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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Rays @ O’s: Shields trying to stop the slide
Posted May 13, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM
BALTIMORE 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 …