Matt Moore Tampa Bay RaysThe Tampa Bay Rays evened their Grapefruit League record at 3-3 as they defeated the Boston Red Sox 3-2 in 10-innings. The big story of today’s game was the Grapefruit League Debut of pitcher Matt Moore.

Last year Matt Moore spent the spring watching from the sidelines as his teammates geared up for the opening of the season while he slowly recovered from Tommy John surgery.

Moore settled down after giving up a homer to Red Sox’ leadoff hitter Mookie Betts and retired the next six hitters in a row. “I was a little bit more amped up than I hope to be during the season.” He said. “I think that’s expected after the first one, probably a little extra excitement.”

 

As for pitching rather than watching this spring Moore said, “I think that’s probably the biggest reason for a smile on my face.┬áMost of the time when I come through the door these days, I think being away from the game for that long and struggling and getting back to where I want to be at the end of last season, you know, the appreciation is, I think a lot bigger and a lot more on my end for the game. I had a lot of fun out there.”

Kevin Cash said that Moore was “very very clean with everything,” and he “threw a bunch of strikes.”

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The Rays will head to Lakeland to take on the Detroit Tigers at 1:05 p.m. Erasmo Ramirez will make his second start of the spring. Other probable pitchers for the Rays are Matt Andriese, Jacob Faria, Jaime Schultz, and Jhan Marinez. The Rays will face righty Shane Greene but the other probable pitchers have not been announced.

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