June 3, 2013
By Michael Eldridge and Brian Grant | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Former UT Arlington baseball standeout Adam Moore returned to the major leagues recently with the Kansas City Royals.
Moore was called up to the Royals from Triple-A Omaha on May 26 when regular starter Salvador Perez was placed on bereavement leave due to a death in the family.
Making the most of his opportunity with the Royals, Moore was 3-for-6 against the Texas Rangers and recorded his first multi-hit game since 2010 when he was with the Seattle Mariners. That last multi-hit game also came against the Rangers.
“I have to take every advantage of every opportunity,” Moore said. “My job is to come in here and get wins and play the best to my ability.”
Moore, with the Mavericks in 2006, has made several career appearances in Texas as a major leaguer.
“It’s always fun to come back somewhere around here and where my roots are,” Moore said. “I just really enjoy coming here. I have family and friends here for support.”
Moore had a memorable season with the Mavericks in 2006, leading the team with a .350 batting average, 22 doubles, 10 home runs and 50 RBI. He played in all 56 games, and was named the Southland Conference Newcomer of the Year and first team All-SLC.
Entering Saturday’s contest against the Rangers, Moore was scheduled to take part in the Texas Rangers cow milking contest before the game, but a late addition to the Royal’s starting lineup meant that he was scratched from taking part.
“When they told me that I was scheduled to do it I just laughed,” Moore said. “It would have been fun. But I’d rather be in the lineup. I was going to have a lot of fun with it. I had never done it before and it would have been interesting to see.”
Taking Moore’s place was George Kottaras, who defeated Texas reliever Robbie Ross.
Moore’s Royals return home to face the Minnesota Twins beginning on Tuesday.
Other Mavericks in the Majors last week:
Hunter Pence of the San Francisco Giants was in Oakland this past week for two games before returning back to San Francisco for two more games against the A’s. In that span, Pence recorded seven hits, three runs and three RBI. The Giants then travelled to St. Louis for three games, where Pence collected another three hits.
John Lackey of the Boston Red Sox pitched in only one game in the past week against the Philadelphia Phillies. In six innings, Lackey recorded five strikeouts and gave up three runs in the Red Sox’s loss. Lackey has a 2.96 ERA this season.
Dillon Gee of the New York Mets took on the crosstown rival Yankees this past weekend. Gee pitched 7.1 innings, allowing only one run and striking out 12.
Ryan Roberts of the Tampa Bay Rays started his week in New York against the Yankees. Roberts finished with only one hit in 10 at-bats, as the Rays split the series. His struggles continued in their next series against the Miami Marlins, going 0-2. The Rays went to Cleveland where Roberts recorded one hit, one run and an RBI in four at-bats against the Indians.