Rays Report

Rays: Longoria's repeat gaffe; bullpen woes; Orioles' Davis

Rays vs. Indians

When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)

Tickets: $14-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (11-11, 3.81 in '12)

Indians: RH Zach McAllister (6-8, 4.24 in '12)

More Moore: Entering his second full season in the majors, he has been traditionally a slow starter, including going 0-1 with a 4.68 ERA last April. He is 1-1 with a 6.52 ERA in two starts against Cleveland.

Tall task: McAllister, 6 feet 6, is on his first opening day roster after being — at times — the Indians' most consistent starter as a rookie last season. He is 1-0 with a .77 ERA in two career starts against Tampa Bay.

Key matchups

Rays vs. McAllister

Desmond Jennings 1-for-4

Ben Zobrist 0-for-5

Yunel Escobar 0-for-2

Indians vs. Moore

Nick Swisher 1-for-7

Mark Reynolds 2-for-8

Carlos Santana 1-for-4

On deck

Saturday: vs. Indians, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Alex Cobb (11-9, 4.03); Indians — Trevor Bauer

Sunday: vs. Indians, 1:40, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (20-5, 2.56); Indians — Justin Masterson (11-15, 4.93)

Joe Smith, Times staff writer

Meet the Rays: Matt Moore

Why does Rays pitcher Matt Moore golf right-handed when he does everything else left-handed? What was the most embarrassing thing he was asked to do as a rookie? Watch video of Moore answering these questions and more at tampabay.com/meettherays.

Deja vu

Believe it or not, Thursday's ninth inning wasn't the first time 3B Evan Longoria, top right, has passed 2B Ben Zobrist, bottom, on the bases. The other time it happened in Rays history was on June 27, 2011 at Tropicana Field against the Reds. In the sixth inning, Longoria rounded second, thinking OF Matt Joyce's fly would drop in. He passed Zobrist, who was going back to second to tag up.

Number of the day

10.13 ERA for the Rays bullpen in the three-game series with the Orioles (nine earned runs over eight innings).

Quote of the day

"Without Chris Davis, we're 3-0. ... That's the most locked in I've ever seen anybody."

Rays 3B Evan Longoria, on Orioles 1B Chris Davis, who was 7-for-11 with 11 RBIs in the series

Rays: Longoria's repeat gaffe; bullpen woes; Orioles' Davis 04/04/13 [Last modified: Friday, April 5, 2013 2:03am]

    

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