Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Tampa Bay Rays rookie Matt Moore trying to avoid tipping pitches

BALTIMORE — Maybe, LHP Matt Moore said, he'll make a point to tap his glove as he winds up to throw a pitch tonight. And then maybe he'll make sure to not do so for several pitches. And then maybe he'll change the pattern.

With ESPN's video report last week that the Rays rookie starter is tipping his pitches by tapping his glove, Moore will look to make some adjustments when he takes the mound against the Orioles.

"I saw it on our video and it's a little more obvious than I thought it was," Moore said.

The issue first came up last season when Moore was working his way through the minors, and a scout noticed that he'd tap his glove when he was about to throw a fastball. Unsure that the hitters could even tell, since his hand is behind the glove at the time, the Rays weren't that concerned. "They're like, we're not that worried about it," Moore said, "but if you can, let's see if we can see something that's the same (maneuvers)."

Moore didn't think it was an issue again until last week when ESPN, with the benefit of a centerfield camera, showed a sequence of pitches that analyst John Kruk predicted.

"It'd been brought to my attention in the past quite a bit and I stopped doing it, and it's something that before I knew it I was doing it again," Moore said. "It's something I really just have to stay conscious of and make sure whatever I'm going to do is going to be the same."

Not that Moore is convinced it's that big of a deal anyway.

"It's not like I'm getting out there and losing the game in the first or second innings, which you'd think would be the case," he said. "So it's tough to say."

PITCHING IN: LHP David Price, who skipped his last start due to shoulder soreness, is scheduled to throw a bullpen session today, which should determine if he can start this weekend in New York as the Rays hope. … Moore was moved ahead of RHP Alex Cobb in the rotation for two reasons, manager Joe Maddon said: So Moore can start the final game of the weekend series in New York; and to give Cobb, whose workload is being monitored, extra rest between starts, as he'll be working Wednesday on seven days' rest. "I'm glad I'm going to have a hand on both of these series on the road," Moore said.

MISCELLANY: LF Desmond Jennings is planning to return to the lineup tonight after missing two games with lower back stiffness. … Short-season Class A Hudson Valley won the third and decisive game of its NY-Penn League playoff series with a 2-0 victory over Brooklyn (Mets). The Renegades will play Auburn or Tri-City for the championship. … Sun Sports is bringing its pregame and postgame shows on the road for tonight and Wednesday, with Barry LeBrock and Orestes Destrade hosting from Camden Yards. … As part of their 20th anniversary season at Camden, the O's rolled back some prices for the series to 1992 levels, with leftfield box seats for $8.

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