Yu Darvish and Adam Wainwright each made their second starts of the spring while Tampa Bay phenom Matt Moore made his 2012 debut today.
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Darvish struggled a bit with his control his second time out throwing just 29 of his 61 pitches for strikes and allowing 7 of the 13 hitters he faced to reach base. However the Rangers defense picked him up as Yorvit Torrealba threw out a pair of would be base stealers in the first inning and the infield turned a double play in the third as the damage was limited to just 2 runs in 3 innings of work. Darvish struck out 3 and left the game with an 7-2 lead that the Ranger bullpen was unable to hold.
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Wainwright fared significantly better than Darvish in his second outing tossing 3 shutout innings against the New York Mets allowing just one hit and one walk. Wainwright has now thrown 5 shutout innings for the Cardinals this spring as he attempts to return from Tommy John surgery that caused him to miss all of last season.
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The 22 year old lefty Moore made his highly anticipated spring debut for Tampa Bay with 1 2/3 innings of hitless relief against the Baltimore Orioles. Moore struck out three of the first four hitters he faced and allowed only a one out walk to Matt Wieters in his second inning of work.