Sunday, May 20, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Moore forgetting about last start

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Matt Moore knows exactly how to handle coming off his brutally bad start in Detroit on Tuesday.

"You pretend like it never happened," he said.

Moore didn't watch any video of the two-inning debacle, in which he allowed seven hits and six walks, and didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it.

He felt like he was throwing more across his body than he usually does, which he worked on during his bullpen session.

Also, he had no consistency in his release point.

"I never felt like it was coming out of the same area pitch to pitch," Moore said. "It was behind my head one, it was out in front one. I just chalk it up to that."

Moore is actually coming off two abbreviated starts, having been shut down after one inning May 31 in Cleveland, and he last won May 19.

He said, though, there is no additional pressure to have a positive outing.

"I'm going to go at it like it's any game, like I expect to go seven innings," Moore said. "It's a similar attitude I take to every start, so there's really not a lot different. Yeah, the last one (stunk) pretty bad, but there's really nothing more to speak to about it."

DRAFT BREEZE: Scouting director R.J. Harrison was, naturally, pleased with their overall 41-player draft haul, but particularly with some of their work in rounds 11-40 on Saturday's final day, starting with OF Hunter Lockwood, an Oklahoma transfer with power. (See list.)

"Our guys did a great job of grinding through all the reports and any intel that we had to try to pull out the best of these guys," Harrison said. "We bear down all the way through. It just takes one guy out of all this to pop through to change your whole draft."

One familiar face was 31st-round OF Dalton Martinez, the son of bench coach Dave Martinez.

Dalton, who spent his senior year at Dunedin Academy after three years at Countryside High, is likely to pass and go either to Central Florida Community College or USF, Dave said, but they will at least listen to what the Rays say.

"I couldn't be any happier," Dave said. "He's a good kid, he works his butt off and he loves to play."

Among other notable picks, 23rd-rounder LHP Richard Teasley, a reliever from Saint Leo; 35th-round RHP Cory Jordan, brother of NBA Clippers C DeAndre Jordan; 38th-round C David Sheaffer, son of their rookie-level Princeton manager; and 40th-round 2B Ryan Henley, grandson of longtime scout Gail Henley.

Harrison said they could have some players signed this week; reports out of Hawaii indicate fourth-round 2B Kean Wong will be one.

REHAB REPORT: RHP Brandon Gomes, out since early May with a lat strain, has made considerable improvement. He is slated to throw his first bullpen session by the end of the week and is aiming for a late June return.

"He was feeling really good, so he's getting better right now," Maddon said. "He's getting closer."

Maddon also confirmed that LHP David Price, working his way back since a May 15 triceps strain, is scheduled for three rehab starts, targeting a late June/early July return.

ALEX THE GREAT: LHP Alex Torres worked a 1-2-3 seventh, his fifth scoreless relief appearance since being called up, having allowed one hit with 14 strikeouts in 111/3 innings. "He's becoming a little bit of a weapon right now," Maddon said.

MISCELLANY: DH Luke Scott drove in his first run since May 24, a span of 11 RBI-less games. …Triple-A Durham placed OF Rich Thompson on the seven-day DL. … INF Sean Rodriguez and Torres will sign autographs from 12:30-1 p.m. along the rightfield line for kids 14 and under. … Two dozen kids 7-14 will compete today in the Tampa Bay championship of the national Pitch, Hit & Run program.

0: Angels at Red Sox, TBS

1:30: Orioles at Rays, Sun Sports

2: Pirates at Cubs, WGN

8: Cardinals at Reds, ESPN

0: Angels at Red Sox, TBS

1:30: Orioles at Rays, Sun Sports

2: Pirates at Cubs, WGN

8: Cardinals at Reds, ESPN

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