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|Rays phenom Moore handles big expectations
Moore was an eighth-round pick out of a New Mexico high school in 2007, and not because sign-ability was an issue. He signed for $115,[url=http://duveticadownjacketssale.webmium.com/][b]http://duveticadownjacketssale.webmium.com/[/b][/url],000 and was pitching in the minors less than a month after being drafted.
Matt Moore pitched just 9 1/3 innings for the Rays in the 2011 regular season. (AP Photo)
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Moore knows what the baseball world is saying about him, and he does not run from the great expectations. "It's always good to have people on your side," he says. "If I take care of what I can and continue to be diligent with my workouts, those things are going to take care of themselves. We'll see where we're at."
He carries himself these days with a demeanor as cool as the Imagination T-shirt he was sporting Sunday, but he was not born with such unflappability.
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Moore gave up a long, two-out, first-inning home run to fellow New Mexican Cody Ross after getting ahead in the count 0-2. Non-roster invitee Josh Kroger led off the second with a homer off a 92 mph fastball after Moore fell behind in the count 2-0. He really faltered in the third when he walked the bases loaded,[url=http://duveticaoutletcanada.halod.com/][b]duvetica jackets canada online outlet[/b][/url], causing him to reach his pitch limit after only seven outs.
"This is almost perfectly normal," Hickey said. "He's a little bit behind and when guys get out there for their second and sometimes third time, they're a little fatigued. I'm not surprised or concerned."
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