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Rays Look To Sweep Orioles, Notes & Lineups

The Rays (22-20) send Matt Moore [1] (7-0, 2.44 ERA) to the mound today looking for a road sweep against the Baltimore Orioles (23-19) who counter with right hander Chris Tillman [2] (3-1, 3.40 ERA).

[3]Matt Moore [1] enters the game looking to extend his franchise best start of season record to 8-0.  He also is looking for his 9th straight win without a loss dating back to last season which would surpass David Price [4]‘s franchise record of 8 straight wins without a loss. The last left handed starter age 23 or younger to begin a season with an 8-0 record was Babe Ruth [5] in 1917 but Moore has a long way to go to match the best start ever by a lefty. That honor belongs to former Orioles starter Dave McNally [6] who began the 1969 season with a 15-0 record.

Tillman has struggled against the Rays. In his 8 career starts he is 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards he is 1-2 with a 6.31 ERA. The Orioles starting staff has only received 1 quality start  (at least 6IP giving up 3 earned runs or less) in their past 8 games and their starter has gone more than 5 innings only once in their past 7 games.

Roster Move:

The Rays will have a new face in their bullpen this afternoon in left hander Jeff Beliveau [7] has been recalled from Durham and to make room for him Alex Torres [8] was sent down after the game.  Beliveau is with the team to provide a fresh arm in the bullpen and will more than likely be sent back to Durham after the game to clear a roster spot for Jake Odorizzi [9] to take the start for the Rays tomorrow in Toronto.

With the Bulls the left-handed Beliveau has appeared in 10 games (10.1 innings pitched) and has a 0-1 record with a 4.53 ERA. He  has faced 51 batters and struck out 24 of them. The Rays sent the Texas Rangers cash to acquire him in mid-April. He has major league experience appearing in 22 games (17.2 IP) with the Chicago Cubs in 2012 and posting a 0-1 record with a 4.58 ERA.

Rays Lineup:

Desmond Jennings [10] (CF), Matthew Joyce [11] (RF), Ben Zobrist [12] (2b), Evan Longoria [13] (3b), James Loney [14] (1b), Luke Scott [15] (DH), Kelly Johnson [16]  (LF), Jose Lobaton [17] (C), Yunel Escobar [18] (SS)

Orioles Lineup:

Nick Markakis [19] (RF), Manny Machado [20] (3b),  Adam Jones [21] (CF), Chris Davis [22] (1b), Steve Pearce [23] (DH), J.J. Hardy [24] (SS), Danny Valencia [25] (DH), Yamaico Navarro [26] (2b), Chris Snyder [27] (C)

Up Next:

After the game the Rays will travel to Toronto to begin a 3 game series against the Blue Jays.

The Rays will play a matinee in Toronto Monday at Monday’s at 1:07.  The Rays will send Jake Odorizzi [9] in his Rays debut up against Jays right hander Chad Jenkins [28] (1-0, 3.60 ERA).

Tuesday 7:07:  Alex Cobb [29] (4-2, 2.89 ERA) versus Ramon Ortiz [30] (1-1, 2.35 ERA)

Wednesday 4:37: Jeremy Hellickson [31] (2-2, 5.82 ERA) versus Mark Buehrle [32] (1-3, 6.33 ERA)