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Moore Than Just A Loss, Rays Lose Lefty & Fall To Royals 4-2

Posted By Steve Kinsella On April 8, 2014 @ 8:19 AM In Florida News,Insider - Rays,main feature,MLB,watch now | No Comments

Matt Moore’s Elbow A Cause For Concern

When is a loss more than just a loss? When one of a teams top pitchers walks off the mound in apparent pain and the initials MRI are spoken by the team.

Last night Matt Moore [1] threw a change up for the final out to retire Lorenzo Cain [2] and felt a little tightness in the elbow. Finally, after a 1-2 changeup to Norichika Aoki [3] he grimaced in pain and called catcher Ryan Hanigan [4] to the mound.

The two were soon joined by Joe Maddon [5] and assistant team trainer Paul Harker. Moore lobbied to say in the game but the cautious Rays took him out. Last season Moore missed 31 games with a strained elbow which like last night caused problems when he threw his changeup.

The Royals were leading 1-0 when Moore departed and Cesar Ramos [6] held them at bay in the fifth but they broke through against Heath Bell [7] in the sixth inning keyed by a bases clearing double by Alcides Escobar [8].

Jason Vargas [9] was on his game taking a shutuout into the ninth inning before yielding a solo homer to Ben Zobrist [10] to lead off the frame and being removed for closer Greg Holland [11].  The Rays were able to plate one run off Holland on a Matt Joyce pinch hit single and did manage to bring the tying run to the plate but Holland slammed the door.

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[2] Lorenzo Cain: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/c/cainlo01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[3] Norichika Aoki: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/a/aokino01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[4] Ryan Hanigan: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hanigry01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[5] Joe Maddon: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/m/maddojo99.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[6] Cesar Ramos: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/r/ramosce01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[7] Heath Bell: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/b/bellhe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[8] Alcides Escobar: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/e/escobal02.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[9] Jason Vargas: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/v/vargaja01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[10] Ben Zobrist: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/z/zobribe01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

[11] Greg Holland: http://www.baseball-reference.com/players/h/hollagr01.shtml?utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-www.sportstalkflorida.com

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