Matt Moore nearing minor league rehab assignment

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Tampa Bay’s management and medical staff have mapped out a timetable for Matt Moore that should get the 25-year-old lefty back in the Rays’ starting rotation around the first or second week of June.

Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune says Moore is scheduled to throw a simulated game Wednesday and then another one five days later. If both of those go well, he will be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. And it should only take him 3-4 minor league starts to get properly tuned up for the bigs.

Moore has been on the shelf since undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last April.

He boasts a 3.53 ERA and 339 strikeouts in 347 career big league innings.

George Springer sets record with homer in fifth consecutive World Series game

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Astros outfielder George Springer has set another postseason home run record. He swatted a solo home run off of Nationals reliever Tanner Rainey to lead off the bottom of the seventh inning, reducing the Nationals’ lead to 5-3. It marked his fifth consecutive World Series game with a home run, breaking a tie with Reggie Jackson and Lou Gehrig to set a new record, per MLB.com’s Sarah Langs.

Springer homered in Games 4 through 7 in the 2017 World Series against the Dodgers. The Astros, of course, ultimately won the series to earn the franchise’s first championship.

Springer hadn’t had the best showing in the 2019 playoffs, as he entered Tuesday’s action batting .152/.235/.283 across 51 plate appearances.