Roger Mooney covers the Tampa Bay Rays for The Tampa Tribune, TBO.com and News Channel 8. He has covered the Rays since their first season in 1998, including 11 years for the Bradenton Herald. Roger has also covered Florida, South Florida and Florida State football, the Bucs and the Lightning.
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Posted Jun 23, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated Jun 23, 2012 at 12:44 PM
PHILADELPHIA It’s sunny and somewhat cooler at Citizens Bank Park today as the Rays and Phillies prepare for a 4:05 start.
James Shields, who was scheduled to start Friday’s game that was postponed to Sunday night, will start today.
It appears under the new collective bargaining agreement that the Rays and Phillies are allowed to each add a player for Sunday’s day/night doubleheader. No word as of 12:30 from the Rays if they will do that.
Shields was warming up in the bullpen Friday night when the first of two thunderstorms blew through the area. He said he stopped throwing when the first drops of rain fell, turned to pitching coach Jim Hickey sand said, “This ain’t going to happen.”
It didn’t, of course. But Shields said throwing Friday night would not impact him negatively this afternoon.
“I throw 45 pitches every day in my throwing program,” Shields said Friday night. “I’m good to go.”
Lineups to come ...