Thursday, July 11, 2013

Matt Moore named All-Star replacement

The Biscuits will have a former player in the major league All-Star Game after all.

Matt Moore has been named to replace Texas' injured Yu Darvish on the American League roster for Tuesday's game in New York.

The All-Star rosters were devoid of Biscuits for the first time since 2007 when they were revealed Saturday.

Moore, after picking up the win today in Tampa Bay's 4-3 victory over Minnesota, is 13-3 with a 3.44 ERA this season. He's tied for the AL lead in victories and has more before the All-Star break than any player in franchise history.

“If you had asked me a couple of years ago, I would have just been happy to be here,” said Moore, who played for the Biscuits in 2011 and is in his second full major league season.

“For the way things are going right now, I’m ecstatic about being a part of the festivities and being at the game with the best players in the game," he said. "I’m very excited to see what it’s all about.”

Moore took a no-hitter into the sixth inning against the Twins. He left with one out in the eighth and gave up three runs on three hits with 10 strikeouts.

“That was an all-Star pitching out there today,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Delivery and everything else combined with that—he could get even hotter for the rest of the season. It was outstanding to watch.”

The all-time list of major league All-Star Biscuits ...

2013: LHP Matt Moore
2012: LHP David Price
2011: LHP David Price, RHP James Shields
2010: 3B Evan Longoria, LHP David Price, RHP Evan Meek
2009: 3B Evan Longoria
2008: LHP Scott Kazmir, 3B Evan Longoria
2006: LHP Scott Kazmir

NOTE: All represented Tampa Bay except for Meek (Pittsburgh Pirates). In 2008, Longoria won the final AL roster spot via online fan voting. In 2009, Longoria was voted an AL starter but was unable to play due to a finger infection.

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