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Rays’ Matt Moore pitches well again in victory over Los Angeles Dodgers

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Slowly, he is returning to his role as ace of the Tampa Bay Rays staff. Whether he stays here is another matter. Matt Moore pitched well once again Wednesday, and the Rays won a 3-1 decision over the Los Angeles Dodgers. For Moore, it was the 10th straight game in which he has pitched at least six innings. He is 5-3 in his last eight decisions. Against the Dodgers, Moore allowed only four hits. Even better, he got one himself,…

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Rays fall once again despite a stellar pitching performance by Matt Moore

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The Tampa Bay Rays gave up only two runs Saturday. They surrendered only seven hits. They shut out the Baltimore Orioles after the second inning. But, yeah, the Rays lost again. Of course they did. The Rays dropped a 2-1 decision to the Baltimore Orioles, the 19th straight game the Rays have lost to a first-place team. Overall, Tampa Bay has lost 24 of its last 27 games. They have also lost eight straight and 12 of their last 13.…

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Rays nearing the bottom as their worst-ever losing streak continues

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From here, you can see the bottom. The freefall of the Tampa Bay Rays continued Saturday afternoon with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox. It was the team’s 21st loss in their last 24 games, and it brought the Rays to within 3 ½ games of the Minnesota Twins, who are last in the American League The Rays, like most of the month, didn’t have enough going on Saturday. Matt Moore started and gave up two earned runs…

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Has Tampa Bay’s Matt Moore made himself too valuable to trade away?

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For a while, Matt Moore was pitching well enough for another team to be interested in him. These days, Moore is pitching well enough to stay. Despite trade rumors, Moore pitched well again Monday, allowing the Tampa Bay Rays to win 4-2 over the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2. It was the sixth straight game Moore had pitched six innings or more. It evened his record at 5-5 and was the first time he has won back to back games (with…

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Rays treat old teammate David Price rudely in 4-0 victory over Red Sox

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The baseball fans at Tropicana Field may have been happy to see David Price again on Wednesday. The Rays certainly were. The Tampa Bay Rays, who had lost 12 of 13 games, took it out on Price in a 4-0 victory over the Red Sox Wednesday. Instead, old friend Matt Moore got the win with seven innings of three-hit shutout pitching. Price is now 1-3 against the Rays with a 6.36 era since being traded by Tampa Bay. “Bad. Again,” Price…

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Have you heard this before? The Rays lose to a first-place team

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Right now, there seems to be advantage the Tampa Bay Rays cannot overcome. A great start by the pitcher? Matt Moore retired the first 13 batters he faced. But over the next two innings, he gave up six hits and five runs. A good start by the offense? The Rays scored three times in the first and had six of their first seven hitters reach base. However, the Rays never scored again. It all added up for the Rays in…

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Rays’ Matt Moore pitches gem, but Matt Andriese sent to bullpen

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Matt Moore kept his place in the Tampa Bay Rays’ pitching rotation. Matt Andriese did not. Moore threw his best game of the season, shutting down the Houston Astros on two hits in a 5-0 victory. He overcame a 37-pitch second inning and settled down behind a sharp curveball, giving up only a pair of singles to Jose Altuve. He struck out 10, tying for his season high. It was his first scoreless start since September of 2015. Moore has…

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