Found March 22, 2014 on Pro Sports Daily:
The Tampa Bay Rays had a three man competition for the final spot in their starting rotation this spring. The candidates were Jake Odorizzi, Erik Bedard, and Cesar Ramos. On Saturday the Rays announced that the 22-year-old Odorizzi, with only six career starts under his belt, will claim the 5th spot in the rotation. This starts a domino effect for the two guys who lost out. Chris Cotillo notes that Bedard will opt out of his deal with Tampa Bay and try to catch on with somebody else. Ramos, age 29, had the best showing in Spring Training of the bunch. Tommy Rancel notes that he might become an intriguing trade piece if the Rays do not hold onto him for depth.

WATCH: Matt Moore hit in face with line drive, makes play

Someone with much more time on their hands than me figured out that there are about 700,000 pitches thrown a season. Of those 700,000 only one in every 300,000 end up hitting the pitcher in the face (courtesy of a line drive). Well--it appears that we may already have the two for this season covered now that Tampa Bay Rays pitcher Matt Moore has been hit.@corkgaines/TwitterLuckily...

Erik Bedard makes final pitch for spot in Rays rotation

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Joe Maddon has had enough of the debate for now. The contenders have had enough time to state their cases. Likely, all involved have had enough of the questions about the topic. We're nearing a decision on the Tampa Bay Rays' fifth starter, which presumably will come Saturday. After left-hander Cesar Ramos (impressive) and right-hander Jake Odorizzi...

Notebook: Juan Carlos Oviedo realistic about Opening Day prospects

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- Right-hander Juan Carlos Oviedo is realistic. He was accepting of manager Joe Maddon's assessment that it's unlikely that he'll be ready for Opening Day when the Tampa Bay Rays host the Toronto Blue Jays on March 31. "I understand that I probably won't be ready for the opening of the season because I haven't pitched in a long time...

Newcomer spotlight: Mark Lowe eager for fresh test in AL East with Rays

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Sign or Trade: David Price

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Rays pitcher Matt Moore hit in face by line drive

FORT MYERS, Fl. – Just days after Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman took a line drive to the head, Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Moore was lucky to walk off the field after being hit in the mouth by a line drive that he partially was able to block during the fourth inning of the Rays 9-2 win over the Red Sox on Sunday. Moore reportedly got his glove up just in time to deflect...

Rays Pitcher Matt Moore Struck In Face By Line Drive (Video)

  Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore is one tough guy. Just days removed from the horrific to watch Aroldis Chapman line drive to the face hit, Matt Moore suffered a similar fate in a Spring Training game vs the Red Sox.  Only difference being how it all ended…   Moore left after 4 innings and it appears as though he’s been left unscathed. Lucky guy, but a scary week to be...

Rays' Matt Moore takes line drive off face

A few days after the horrific scene with Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman, we saw another pitcher take a sharp drive off his head.  This time it was Matt Moore of the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays were playing teh Boston Red Sox this afternoon when it happened.  Gorden Edes of ESPN tweets: Scary moment. TB's Matt Moore barely deflected liner off Bogaerts' bat headed for his...

Matt Moore Struck In Face By Line Drive, Finishes Play Vs. Red Sox (GIF)

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Matt Moore showed some toughness against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. Moore nearly became the latest victim of a dangerous week for pitchers, as Xander Bogaerts drilled a comebacker that struck the Rays left-hander in the face. The ball hit Moore in the mouth area, but it appeared the pitcher minimized the impact by deflecting the ball with his glove...

Matt Moore hit in mouth, leaves in 4th inning of Rays win over Red Sox

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) -- Matt Moore walked off the field after being hit in the mouth by a line drive that he partially blocked with his glove in the fourth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays' 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. Moore got his glove up just in time to deflect a line shot by Boston's Xander Bogaerts, recovering to throw out Bogaerts for the final out of the inning....

Rays' Moore leaves after 4 innings

FORT MYERS, Fla. (AP) Matt Moore walked off the field after being hit in the mouth by a line drive that he partially blocked with his glove in the fourth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays' 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox.

Rays' Cobb strikes out 12 in 3-3 tie

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Can't We All Just Get Along

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Rays fall to Blue Jays, 5-0

In his last start of the spring, Erik Bedard gave up four runs, and the Tampa Bay Rays were held to just three hits in a 5-0 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays.

Race for final Rays' rotation spot pushing pitchers to be better

Competition has its benefits. Take, for example, the battle for the fifth spot in the Rays' rotation: Cesar Ramos, Jake Odorizzi and Erik Bedard have all gained something by this battle for the mound, leaving a tough choice for manager Joe Maddon as the season gets close.
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