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 @ Yankees: Shields looking to make some Rays history
Posted May 8, 2012 by Roger Mooney
Updated May 8, 2012 at 02:54 PM
NEW YORK Kind of a gloomy afternoon here in the Bronx as Yankee Stadium is prepped for the first meeting between the Rays and the Yankees this season. The forecast is calling for some rain this evening.
Desmond Jennings, who suffered a left knee sprain Sunday, is questionable for tonight. We’ll know more when the lineups are posted and when the locker room is open.
It’s James Shields vs. Ivan Nova in the first game of this three-game set.
Shields (5-0, 3.05) is looking to start a season 6-0 for the second time in his career. He was the first Ray to achieve that feat in 2007. J.P. Howell (2008) and Jeff Niemann (2010) also share that record.
A win tonight for Shields and he ties Scott Kazmir as the only Rays pitchers to win six straight decisions.
Shields has won a personal-best six straight decisions dating back to last season. A win tonight would tie the club mark shared by Wade Davis, Mark Hendrickson and Niemann (twice).
The Rays are 6-7 on the road this season but have won four of their last five,
Lineups and Jennings update soon.