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BAL@TB: Moore strikes out six over 5 1/3 scoreless

In the series finale against the Blue Jays, Rays starter Matt Moore will put his scoreless streak on the line against a team that hasn't won a series at Tropicana Field in its last 16 tries.

It's a good sign for Moore.

Moore hasn't allowed a run since the second inning against the Mariners on July 22, a run of 17 2/3 scoreless innings. Though he got into some early trouble in his last start, loading the bases in the first inning, Moore got out of it to toss another fine start. In his 6 1/3 shutout innings, he allowed four hits and two walks, while striking out six.

In his first season as a full-time starter, the left-hander is 8-7 with a 3.84 ERA in 21 starts.

"I think there's much more competitive games that I'm throwing," Moore said. "My goal is to compete every night out. Whatever I have that night, it has to be 100 percent."

Opposing Moore for the Blue Jays will be right-hander Henderson Alvarez, who struggled a bit with his command in his last start.

In five innings against the Athletics, Alvarez walked five (one intentional), while surrendering three runs in the loss. The three-run outing came on the heels of one of his best starts of the season, however, when he went seven innings against the hot-hitting Tigers, allowing just one earned run.

It has been an up-and-down season in 2012 for Alvarez, who is 7-8 with a 4.47 ERA in his 21 starts.

Blue Jays: Arms on arms on arms
• It's no secret that pitching has been a struggle for the Blue Jays this season. And after Chad Jenkins' Major League debut on Tuesday, the lack of a consistent staff made its way into the team's record books.

Jenkins' appearance set a club record as he became the 31st pitcher used by the Blue Jays this season. The team's previous high was 30.

The Blue Jays have put 10 pitchers on the disabled list this year, with all but two of them needing season-ending surgeries. Sure, injuries have played a part in the number of pitchers Toronto has been forced to use, but it's not the only reason.

"In certain cases, there are deadlines and contracts that you've got to take a look at a guy before he has the ability to request an out," Blue Jays manager John Farrell said. "I'm sure in some of those, those existed. We've had a lot of turnover because you bring a guy up in the short-term, he gets used, and all of a sudden you're in an extended game, or a game where the bullpen has been used extensively, and then you've got to get another fresh arm in that situation."

Rays: Scott feeling better, could go on rehab assignment
• Out since July 21 with an oblique strain, designated hitter Luke Scott said he feels fine and is ready to see live pitching.

Scott took live batting practice and did his full routine before Wednesday's game against the Blue Jays. Manager Joe Maddon said he believes Scott will go on a rehab assignment, but needs to discuss it with the training staff first.

This is the second stint on the disabled list for Scott, who he said he doesn't want to rush back too soon.

"Your heart and mind tell you: 'Hey, get back. You need to get back now,'" Scott said. "But wisdom and my gray hairs say I gotta come back when I'm ready. It doesn't do me any good to come back if I'm not ready, it doesn't do the team any good."

Worth noting
• The Rays are 8-2 in the season series against the Blue Jays and have won eight of their last nine matchups. Tampa Bay has also pitched to a 2.64 ERA (75 earned runs in 255 1/3 innings) against Toronto, the lowest of any American League team.

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