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Tampa Bay beats Red Sox behind solid start by Matt Moore

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Matt Moore, who closed out the 2015 season with a hot streak, has started out this season in the same way.

Moore, who spent much of last year recovering from Tommy John surgery, gave up only one hit – a home run to Mookie Betts – as the Rays beat Boston 3-2 in a spring training game.

Juniel Querecuto knocked in the winning run in the 10th for the Rays.

“It was all right,” said Moore. “I think I was a little more amped up than I hope to be during the season. But that’s expected for the first one, a little extra excitement.”

Logan Forsythe had two hits and a walk for the Rays.

The Rays play the Tigers in Lakeland today.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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