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TB@WSH: Moore strikes out six over five innings

With temperatures expected to be in the triple digits for Wednesday afternoon's series finale at Kauffman Stadium, the Rays and Royals know such weather can bring challenges.

For Tampa Bay left-hander Matt Moore, that means hitting the rosin bag a bit more and changing his shirt a few times during the game.

"It's really just the sweat in my hand. That's the only thing you have to fight other than the sweat dripping down in your eyes," Moore said. "It's a part of the game. We play outside, so it's just going to be a little bit warmer."

However, Moore also sees the advantages to such a sweltering game.

"Warm weather really makes us play quicker games or something because, from my experience with it, hitters are a little more anxious to swing," Moore said. "It seems like they're less likely to work deep into counts, so it kind of works in the whole team's favor."

Moore hopes that's the case as he tries to go for his fourth win in his last five starts. He received a no-decision in his last outing on Thursday, holding the Nationals to two runs on three hits in five innings.

He'll brave the heat on the hill with Kansas City left-hander Everett Teaford, who will make his second start of the season.

"He's been throwing the ball good and we like the lefty matchup against this club over there," manager Ned Yost said.

Teaford's last start was on April 27 against the Twins, in which he tossed four innings, surrendering four runs on eight hits for a no-decision.

"He's made great strides the last couple years in his career. He started at Double-A a couple of years ago to make a name for himself in our organization," Yost said. "The thing I like about him is he's got three pretty good pitches he throws for strikes and he competes really well."

Rays: Draft pick Edwards signs
• The Rays signed second-round Draft pick Spencer Edwards on Tuesday.

Edwards, a shortstop out of Rockwell, Texas, is known for his speed, with Rays scouting director R.J. Harrison calling him a "premium runner." Edwards will report to the Gulf Coast League Rays in Port Charlotte, Fla.

The Rays have signed nine of their top 10 selections and 33 of 40 overall picks from this year's First-Year Player Draft.

Royals: Carlson among finalists
• Jordan Carlson of Council Grove, Kan., will represent the Royals as one of 24 finalists in the 2012 Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit and Run competition. She is among three finalists in the 11-12 girls age group.

The National Finals will be held at Kauffman Stadium on Monday, July 9 prior to the All-Star Workout Day. More than 685,000 youth were in 4,000 competitions across North America in age groups ranging from 7 to 14.

This is the third straight year that a nationwide Girls Softball Division was part of the program that allowed girls to compete and advance separately from the boys.

Worth noting
• Rays starter Alex Cobb's complete game on Monday night was the 11th in the Major Leagues since 1969 in which a pitcher allowed 13 or more hits and eight or more runs. The last time it happened was June 10, 1996, when Boston's Tim Wakefield did it against the White Sox.

• Teaford went 4-0 with a 1.09 ERA in seven games with Triple-A Omaha this season. Comments