Found July 16, 2013 on Fox Sports Florida:
Catch her maybe? Maybe not. Tampa Bay Rays ace Matt Moore is taking partial blame for singer Carly Rae Jepsen's disastrous first pitch prior to Sunday's contest against the Houston Astros. Moore fessed up during All-Star media day at Citi Field in New York, suggesting it was his idea for the petite singer to throw from the pitcher's mound. "She was very nervous and I actually made her go all the way back to the mound, to the rubber," Moore said. "She was going to do it from just out front. I pressured her to go all the way out, which may have been a bad decision."   <A href="http:msn.foxsports.comvideo?videoid=49daaafb-8cbe-4324-ad47-894e89844d2c&src=v5:embed:syndication:&from=shareembed-syndication" target="_new" title="Moore on catching for Carly Rae Jepsen">Video: Moore on catching for Carly Rae Jepsen<A> Jepsen's toss barely cleared the pitcher's mound and veered toward the first base ...

Rays have plenty of pros with All-Star potential

The All-Star Game has passed, and thoughts have turned to the seasons second half. Tampa Bay Rays left-hander Matt Moore, a first-time All-Star, was stellar in his appearance in the fifth inning Tuesday at Citi Field when he retired three National League batters in nine pitches. Meanwhile, Rays infielderoutfielder Ben Zobrist was named to his second All-Star Game as a reserve but...

Tampa Bay Rays: Mid-Season Report Card

Team:  Tampa Bay Rays Record: 55-41 (2.5 GB) Biggest Surprise of 1st Half:  The Rays’ batting leader through the first half of the season (.315/.366/.466), James Loney is the team’s biggest first half surprise. About a year ago, he all but appeared finished with the Los Angeles Dodgers, stuck in a platoon with Juan Rivera.  By the time he left the Dodgers in a trade with...

Carly Rae Jepsen's first pitch at Rays game was worst ever (Video)

Your browser does not support iframes. Carly Rae Jepsen performed in concert Sunday at Tropicana Field as part of the Tampa Bay Rays summer concert series. Unfortunately, it's Jepsen's performance before the game that everyone is talking about. Jepsen was invited to throw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Rays game, and did so terribly. There is no...

Ben Zobrist, Matt Moore mixed up in All-Star Game introductions

Imagine being 24, in your third MLB season, and getting the huge honor of being named to the All-Star team for the first time in your career. That’s a big deal. Unfortunately for Matt Moore, his moment of fame was botched when Joe Buck accidentally got the two Tampa Bay Rays all-stars mixed up during [...]

Rays’ Yunel Escobar exits with strained hamstring

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Getting Strikes on the Edge

The last time I wrote about Edge% it was in the context of the Tampa Bay Rays using it to get their pitchers into more favorable counts on 1-1. But now I want to take that topic and drill a little deeper to understand how often edge pitches are taken for called strikes. Overall, pitches taken on the edge are called strikes 69% of the time. But that aggregate measure hides some pretty...

Rays' Alex Cobb faces live hitters

For the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive, Alex Cobb has faced live hitters.  The 25-year old righty threw to hitters Sunday afternoon and felt good about it.  Cobb, of course, suffered a concussion when he was hit by a screaming line drive on June 15th. According to Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, Cobb was not anxious during his outing yesterday. ...

State of the Rays: Tough foes await after hot 1st-half finish

The Tampa Bay Rays enter the All-Star break as baseball's hottest team, the result of beating opponents they should and a return to what has made them consistent winners in the past. Their record, 55-41, places them 2.5 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. If the season ended today, a wild-card game would be played at Tropicana Field. That fact is notable...

Jepsen has fun with first-pitch fail

Call me maybe - just not to throw out a first pitch. Canadian pop star Carly Rae Jepsen had a good laugh at herself after she spiked the ceremonial first pitch at a Tampa Bay Rays game on Sunday. Jepsen, best known for the catchy Top-40 hit ''Call Me Maybe,'' posted a text-message conversation between her and her brother on Twitter that had the hash tag ''...

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Carly Rae Jepsen fires wayward pitch at Rays game

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- It seemed like a good idea to invite Carly Rae Jepsen to throw out the first pitch. That is, until it happened. On Sunday, before a game between the Tampa Bay Rays and Houston Astros, the pop star was at Tropicana Field to perform as part of the Rays Summer Concert Series later in the afternoon. The Canadian singersongwriter, who received two Grammy nominations...

Rays' Matt Moore makes quick work of AL in All-Star Game

Matt Moore was quick and efficient Tuesday.The Tampa Bay Rays left-hander retired three batters -- Colorado Rockies outfielder Carlos Gonzalez, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and Rockies infielder Troy Tulowitzki -- in nine pitches in the bottom of the fifth inning for the American League in the MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field in New York.Moore, named to his first All...
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