- Associated Press - Sunday, September 11, 2011

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (AP) - The Tampa Bay Rays have promoted top pitching prospect Matt Moore from the minors as they try to rally down the stretch for a playoff berth.

The Rays purchased Moore’s contract from Triple-A Durham on Sunday night, hours after completing a three-game sweep of Boston that moved them within 3 1/2 games of the AL wild card leaders.

The 22-year-old Moore will join the Rays in time for Monday night’s game at Baltimore. The left-hander went 12-3 with a 1.92 ERA in 27 combined starts for Double-A Montgomery and Durham. His 210 strikeouts broke the franchise record for a minor leaguer.

To make room for Moore on the 40-man roster, the Rays will make a corresponding move Monday.

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