American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Saturday, September 22nd
(All times Eastern)
Toronto Blue Jays (66-83) at Tampa Bay Rays (81-70), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Toronto - Brandon Morrow (8-6, 2.98)
Tampa Bay - Matt Moore (10-11, 3.88)
(Sports Network) - Lefty Matt Moore can reverse the result of his last start
against Toronto tonight when the Tampa Bay Rays host the Blue Jays in the
second of a three-game series at Tropicana Field.
A native of Fort Walton Beach, Fla., Moore won his lone decision in three
late-season starts with the Rays last season and was 10-7 to begin this year
before a recent drought that's seen him go 0-4 in five starts.
The first loss on the skid was a 2-0 decision to the Blue Jays in Toronto,
where Moore allowed two runs on six hits in six innings of a 2-0 Rays defeat.
He'd defeated the Blue Jays four starts earlier in Florida after allowing a
run on two hits in six innings of a 7-1 triumph.
In the four-loss stretch that began with the Aug. 30 game, Moore has allowed
16 runs in 19 1/3 innings while his earned run average has climbed from 3.60
For the Blue Jays, righty Brandon Morrow meets the Rays for the 16th time
overall and the 12th time in a starting assignment.
The 28-year-old Californian is 5-5 with a pair of saves, a hold and a shutout
in the previous matchups, including a 2-1 win on Aug. 31 in which he allowed a
run on eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Morrow is 0-1 with a pair of no-decisions in three starts since the win,
giving up a combined 18 hits and six runs in 16 2/3 innings.
He's 4-2 in seven road starts in 2012 with a stingy 2.09 ERA in 43 innings.
On Friday, Luke Scott smacked a pair of two-run doubles and James Shields
fired seven shutout innings in the Rays' 12-1 rout of the Blue Jays.
Shields (15-9) fanned nine and scattered six hits while walking one for the
Rays, who have won three straight and sit 4 1/2 games off the final wild card
spot in the American League.
Jose Molina smacked a two-run homer and drove in three and Ben Zobrist added a
solo shot and two runs scored in the win.
Carlos Villanueva (7-6) surrendered seven runs on eight hits and two walks in
2 1/3 innings for Toronto, which has dropped eight of its last 10 contests.
Tampa Bay is 12-4 this season against the Blue Jays and has won its last six
at home against them.
09/22 10:31:18 ET