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Tampa announces starting pitchers for Games 1 and 2

9/29/2011

The Tampa Bay Rays announced that Matt Moore will start Game 1 of the ALDS against the Texas Rangers at 4:07 p.m. Friday in Arlington. C.J. Wilson is starting for Texas.

For Saturday's Game 2, Tampa will send James Shields to the mound, while the Rangers will start Derek Holland.

Moore, 22, has made just one start in the big leagues, pitching five scoreless innings against the Yankees on Sept. 22. That was Moore’s first win in the majors (and his only win so far). Moore had given up three runs on 5 hits in 4 1/3 innings of relief prior to that start. He has a fastball in the mid 90s and a plus changeup.

In the minors, Moore was 12-3 with a 1.92 ERA in 27 starts (155 innings) as he split time with Double-A Montgomery and Triple-A Durham in 2011.