Matt Moore cleared to throw to hitters for first time since Tommy John surgery


Good news for the Rays, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that left-hander Matt Moore is scheduled to throw to hitters Sunday for the first time since his Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.

Moore is expected to have a total of three sessions against hitters before being cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He’ll likely need around four starts to get stretched out, but the Rays are hopeful that he’ll be ready to join the rotation by as soon as mid-June.

Moore reached the majors with a ton of hype, but the southpaw has seen mixed results thus far, with a 3.53 ERA and 8.8 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 in 61 starts and two relief appearances. Of course, he’s still just 25 years old with hopefully a lot of quality innings ahead of him.

Video: Kurt Suzuki breaks World Series Game 2 tie with long solo homer

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The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.

Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.

The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.