FORT MYERS, Fla. — Matt Moore walked off the field after being hit in the mouth by a line drive that he partially blocked with his glove in the fourth inning of the Tampa Bay Rays’ 9-2 win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.
Moore got his glove up just in time to deflect a line shot by Boston’s Xander Bogaerts, recovering to throw out Bogaerts for the final out of the inning. Moore lifted his jersey up to his lip, which was bleeding.
But that also ended Moore’s outing as he was driven from the field, sitting up in a cart.
“Right now there’s no dizziness, I understand, no headaches. That’s a good thing,” Rays Manager Joe Maddon said. “Let’s just wait until tomorrow and see what’s concluded.”
Moore will have X-rays on Monday to make sure there are no fractures in his jaw or broken roots for his teeth.
Moore earned the win, going four innings without giving up a hit but allowing a run and four walks and four strikeouts and a wild pitch.
Moore and right-handers Brandon Gomes and Juan Carlos Oviedo combined to hold the Red Sox hitless into the seventh inning before Bogaerts’ one-out single.
Moore retired the first seven batters he faced before walking Will Middlebrooks in the third. It was one of four walks he allowed in the inning, forcing in a run.
Red Sox left-hander Felix Doubront had another rough outing, his second in as many starts, going 41/3 innings, giving up eight runs and 10 hits, including a home run, and two walks with six strikeouts and a balk.
“I thought today he had better life to his stuff overall,” Red Sox Manager John Farrell said. “A number of mislocated pitches, particularly when he was trying to go armside. He ended pulling some balls back across the plate.”
Doubront said he will work on his delivery before his next outing.
“Just repeating my delivery, repeating my delivery,” he said. “Keep the ball down and the simple stuff that you have to make the adjustment and try to hit that spot every time. Something simple.”
Red Sox left-hander Craig Breslow is scheduled to pitch in a minor league game on Monday, his first appearance in a game. He has been delayed this spring after last season’s heavy workload.
The Red Sox made roster moves before the game, optioning catcher Daniel Butler to Triple-A Pawtucket and reassigning to minor league camp pitchers Rich Hill, Dalier Hinojosa and Jon Ely. Pitcher Jose Mijares was released. Boston has 35 players in camp.
DODGERS 7, DIAMONDBACKS 5: Yasiel Puig had three hits and two RBI to back a scoreless outing by Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Los Angeles made it 2 for 2 Down Under, concluding their season-opening series against Arizona at Sydney with another win.
Dee Gordon and Juan Uribe also had three hits for the Dodgers, who finished with 13 in beating Arizona starter Trevor Cahill for the first time.
ORIOLES: All-Star third baseman Manny Machado will start the season on the 15-day disabled list.
Machado, who had left knee surgery Oct. 14, visited his Los Angeles-based surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Thursday and was given the go-ahead to resume all activities.
However, Manager Buck Showalter doesn’t want to rush the 21-year-old, who injured his knee at Tampa Bay on Sept. 23.
“The thought of him starting the season on the active list is not realistic,” Showalter said.
The Orioles will have to decide on a third baseman in Machado’s absence – or perhaps a second baseman if Ryan Flaherty is moved to third.
RANGERS: Second baseman Jurickson Profar will be out an estimated 10 to 12 weeks with a muscle tear in his right shoulder.
Profar was a late scratch against the San Diego Padres on Sunday and an MRI revealed the tear, which will not require surgery.