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Tampa Bay Rays prospect Matt Moore throws no-hitter at Double A

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP Matt Moore had already made a pretty good name for himself among the Rays' top prospects by leading the minors in the strikeouts the last two seasons.

Thursday, he added another impressive line to his resume, throwing a no-hitter for Double-A Montgomery at Mobile, Ala., striking out 11.

"Pretty special," he said.

Moore, who turns 22 on Saturday, said he knew he hadn't allowed a hit because a fan had been heckling him about it from the sixth inning and his teammates weren't talking to him in the dugout. But he didn't appreciate the impact until after C Nevin Ashley and his Biscuits teammates mobbed him.

"I couldn't really appreciate it until they pushed me from the pile," Moore said. "And then I was like, 'Holy cow, that's something special.' "

Moore had never pitched more than 7 2/3 innings before, so he was as concerned with his pitch count (106) as anything.

little interest in kazmir: The Rays have not talked about and are unlikely to have any interest in bringing back LHP Scott Kazmir, who was released by the Angels on Wednesday.

"I don't know if I'm surprised or not surprised. I know he's been struggling," manager Joe Maddon said.

The Rays traded Kazmir, and the more than $23 million remaining on the long-term deal they gave him, in August 2009 for INF Sean Rodriguez and prospects LHP Alex Torres and 1B Matt Sweeney.

The Yankees are considered among the possible destinations. Reached by text message on Thursday, Kazmir said he had "no idea yet" where he would end up.

SEE YA. C.C.: LF Carl Crawford struggled in his first series back as a visitor at Tropicana Field, going 1-for-10 and leaving the bases loaded twice.

"I'm just glad it's over with," Crawford said. "Glad I got in and went through it for the first time. It was cool to come back to Tampa."

Crawford said after Tuesday's opener, when he got a lot of cheers and a smattering of boos, the reaction from the stands sounded like a regular road game. "That's pretty much what it turned into," he said.

DRAFT BREEZE: The Rays signed two of their seven supplemental round picks, No. 52 LHP Blake Snell and No. 56 OF Kes Carter. Snell got $684,000, Carter $625,000, according to Baseball America. Two picks are considered close to signing, No. 42 RHP Jeff Ames and No. 60 OF James Harris, who was at the Trop on Thursday.

MINOR MATTERS: OF/DH Chris Carter took advantage of a June 15 opt-out clause in his contract to be released from Triple-A Durham, where he was hitting .270 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs, second in the International League. RHP Cory Wade did the same earlier this week, signed with the Yankees, was called up to join their depleted bullpen and got the win Thursday. … OFs Josh Sale and Drew Vettleson, the Rays' top picks in 2010, will get their first pro action next week, having been assigned to rookie-level Princeton, W.Va. Both held out until the Aug. 15 deadline to sign, so they didn't play last year.

MISCELLANY: DH Johnny Damon is likely to play leftfield at least a couple of times during next week's NL-rules series in Milwaukee and Houston. … C John Jaso will visit patients in the children's ward at Tampa General Hospital this morning. … Maddon said RHP Wade Davis, who makes his 14th start tonight, is "making progress" and "getting closer to what he looked like at the end of last season, which was very good obviously."

Tampa Bay Rays prospect Matt Moore throws no-hitter at Double A 06/17/11 [Last modified: Friday, June 17, 2011 1:08am]
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