State of the Rays: Upcoming series to reveal much for Rays
JUL 22, 2013 6:34p ET
Amazing experience! Most memorable part wil definitely be Mariano Rivera pitching a perfect 8th inning. Thank you all for the nice thoughts!— Matt Moore (@MattyMoe55) July 17, 2013
Left-hander Matt Moore was deserving of an All-Star berth before he received word that he was chosen to replace Texas Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish on the American League roster.
But his quick work against Carlos Gonzalez, Yadier Molina and Troy Tulowitzki in the fifth inning was validation that he has grown into one of the game's most promising young arms.
At 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 19 starts, Moore has positioned himself well for what should be an intriguing second half as the Rays try to stay near the top of the AL East. Aside from a three-game slide to start June, Moore has been Tampa Bay's most consistent arm this season. The future looks bright.
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