Thursday, June 21, 2018
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Rays' Matt Moore added to AL All-Star roster

Matt Moore is going to the All-Star Game after all.

Moore, who picked up his 13th win on Thursday, was added to the American League roster as the replacement for Texas' Yu Darvish, who was placed on the disabled list. Darvish was one of the five starters elected to the American League team in the player vote.

Moore, 24, will be making his first All-Star appearance. He will join Rays INF/OF Ben Zobrist, who was named to the team last week, in New York for Tuesday's game.

"It means a lot,'' Moore said. "To be honest with you, my second year in the big leagues - if you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have just been happy to be here. So for the way things are going right now, I'm ecstatic about being a part of the festivities and being at the game with the best players in the game. It's definitely something I'm looking forward to. I'm very excited to see what it's all about."

Moore said teammate David Price said something to him between innings of Thursday's game about being an All-Star, but he tried to ignore it until he was done pitching, then Price congratulated him. He got official word a few minutes after the game when summoned to manager Joe Maddon's office - joking with pitching coach Jim Hickey, "Am I getting sent down?" - and then doused with beer and water by his teammates.

When Moore was not selected originally, Maddon said he was confident Moore had a good chance to be added as a replacement for one of the three All-Stars who are scheduled to start for their teams on Sunday. But Moore didn't have to wait as Darvish's injury created an immediate opening.

For what it's worth, there hasn't been a pitcher with 13 wins not make the All-Star Game since 1985, when Atlanta's Rick Mahler was left out at 13-7, 3.27.

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