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Rays Matt Moore Looks To Go 9-0

The Rays will look to put an end to a 2-game losing streak and will turn to lefty Matt Moore [1] (8-0, 2.29 ERA).  The Yankees counter with soft-tossing lefty Vidal Nuno [2] (1-1, 1.13 ERA) in his 2nd big league start. With a win today the Yankees would win their first series at Tropicana Field since April 9-11, 2010.

[3]Matt Moore [1] will attempt to become the first left handed pitcher to join 7 right handed pitchers who have gone 9-0 or better in their first 10 starts while being used exclusively as a starter. Matt Moore has been hit better by left handed batters in his career and accordingly Joe Girardi [4] has 5 left handed hitters in today’s lineup including Travis Hafner [5] who normally would see a day off against a southpaw.

Vidal Nuno [2] is making his 2nd big league start and 4th appearance overall.  He’s come a long way in a short period of time as he was a 48th round draft pick of the Cleveland Indians and released after the 2010 season. He ended up in the Independent Frontier League where the Yankees signed him. In a little over 2 years he’s made it from the low A New York Penn League to make his first big league start against the Cleveland Indians working 5 scoreless innings earning the win in a  7-0 Yankee victory.

Nuno throws soft and softer and uses a deceptive delivery to mix his speeds. He’ll attack with his curveball/changeup and Rays hitters are going to have to be patient and be willing to take him the opposite way.

Rays Lineup: Desmond Jennings [6] (CF),  Ryan Roberts [7] (2B), Luke Scott [8] (DH), Evan Longoria [9] (3b), Ben Zobrist [10] (RF), James Loney [11] (1b), Sean Rodriguez [12] (LF), Jose Molina [13] (C), Yunel Escobar [14] (SS)

Yankees Lineup: Brett Gardner [15] (CF), Robinson Cano [16] (2b), Vernon Wells [17] (LF), Travis Hafner [5] (DH), David Adams [18] (3B), Ichiro Suzuki [19] (RF), Jayson Nix [20] (SS), Lyle Overbay [21] (1b), and Austin Romine [22] (C)