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

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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