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Shields looking to even series

Shields looking to even series

James Shields hopes to get back on track at Tropicana Field on Saturday night, when the Devil Rays play the second game of their three-game series against the Red Sox.

Shields experienced the worst outing of his career Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium when he allowed 10 runs on 10 hits over 3 1/3 innings against the Yankees to take his sixth loss. The right-hander has been the Rays' best pitcher all season, effectively using a fastball, changeup, curve and cutter to retire hitters. The changeup remains his best pitch. He is 0-1 with a 6.10 ERA in two starts against the Red Sox.

Jon Lester will start for the Red Sox after making a successful comeback to the Major Leagues on Monday in Cleveland, giving up five hits and two runs over six innings while fanning six. Lester made 17 starts in the Minor Leagues this season, going 4-5 with a 3.61 ERA. This is Lester's first career start against the Rays.

After finishing with the Red Sox, the Rays will host the Blue Jays for three games, followed by a three-game series against the Orioles.

Pitching matchup
TB: RHP James Shields (8-6, 4.44 ERA)
Shields is 4-2 with a 3.84 ERA at home this season.

BOS: LHP Jon Lester (1-0, 3.00 ERA)
Opponents are hitting .238 against Lester.

Player to watch
Brendan Harris is hitting .330 with two home runs vs. left-handers this season.

Tickets
 Buy tickets now to catch the game in person.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• ION

On radio
• WHNZ 1250, WGES 680 (Español)

Up next
• Sunday: Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 7-7, 4.02) vs. Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 12-7, 3.79), 1:40 p.m. ET
• Monday: Devil Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 1-6, 5.57) vs. Blue Jays (TBD), 7:10 p.m. ET
• Tuesday: Devil Rays (Edwin Jackson, 2-10, 7.00) vs. Blue Jays (Jesse Litsch, 3-4, 4.01), 7:10 p.m. ET

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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