Rays Win 2 Out Of 3 Vs. Yankees
James Shields has said both he and fellow starting pitcher Matt Garza must step up during the Rays’ playoff push.
Sunday afternoon, Shields delivered.
Though he couldn’t top Garza’s no-hitter of a week ago, he picked the perfect time for one of the best performances of his career, living up to his “Big Game James” nickname.
With the Rays facing the first-place Yankees and ace CC Sabathia while minus two key regulars, Shields shut down the majors’ top-scoring team in a 3-0 win in front of another Tropicana Field sellout crowd of 36,973.
“That was the best I’ve ever seen Shields,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “Ever.”
Shields threw 71/3 innings, striking out 11 (including six straight) to help the Rays take two out of three from the Yankees in a series that had a playoff atmosphere. In doing so, the Rays (65-39) cut New York’s lead in the American League East to one game. ( TAMPABAY.COM)