(Sports Network) - Matt Moore has received plenty of run support this season,
and Saturday the Tampa Bay left-hander aims to move to 9-0 when the Rays
resume their three-game series against the New York Yankees at Tropicana
Moore, 23, will try to become the second-youngest left-hander since 1916 to
start a season 9-0 exclusively as a starter. The only other southpaw to do it
at a younger age was Ken Holtzman of the Chicago Cubs, at age 21, in 1967.
Moore, who would become the fifth-youngest starter overall since 1916 to go
9-0, also tries to extend his club-record winning streak to 10 consecutive
The Rays have been able to give Moore plenty of offense to work with. He's
received 6.7 runs per nine innings, which is among the top 10 in the majors.
Moore's .172 opponents' batting average is the lowest in the American League.
During his career, Moore is 3-2 with a 3.99 ERA in five starts against the
Yankees. That includes a win April 22 this year when he threw eight innings in
a 5-1 win opposite CC Sabathia, who gave up five first-inning runs.
Facing the Yankees today will surely be tough for Moore, considering New York
has done exceptionally well against left-handed starters. The Yankees are
10-4 against southpaw starters this season, the best such winning percentage
in the majors. They've won seven of their last eight games when opposed by a
Vidal Nuno counters for the Yankees as the 25-year-old left-hander makes his
fourth career appearance and second start. He gave up a leadoff homer to Nate
McLouth in the 10th inning of a 3-2 loss at Baltimore on Tuesday.
Nuno's only start came May 13 at Cleveland when he limited the Indians to
three hits in five scoreless frames.
Last night, David Phelps pitched into the eighth inning and Brett Gardner
clubbed a two-run homer, as the Yankees earned a 9-4 win.
Phelps (3-2) was charged with six hits and four runs over 7 2/3 innings, but
the right-hander was forced to leave the game after being drilled on his right
forearm by a line drive off the bat of Ben Zobrist.
"His location was excellent. He changed speeds really well. It was a good
performance by him and our offense came to life tonight," Yankees manager Joe
Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured knuckle on his left
pinkie after getting by a pitch in the fifth inning. Granderson stayed in the
game and scored on a walk to Jayson Nix, but then was replaced in the field by
Ichiro Suzuki in the bottom of the frame.
The injury is expected to sideline the outfielder for at least the next four
weeks. Granderson was playing in just his eighth game of the season after
opening the campaign on the disabled list with a fractured right forearm.
"It is what it is. It kind of happened," Granderson said. "I can't change it
right now. (I've) just got to move forward, continue to get back to work
again. Another bump in the road, but that's it, just a bump. We'll come back,
heal up and be back ready."
Lyle Overbay and Nix each drove in two runs, as the AL East leaders avoided
their first three-game skid of the season.
Roberto Hernandez (2-5) gave up six hits and five runs over four innings in
Tampa Bay's third consecutive home defeat.
"I thought we had some really good at-bats and hit some balls really well, but
we have to do a better job pitching," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
The teams have split four meetings this season.
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