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Rays @ Rangers: Shields goes for win No. 13

Posted Aug 31, 2011 by Roger Mooney

Updated Aug 31, 2011 at 06:04 PM

The right field stands reached Tuesday night by Josh Hamilton, whose sixth inning home run landed in the second deck.

Another hot one here in Texas, as the temperature exceeded 100 degrees again.

James Shields goes for win No. 13, which would tie his career-high set last season. He said he’s been drinking fluids for days in preparation of tonight’s start.

Shields leads the major leagues with 10 complete games. He leads the American League with four shutouts. He’s fourth in the AL in innings pitched (201) and strikeouts (192) and is sixth in the AL in ERA (2.96).

The Rays, losers of two straight, begin the day 8 ½ games back of the Yankees in the Wild Card standings. The Yankees face the Red Sox in Boston and are only a half-game back of the Red Sox for the division lead.

No surprise with the Rays lineup. Here it is:

Jennings LF
Damon DH
Longoria 3B
Zobrist 2B
Kotchman 1B
Upton CF
Joyce RF
Jaso C
Rodriguez SS

Shields (12-10, 2.96)

Kinsler 2B
Andrus SS
Hamilton LF
Young 3B
Napoli C
Murphy RF
Torrealba DH
Moreland 1B
Chavez CF

Ogando (12-6, 3.57)


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