The Tampa Bay Rays came from behind to defeat the Minnesota Twins 8-5, Tuesday, behind the efforts of what Joe Maddon affectionately refers to as the "jayvee" squad. Trailing 5-2 in the eigth inning, Stephen Voght, Brandon Guyer, and a couple minor-leaguers keyed a five run rally that the club would hang on to, with one-eyed Juan Sandoval getting the save.
Matt Moore started and had his second straight rough outing, throwing 49 pitches and failing to get through three innings. Moore struggled with his command, allowing two runs on two hits, two walks and a wild pitch. Moore called the outing "frustrating," and referred to a mechanical flaw in his delivery. It is still far to early to panic but Moore has a history of slow starts and the team will need the second-year starter to take a big step forward with the departure of James Shields.
Meanwhile, Luke Scott and now Sam Fuld are both dealing with some hamstring issues that have kept the pair sidelined this week. Scott spent the day working out, riding the stationary bike and said that his condition is improving. Maddon called both injuries minor and said that the club is being precautionary, but any time you hear Scott and hamstring tightness in the same sentence there is cause for concern. Scott missed significant time last season with numerous injuries, including a nagging hamstring pull.
Finally, the Rays announced that for the second consecutive year they will shave their heads for charity. Joe Maddon will bust out last years Fortune Favors the Bald T-shirt and invite fans to join the cause.
- The Rays are off today, but the World Baseball Classic action continues as Japan plays at Cuba to close out Pool A. Four teams have already qualified for round two.