Monday, April 23, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays: A near-historic run of 1-0 losses; Matt Moore, Matt Moore never meet

Rays at Blue Jays

When/where: 7:07 tonight; Rogers Centre, Toronto

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

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH Matt Moore (10-7, 3.60)

Jays: RH Carlos Villanueva (6-4, 3.30)

On Moore: Is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 39 Ks in 371/3 IP over his past six starts, 9-2, 2.89 over his past 15. Is 1-0, 2.53 in two starts vs. Jays, both this season, striking out 12 in 102/3 IP.

On Villanueva: In a bit of a skid, 0-4, 4.06 over his past five starts, that after a 4-0, 1.93 stretch. Has been battered by the Rays, 0-2, 11.93 ERA in seven games (two starts), allowing a .344 BA.

Key matchups

Rays VS. VILLANUEVA

Jeff Keppinger 6-for-15

Luke Scott 4-for-11, HR

Ben Zobrist 3-for-6, 3 HRs

Jays VS. MOORE

Rajai Davis1-for-5

Yunel Escobar 1-for-5

Colby Rasmus 0-for-4

On deck

Friday: at Blue Jays, 7:07, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (8-9, 3.42); Jays — Brandon Morrow (7-5, 3.06)

Saturday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, no TV. Rays — Jeff Niemann (2-3, 3.38); Jays — Henderson Alvarez (7-11, 4.97)

Sunday: at Blue Jays, 1:07, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (16-5, 2.53); Jays — Ricky Romero (8-12, 5.50)

Marc Topkin, Times staff writer

The 1-0 report

The Rays are the first team to lose four 1-0 games in a calendar month, and within a span of 22 games, since the 1969 Astros, who did so in 20 July games. They are the first AL team to do so since the 1955 White Sox.

More on Matt Moore/Matt Moore

Had the Rays' Matt Moore dressed and checked out quicker Wednesday, he would have met the Dolphins' Matt Moore in the Starbucks adjacent to the teams' Fort Worth hotel. Rays RHP James Shields played high school baseball with the QB and invited him down for a quick visit, figuring the LHP was on the way. "Just missed him," LHP Moore said. But LHP Moore did have some fun with the situation, going to the hotel desk Tuesday night saying he was the QB and needed a new room key, which he got after showing his ID, much to the amusement of teammates Alex Cobb and Jeremy Hellickson. LHP Moore then fessed up, but the desk clerk had the last laugh: "She was like, 'I was going to say you don't look like a football player,' and I was like, 'Gee, thanks.' "

AL East

Team W L Pct. GB

New York 75 55 .577—

Baltimore 71 58 .550 3

Tampa Bay 71 59 .546 4

Boston 62 68 .477 13*

Toronto 58 71 .450 161/2

AL race for wild cards

Team W L Pct. GB

Oakland 7257 .558—

Baltimore 71 58 .550—

Tampa Bay 71 59 .5461/2

Detroit 69 60.5352

Los Angeles 67 62 .519 4*

* Late game not included. Top two wild cards make postseason; GB is games behind second wild card

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