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ARI@TB: Hernandez strikes out six, allows two earned

While plenty of talk has surrounded the recent success of certain Rays starters, little has been mentioned about right-hander Roberto Hernandez.

However, he'll play a much more pivotal role in the Rays' rotation in the next few weeks with Matt Moore now on the disabled list.

Hernandez was dominant in his last start against the D-backs, pitching his first complete game since 2010. In the contest, he allowed two runs on five hits for his sixth win of the season.

"For him, it's kind of like a comeback season," Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "For him to do something like that, it matters and I think it can create a bounce."

He'll look to keep that momentum going in Sunday's series finale against the Giants at Tropicana Field.

Meanwhile, Guillermo Moscoso will make his first start with the Giants since being acquired from the Cubs on July 26.

Taking the place of Barry Zito in the rotation, the right-hander will make his first Major League start since last Aug. 15 for Colorado at Milwaukee. Lifetime, he's 8-10 with a 4.10 ERA in 24 starts and 3-2 with a 4.42 ERA in 34 relief appearances.

"How long this will be, I can't tell you," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "But it was time to mix it up, change it up."

Moscoso tossed 2 2/3 innings of relief Tuesday against the Phillies, allowing two runs on two hits. Before that, he spent the season with the Cubs' Triple-A affiliate, going 7-5 with a 3.93 ERA in 17 starts.

Giants: Peguero expected to get September callup
Bochy said Saturday that outfielder Francisco Peguero could be part of San Francisco's September callups.

Peguro, ranked at the Giants' No. 10 prospect by, hit .188 in a six-game stint with the club earlier this season. He also played 17 games for San Francisco in 2012.

"There's a chance we should see him in September. A good chance," said Bochy.

Rays: Longoria searching for way out of slump
Tampa Bay third baseman Evan Longoria has continued to search for solutions to his current slump.

The Rays slugger is hitless in his last 17 at-bats, dating back to the sixth inning of Monday's contest against the Red Sox. He also hit .194 in 25 July games.

Maddon spoke to Longoria on Friday and "threw my two cents out there."

"I know I really like the coaches to coach more than I want the manager to coach," Maddon said. "Once in a while I do get involved."

Worth noting
• San Francisco is 15-22 in starts by opposing left-handed pitchers.

• Moscoso will make his third career start against the Rays. He's gone 0-1 with a 8.38 ERA in his previous two outings. Comments