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Matt Moore expected to make 2015 debut next week


Rays manager Kevin Cash told Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Tuesday evening that he expects Matt Moore to make his 2015 season debut next week against the Indians. Moore will make one final minor league rehab start on Friday at Triple-A Durham before rejoining the club in Tampa Bay.

Moore underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow in his second start of the 2014 season. The 26-year-old southpaw boasts a strong 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 through 347 career major league innings.

A’s claim Jake Smolinski off waivers from Rangers

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Jane Lee, the Athletics beat reporter for, shares the news

Smolinski was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Friday after batting just .133/.270/.200 in 74 plate appearances. But he showed some promise last season in Texas and he had hit .422 with a 1.280 OPS in 50 plate appearances this season at Triple-A Round Rock. The 26-year-old former second-round pick is a nice depth addition for Oakland. He’s headed to Triple-A Nashville but could be called up soon.

Video: Byron Buxton’s first career stolen base

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Twins center fielder Byron Buxton stole his first base as a major leaguer on Sunday afternoon …

Buxton had 20 steals in 59 games at Double-A Chattanooga when the Twins promoted him on June 13. The 21-year-old top prospect entered play Sunday with just two hits in 24 major league plate appearances, but he’s already put his impressive defensive skills on display and he is capable of getting hot quickly at the dish.