The Tampa Bay Rays' Matt Moore entered 2012 with lofty expectations after two overpowering big-league starts last season.
The highly touted left-hander, though, hasn't exactly lived up to the billing thus far.
With Moore looking to get on track and B.J. Upton expected to make his season debut, Tampa Bay tries for a ninth consecutive regular-season home victory as it opens a three-game set with the struggling Minnesota Twins on Friday night.
Moore (0-1, 5.54 ERA), who in his first career start struck out 11 over five innings during a 15-8 win at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 22, went on to throw seven innings of two-hit ball in a 9-0 victory at Texas in last season's AL division series.
It's safe to say the 22-year-old, however, has had a difficult time duplicating those results early on.
After giving up two runs, four hits and five walks over 6 2-3 innings of 5-2 loss at Detroit on April 10, Moore was tagged for six, eight and four, respectively, over 6 1-3 innings of Sunday's 6-4 de...