TB@OAK: Young flies out in his return to the Rays

OAKLAND -- Delmon Young, who last played for Tampa Bay on Sept. 30, 2007, walked into the Rays' clubhouse Sunday morning, and it was as though he never left.

"All the players here, we were in Minor League camp together," Young said. "As the years went on, we stayed in contact in passing."

The Rays made Young the first overall pick of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft, and he reached the Majors with them in 2006.

In 2007, when he appeared in all 162 games, he finished second in Rookie of the Year voting before being dealt to the Twins during the offseason.

"The day I got shipped out I began looking for ways to get back," Young said. "It's been a humbling experience, and it's great to be here."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said Young would get plenty of opportunities as a designated hitter or pinch-hitter to make an impact this month, just over two weeks since the Phillies released him.

Young, who started the season on the disabled list after ankle surgery, thinks he's healthier and has his swing back since being released. He went to Arizona to work with a hitting coach on getting his bat head out faster.

After playing a week in Double-A Montgomery, Young returned to where it all began.

"It's always good to be in a race in September," Young said. "My focus has always been on the guys in the American League. I had never even heard of half the guys in the National League."

Young was named last year's AL Championship Series MVP with the Tigers, but that did not translate into a good first season with the Phillies.

"You always think your career will go one way," Young said. "You don't predict that an injury will slow you down."

Moore to rejoin rotation Tuesday in Anaheim

TB@BOS: Moore holds Sox to two hits in first shutout

OAKLAND -- There's still some mystery left in Joe Maddon's pitching rotation.

Left-hander Matt Moore, who has been recovering from elbow soreness on the disabled list, was named the starter for Tuesday's game in Anaheim, followed by a TBA for Wednesday, with David Price and Alex Cobb to follow, each getting an extra day or two of rest.

"I'm trying to keep all my vague-eries together," Maddon said.

Wednesday's starter, the Rays manager said, will come "from a pool of guys," which includes right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who has made 27 starts for Tampa Bay this season but was sent to the Minors following a difficult outing last Monday.

"It's about today's game," Maddon said.

Extra bases

• Manager Joe Maddon called Sunday's series finale "a little reverse meatloaf" in trying to leave town with one win in three games.

Left-hander Alex Torres relieved Jamey Wright in the second inning. Wright left after throwing 36 pitches, giving up a leadoff home run. "It's almost working the game in reverse," Maddon said. "Sending two guys out there and then using someone who could finish the game."

• Closer Fernando Rodney went one better as part of the themed wardrobe on the Rays' current road trip. Not only did he wear a Florida football jersey, but he added a genuine Florida helmet to his attire.