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Rays down on the farm June 4: Moore makes return

With Matt Moore and Taylor Guerrieri pitching in the same game, the Rays hope they got a glimpse of their future rotation on Wednesday

If his elbow was good enough to sign autographs, it was good enough to pitch
If his elbow was good enough to sign autographs, it was good enough to pitch
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It sounds like Matt Moore has a lot to work on, but that's to be expected in his first appearance.

Triple-A Durham Bulls (30-24)

Durham was unable to dig out of a 4-0 hole in its 4-2 loss to Charlotte. A three-run home run for the Knights broke the game open in the fifth, and Matt Buschmann would not survive the inning, finishing with four runs allowed on six hits and four walks in four-plus innings. Charlotte conceded Durham's first run to turn a double play in the seventh, and the Bulls added another on Curt Casali's ninth-inning home run.

Double-A Montgomery Biscuits (24-28)

A 2-0 first-inning lead did not hold up in Montgomery's 4-3 loss to Jacksonville. The Suns' poor defense helped the Biscuits get those first-inning runs, but after starter Jaime Schultz breezed through three innings, he ran into trouble in the fourth when he allowed a two-out, two-run home run to cap a three-run frame. Schultz would exit a tie game with three runs allowed on six hits and three walks in six innings, and Jacksonville scored the decisive run against Mark Sappington thanks to a pair of wild pitches.

Class A-Advanced Charlotte Stone Crabs (35-18)

For the first time since April 7, 2014, Matt Moore was back on the mound in Charlotte's 5-4 win over Fort Myers in 10 innings. Sporting a pedestrian fastball in his first rehab appearance, he was not sharp, allowing two unearned runs on two hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings with two strikeouts, and only 21 of his 52 pitches were strikes. After Isaac Gil finished up the third, Taylor Guerrieri came on and allowed a run in 2 2/3 innings. In their last at-bat, the Stone Crabs tied the game at three in the seventh, and Yoel Araujo's walkoff single gave Charlotte the game one win.

German Marquez was roughed up in Charlotte's 4-2 loss in game two. All four Miracle runs came in the second inning when Marquez allowed four consecutive two-out hits, and he would finish with four runs allowed on 11 hits in five innings with six strikeouts and no walks. The Stone Crabs got two-out runs of their own in the fifth on Kean Wong's two-run single.

Class A Bowling Green Hot Rods (29-24)

Chris Pike was able to escape multiple jams in Bowling Green's 3-1 win over Kane County. Despite allowing four hits and walking five in five innings, he was able to limit the Cougars to just the one run. Thomas Milone drove in the decisive run with a two-out double in the fifth, and Bralin Jackson added an insurance run in the ninth.


Notable performances

AA OF Boog Powell: 3-for-5, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 K, 1 SB
AAA RHP Jim Miller: 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K

AA 3B Patrick Leonard: 0-for-4, 2 K
A+ IF Pat Blair: 0-for-3, 3 K
AAA RHP Matt Buschmann: 4+ IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 K
AA RHP Mark Sappington: 1 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
A+ RHP German Marquez: 5 IP, 11 H, 4 ER, 0 BB, 6 K

Today's games (probables courtesy of

Durham v. Charlotte 7:05 PM (radio stream)
Scott Diamond (4-2, 3.54) v. Shawn Haviland (1-3, 6.00)

Montgomery @ Jacksonville 7:05 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Blake Snell (3-0, 0.72) v. Trevor Williams (1-6, 5.13)

Charlotte v. Jupiter 7 PM (radio stream)
Buddy Borden (5-2, 2.51) v. TBA

Bowling Green @ Kane County 7:30 PM (MiLB.TV, radio stream)
Enderson Franco (3-4, 3.60) v. Brad Keller (2-5, 2.67)

*Listed as TBA on

Scouting the opposition

Charlotte Knights (White Sox) (updated through 5/31)
30-22 (1st in IL South)
Offense: 230 R (1st) .737 OPS (1st)
Pitching: 3.93 ERA (12th) 1.36 WHIP (11th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Micah Johnson (4), RHP Chris Beck (11), 3B Matt Davidson (14), C Kevan Smith (15), OF Trayce Thompson (18), IF Tyler Saladino (19), LHP Onelki Garcia (27)

Jacksonville Suns (Miami) (updated through 5/30)
21-31 (5th in SL South)
Offense: 161 R (10th) .648 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.85 ERA (6th) 1.27 WHIP (3rd)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Trevor Williams (8), RHP Kendry Flores (17), RHP Brian Ellington (22), 1B Viosergy Rosa (23), RHP Austin Brice (29), RHP Jake Esch (31)

Jupiter Hammerheads (Miami) (updated through 6/2)
27-26 (T-2nd in FSL South)
Offense: 176 R (8th) .605 OPS (12th)
Pitching: 2.74 ERA (3rd) 1.29 WHIP (8th)
Top 30 Prospects: 2B Avery Romero (5), 2B Brian Anderson (9), LHP Jarlin Garcia (10), OF Austin Dean (11), SS Justin Bohn (12), IF J.T. Riddle (17), 1B Felix Munoz (26), LHP Miguel Del Pozo (27)

Kane County Cougars (Arizona) (updated through 6/1)
26-27 (T-4th in MWL West)
Offense: 217 R (8th) .664 OPS (10th)
Pitching: 3.25 ERA (5th) 1.30 WHIP (10th)
Top 30 Prospects: RHP Touki Toussaint (5), C Stryker Trahan (21), OF Victor Reyes (22), RHP Brent Jones (25)