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Rays notes: Moore could be ready by Tuesday

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Published:   |   Updated: June 1, 2013 at 09:09 PM
CLEVELAND -

Manager Joe Maddon said he will announce today the plans for LHP Matt Moore, who pitched only one inning and threw 11 pitches during Friday's win against the Indians.

With his outing shortened by a pair of rain delays, Moore can return to the rotation as soon as Tuesday, when the Rays begin a three-game series in Detroit.

Maddon said Moore will pitch before his next turn, which is the series finale with the Tigers on Thursday afternoon.

That would afford RHP Alex Cobb, who is scheduled to pitch Tuesday night, an extra day for the cut near the fingernail on his right middle finger to heal.

Cobb was scheduled to pitch Friday, when the Rays opened this three-game series at Progressive Field. He said before Friday's game that the cut was healing and that he expected to make Tuesday's start. He even threw his bullpen session before Saturday's game.

Torres impressive again in relief LHP Alex Torres, operating on two hours of sleep, turned in his third scoreless outing this season in Saturday's 5-0 loss.

Torres said he was sleeping when Triple-A Durham manager Charlie Montoyo tried to reach him at 3 a.m. Saturday with news that Torres was heading back to the big club.

With the Rays bullpen gassed again, RHP Josh Lueke was optioned to Durham, and Torres was tabbed as the fresh arm. But Torres had his phone on vibrate and didn't wake up. So Montoyo called RHP Alex Colome, Torres' roommate, and told him to wake Torres. Torres then hustled to the stadium to get his gear, then caught a 7 a.m. flight to Cleveland with a layover in Philadelphia.

He entered in the fifth inning with a runner on base and shut down the Indians the rest of the way, allowing one hit while striking out six and walking one batter.

It was the second straight scoreless four-inning outing for Torres, who did it May 19 against the Orioles in Baltimore.

“I want to be here,” Torres said. “I want to be part of this team, and I want to make outs here at this level and I feel like I'm ready to be here already.”

Torres might not be here for long. He may be sent back to Durham today so the Rays can add another fresh arm to the bullpen.

Nice, um, try Four pitchers combined Friday night to throw the 10th one-hitter in team history, with that hit being a double to right field by Ryan Raburn off Lueke that hit RF Matt Joyce on the back as Joyce jumped at the wall to try to make the catch.

After the game, Rays bench coach Davey Martinez taped a ball to Joyce's back, telling Joyce he's the reason the Rays didn't throw a combined no-hitter so he'll have to wear it.

“That's Davey Martinez's way of being funny,” Joyce said. “I said I need a glove, not another ball. It's one of those plays where you just kind of have to laugh it off. It's embarrassing enough where you're like, 'I can't believe that happened.' It's one of those where you have to laugh with everyone else.”

Pitching in RHP Jamey Wright is in the process of setting up a fund that will aid families in Moore, Okla., that lost homes in last month's tornadoes.

“We know a lot of people who are without homes right now,” Wright said.

Sorry, fans The Indians are exploring ways to make it up to fans who attended Friday's marathon game that was delayed 4 hours, 49 minutes because of three rain delays and didn't end until 2:53 a.m.

Fans who stayed until the end or left earlier are being asked to hold on to their ticket stubs.

“We feel terrible about that type of circumstance for our fans,” team president Mark Shapiro said Saturday. “That's not what we're looking to do here. We're looking to provide the best experience possible for our fans, and (to) have them wait around that long with that much uncertainty is something we want to work to make right.”

Noteworthy The Rays finished May with an American League-best 18-10 record. … LF Kelly Johnson's 26 RBIs tied Fred McGriff for the second-most RBIs in the month of May. 3B Evan Longoria holds the record with 31. … Longoria's 13 doubles were a club record for May. … The first results of All-Star game balloting will be released Monday. … LHP Jeff Beliveau, called up Friday, was sent back to Durham after Friday's game to clear a roster spot for Saturday's starter, RHP Chris Archer.

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