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Rays' Matt Moore named to replace Yu Darvish on AL All-Star roster

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

Rays lefty Matt Moore is headed to the All-Star Game. (USATSI)
Rays lefty Matt Moore is headed to the All-Star Game. (USATSI)

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The other, lesser consequence of the Rangers' Yu Darvish being placed on the DL is that Darvish won't be part of the All-Star Game on July 16 at Citi Field. American League manager Jim Leyland has tabbed Rays lefty Matt Moore to replace Darvish on the AL roster (source: CBSSports.com's Danny Knobler). This will be Moore's first trip to the Midsummer Classic.

This season, the 24-year-old Moore has pitched to a 3.42 ERA (113 ERA+), 1.33 WHIP and a 1.85 K/BB ratio. He's also 12-3, which is probably why he's now an All-Star. Although the run-prevention numbers are solid enough, Moore hasn't truly pitched like an All-Star in 2013, particularly at the peripheral level (e.g., he's issued 53 unintentional walks in 100 innings).

Better choices include Derek Holland of the Rangers, James Shields of the Royals, Drew Smyly of Leyland's own Tigers, Greg Holland of the Royals and Grant Balfour of the Athletics.

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