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SEA@TB: Moore on his upcoming start vs. the Mariners

On a day in which Tropicana Field fans will receive a bobblehead in his likeness, Matt Moore takes the mound seeking to come to the relief of the Tampa Bay bullpen.

He faces off against the Mariners' Blake Beavan with the series win on the line in the finale of the three-game set, and after Friday's 14-inning affair and starter Alex Cobb's lower leg injury in the second inning Saturday, the Rays bullpen has mustered 13 1/3 innings of work through the first two games of the series -- and it'd welcome a long outing from Moore.

Moore faced the Mariners on May 1, holding them to one earned run in five innings while striking out seven batters.

"I'm not too, too familiar with them," Moore said of the Mariners. "I threw against them last time, I think it wasn't my best. It started out pretty good and I think it got out of hand a little quicker. I'm focused the things I'm working on between starts, which is my alignment and fastball location, hoping to get ahead early."

Moore is looking to build off a strong last outing in which he was perfect through the first three innings, finishing with two earned runs on three hits over five innings.

Seattle's bullpen could use some help from Beavan as well. The Mariners used three relievers in Saturday's 2-1 win, and exhausted the bullpen so much in Friday's game that they had catcher Miguel Olivo warming up in the bullpen in the 14th inning.

Beavan makes his second start for the Mariners since being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. He picked up the win against Kansas City last Tuesday after giving up five earned runs in six innings.

"I've only had one start since I've been back, so haven't had a chance to really get it going yet," Beavan said. "My last start was pretty late notice, so I was just trying to go after them. I learned some things from that start, things I could have done a little better in the third inning [when he gave up three runs]. I need to mix my pitches up a little better. I need to start throwing my changeup more. It's a good pitch for me. So that's something I'll focus on, just take it from what I was doing down there and working it up here."

Beavan also faced the Rays on May 2, pitching 5 1/3 innings and giving up five runs on seven hits in a losing effort.

Mariners: Ramirez scheduled for rehab start
• Erasmo Ramirez is tentatively scheduled for a rehab start for Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday after a 35-pitch simulated game before Saturday's game.

"I was happy with my command," Ramirez said. "The hitters came to the plate to hit whatever was in the strike zone, so I was happy to see them swinging a lot. I was working more with my breaking ball. I'm not going to throw fastball and changeup the whole game, so I threw curves and sliders. Those are the tough ones. But I felt comfortable."

Ramirez has been sidelined with a strained elbow, and manager Eric Wedge said the 22-year-old starter would pitch a bullpen session on Monday before joining Tacoma.

• Franklin Gutierrez will continue to be sidelined from physical activity before being re-evaluated by doctors on Monday, Wedge said Saturday. The center fielder has been sidelined since getting hit in the ear on a pickoff throw three weeks ago.

Rays: Scott lands on DL
• Luke Scott was placed on the 15-day disabled list after Friday's game with a mild rear oblique strain suffered in the ninth inning on a checked swing.

"It's a tough injury to try and play through," Scott said. "The way I felt coming out of the box and when I took that check swing, I knew something was up. As I went in the dugout, when I was moving around feeling it, it didn't feel good."

Scott was previously on the disabled list in June with a back strain, and he said he expects to be back when he is eligible to return from the DL.

• Jeff Niemann threw from the mound for the first time on Saturday since fracturing his right fibula May 14 as he continues to make steady progress.

Niemann threw 25 pitches and said he still has some inflammation and discomfort in the leg.

Worth noting
• Saturday's win broke the Mariners' nine-game losing streak against the Rays.

• Tampa Bay pitchers have struck out 32 batters in the two games in the series so far, and a trio of relievers struck out six consecutive Mariners at one point in Saturday's game. Comments