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Rays @ O’s: Shields trying to stop the slide

Posted May 13, 2012 by Roger Mooney

Updated May 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM

The Rays will try to stop the slide this afternoon when James Shields takes the mound against the first place Orioles at Camden Yards.

“We need to get some wins here,” Shields said Saturday before the Rays tied a team record with five errors in a 5-3 loss to the O’s.

The Rays have dropped three straight, four of five and six out of their last seven.

They are playing a sloppy brand of ball reminiscent of the old Devil Rays.

“Everyone needs to step their game up,” Shields said. “I don’t think we’re playing flawless baseball right now. Teams are going to go through that. All the good ones get out of it quick.”

Shields, 5-1, will try to be the stopper.

Carlos Peña returns to the lineup today after taking most of Saturday off to regroup after getting only three hits in 35 at-bats this month.

“I have faith in my ball club,” Peña said Saturday. “We’ll get it back together. We’ll get on the train and keep going in the right direction once again.”

Desmond Jennings is not in the lineup, making this the sixth straight game he hasn’t started because of a mild left knee strain suffered May 6.

Sean Rodriguez, he of the 10-game hitting streak, is also not in the lineup.

Here is the Rays lineup …

Zobrist RF
Upton CF
Joyce LF
Scott DH
Peña 1B
Keppinger 3B
Rhymes 2B
Gimenez C
Johnson SS

Shields P

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