Perhaps it is a good thing the Tampa Bay Rays were not on television Thursday.
These days, the Rays are just too hard to watch.
The Rays were swept in their four-game series against the Cleveland Indians, and their ccurrent streak fell to only 2-9, and the Rays took firm control of fourth place in the AL East. This time, the Rays lost in the 10th inning on a home run by Mike Aviles. Yeah, it has looked ugly lately.
Two things that looked a bit better Thursday afternoon? One, the top six hitters in the lineup got seven hits, which is one more than Tampa Bay had managed in the first three games of the series, and the Rays scored four times, equal to the number they had scored in the series first three games. And two, left-hander Matt Moore made his return to the pitching rotation 15 months after Tommy John Surgery.
Moore threw a no-hitter for three innings, hinting at a bit of promise, but he gave up a run in the fourth and three in the fifth.
The Rays now travel to New York to play the second-place Yankees. Pitcher Chris Archer once again goes for his 10th victory.