April flared up with the worst pain he's encountered this season.Kiermaier called the injury a "severe bone bruise" an...
Published: 07/20/18
Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Greg Auman’s takeaways from Friday’s Rays-Marlins game

Nathan Eovaldi bounced back nicely following an eight-out, eight-run outing last week vs. the Twins. He lasted six innings, gave up one run and struck out eight. Take away the Twins game and Eovaldi has allowed three earned runs in his past four star...
Published: 07/20/18
Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays’ Kevin Kiermaier leaves game with foot discomfort

Rays outfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed two months earlier this season with a thumb injury, left Friday night's game against the Marlins with what the team described as "right foot discomfort."It wasn't immediately clear when the injury occurred,...
Published: 07/20/18
For starters: Rays open second half at home vs. Marlins

For starters: Rays open second half at home vs. Marlins

Greetings from Tropicana Field, where the Rays come out of the All-Star break with a three-game series against the Marlins. Here's the lineup for Tampa Bay, which dropped two of three to the Marlins in Miami:Kiermaier CFHechavarria SSBauers 1BRoberts...
Published: 07/20/18
Rays call up C Adam Moore to replace injured Wilson Ramos

Rays call up C Adam Moore to replace injured Wilson Ramos

The Rays made the easiest move to replace injure C Wilson Ramos, calling up journeyman Adam Moore from Triple-A.Moore, 34, has played parts of eight seasons in the majors, last with the Indians in 2016 and before that with the Mariners, Royals and Pa...
Published: 07/20/18
Marc Topkin: Rays should trade Chris Archer

Marc Topkin: Rays should trade Chris Archer

ST. PETERSBURG — Chris Archer wants the Rays to get going.Trade more veterans. Bring back Willy Adames and bring up the next group of kids. Get on with getting better, and get back to reaching the postseason, as they did four times over six yea...
Published: 07/19/18
Updated: 07/20/18
Rays journal: Catcher needed with Wilson Ramos on DL

Rays journal: Catcher needed with Wilson Ramos on DL

ST. PETERSBURG — The Rays did not have any answers Thursday about the state of their catching situation as to how long Wilson Ramos will be out and who will be added to replace him Friday against the Marlins.Ramos was placed on the DL Wednesday...
Published: 07/19/18