The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox have split the first two games of their four-game weekend set, but the Rays will be looking for a big win on Saturday as they try and keep their slim postseason hopes alive. Tampa had been on an eight-game winning streak before losing 3-1 on Friday night at U.S. Cellular Field.
And while Tampa still has an opportunity to make the playoffs, Friday's loss definitely hurt their chances. The Rays now sit three games behind the Oakland A's for the second spot in the AL Wild Card after Oakland defeated the Seattle Mariners on Friday, 8-2. Tampa has just five games left to play in the regular season.
On Saturday, the Rays will turn to rookie pitcher Matt Moore who is 0-4 with a 5.72 ERA in his last six starts. In his last three outings on the mound, the left-hander has lasted just four innings or less. The White Sox are expected to send Chris Sale to pitch opposite Moore. The last time these two met was in May with Moore taking the loss, as the White Sox went on to sweep the series with the Rays.