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The Tampa Bay Rays, still feeling the effects from Monday's 15-inning, 5-hour loss to the Oakland Athletics, have called up right-handed reliever Josh Lueke.
Lueke was with the Rays coming out of spring training and has an 18.90 ERA in three games with the big league club. The 6-foot-5-inch, 235-pounder was 1-3 with a 4.72 ERA for Triple-A Durham before getting recalled to the majors.
The Rays needed some help in their bullpen after manager Joe Maddon used seven relievers in the loss to the A's. Maddon was so desperate that he had designated hitter Jeff Keppinger warming up in the 15th inning of the game, which ended at 12:17 a.m. local time.
To make room for Lueke, Tampa Bay optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to Durham.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. Matt Joyce fought his way through a torrential rainstorm Monday night, driving into town after a brief rehab assignment in Daytona.
It was like a monsoon or something, it was brutal, he said Tuesday afternoon by his locker inside the Tampa Bay Rays clubhouse. I had to slow down to make sure I made it here.
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“Matt Moore is Tampa Bay’s starter for this game.”
“Matt Moore pitches primarily with his left arm.”
“The Indians will lose this game.”
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Bot 2nd: Tampa Bay
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- B.J. Upton hit sacrifice fly to right, D. Jennings scored
Bot 3rd: Tampa Bay
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Player of the Game
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Tribe hitters took advantage...