Rays might promote Matt Moore later this month

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It appears we may get a sneak preview of baseball’s top pitching prospect before the season is through.

According to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times, Rays manager Joe Maddon told reporters on Saturday evening that it’s a “possibility” left-handed prospect Matt Moore could be promoted to the major leagues for a spot start later this month.

The Rays have a doubleheader on September 21 with the Yankees and will need an emergency starter the day after. Alex Torres is also being considered, but the Rays could be compelled to get a glimpse of the organization’s top overall talent.

A 22-year-old, Moore posted a 1.92 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 210/46 K/BB ratio in 155 innings this season between Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham. There’s little doubt that he’s ready to take the next step.

Tigers, Royals to play a regular season game in Omaha next year

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Major League Baseball announced today that the Kansas City Royals and the Detroit Tigers will play a regular season game in Omaha, Nebraska next year to open the festivities for the College World Series.

The game will be played on Thursday, June 13, 2019 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha two days before the first game of the Series. It will be televised nationally by ESPN. TD Ameritrade Park has a seating capacity of 24,000, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators. Which, um, probably means this will be one of the larger crowds for the Royals next year if the club’s current trajectory continues.

This will be the fourth small-park, special occasion regular season game for Major League Baseball in recent years. hIn July 2016 the Atlanta Braves and the Miami Marlins played at Fort Bragg, North Carolina for service members. Last August the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals played in the inaugural Little League Classic, which took place at Bowman Field in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. There will be a second Little League Classic in Williamsport this August between the Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Mets.