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 @ 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.
ARLIONGTON, Tx 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:
Shields (12-10, 2.96)
Ogando (12-6, 3.57)