6/2/2013 2:06 P.M. ET
Maddon finally able to set rotation after rain, injury
By Zack Meisel / MLB.com
CLEVELAND -- At last, the Rays appear to have their pitching staff in order. An overworked bullpen and nearly five hours of rain delays on Friday night combined to wreak havoc on both the starters and relievers.
Manager Joe Maddon anticipated the back end of his bullpen would be at full strength for Sunday's series finale in Cleveland. The skipper also reshuffled his rotation.
Matt Moore, who tossed one inning before the skies opened on Friday night, will pitch Tuesday's series opener in Detroit. Alex Cobb, who has been dealing with a cut on the middle finger of his pitching hand, will toe the rubber on Wednesday, and Roberto Hernandez will be pushed back until Thursday.
Maddon said Moore could have pitched on Sunday, if needed, but the Rays were set with Jeremy Hellickson.
"It worked out pretty well," Maddon said. "In spite of all the craziness, it's OK."
Cobb threw a bullpen session on Saturday and reported no pain. He threw all fastballs, but also tossed a few flat-ground curveballs. Cobb first suffered the injury when pitching against the Yankees on May 26.
"The finger issue seems to be getting a lot better," Maddon said.
Rays think 'Spider-Man' Joyce belongs on blooper reel
CLEVELAND -- The Rays have a superhero on their team, and they want him to get more face time.
The Indians' lone hit during Friday's water-logged contest caromed off the lower back of right fielder Matt Joyce, who was scaling the wall to make the catch. The effort led to manager Joe Maddon referring to Joyce as "Spider-Man" after the game.
The jesting didn't end there. One player even taped a glove to the back of Joyce's jersey.
Teammate Kelly Johnson campaigned to have Joyce's play merit more exposure on blooper reels.
"I've been on the '[ESPN] Not Top 10' plenty of times," Johnson said, "so speaking as someone who has had to laugh at himself, I think that definitely needs to make its way on there."
Johnson did, however, sympathize with his fellow outfielder.
"He's trying to be aggressive and make a play," Johnson said. "It's hard sometimes to shut that off and take a step back and imagine if you have a really legitimate chance to catch it. You always think you have a chance to catch it. It's part of being competitive."
• Maddon gave Desmond Jennings a regular day off on Sunday.
"He's doing so much better," Maddon said. "You're starting to see a spring back in everything that he's doing. The at-bats have gotten better. He's not chasing as much."
• Tampa Bay's pitching staff has recorded five shutouts this season. The Rays' offense has been blanked on three occasions.