Rays vs. Mariners
When/where: 7:10 tonight; Tropicana Field
TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM, 680-AM (Spanish)
Tickets: $9-210, available at Tropicana Field box office, Ticketmaster, raysbaseball.com, team Tampa store; $3 surcharge within 5 hours of game time.
Rays: LH Matt Moore (0-1, 4.68)
MARINERS: RH Hector Noesi (1-2, 8.83)
On Moore: Winless in four starts but showing improvement, Moore's biggest issues have been too many walks, 14 in 25 innings, for a 5.04 per 9 IP ratio that is fourth highest in the AL, and too many hits by lefties, 10 in 20 at-bats.
On Noesi: Acquired from the Yankees in Michael Pineda trade, Noesi has had one dazzling start (8 shutout IP) and three rough ones. He is 0-1, 9.64 in two starts vs. Rays, 0-1, 4.22 in five appearances total.
Rays VS. NOESI
Brandon Allen 2-for-2, HR
Matt Joyce 2-for-3
Evan Longoria 3-for-6
B.J. Upton 2-for-6
MARINERS VS. MOORE
None have faced
Wednesday: Mariners, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — James Shields (4-0, 3.31); Mariners — Blake Beavan (1-2, 3.60)
Thursday: Mariners, 1:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeff Niemann (1-3, 3.86); Mariners — Kevin Millwood (0-2, 5.24)
Friday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — David Price (4-1, 2.67); A's — TBA
Saturday: A's, 7:10, Sun Sports. Rays — Jeremy Hellickson (3-0, 2.51); A's — TBA
Rays disabled list
C Robinson Chirinos, concussion, 60-day
RHP Kyle Farnsworth, right elbow strain, 15-day
OF Sam Fuld, right wrist surgery, 60-day
C Jose Lobaton, right shoulder soreness, 15-day
Marc Topkin, Times staff writer
Interrogating question of the day
Rookie LHP Matt Moore has worn No. 55 during his short time with the Rays. Hideki Matsui wore it for nine years with the Yankees, Angels and A's. That led to a crowd of Japanese, and then U.S., media asking what he'd do if Matsui joins the team. Moore said he likes the number (he wore 5 in high school, different digits in the minors) but was open. "If Hideki came up to me and asked for it, or whatever that scenario was, I really haven't given it much thought to even comment on what I would say," Moore replied.
Chart of the day
The Rays finished their second-best April in team history:
Welcome back of the day
C John Jaso spent his first nine years of pro ball in the Rays organization, including parts of three seasons in the majors. Monday, he returned as a Mariner. "It's cool to be back here," he said. "Those are all my friends."