Of the three, Crawford's might have been the most amazing. The Rays' left fielder lifted off in the third inning to dive fully extended to rob Mike Napoli of what would have been an extra-base hit.
"The thing about that [is that] it wasn't a pop fly," Shields said. "It was a line drive, and the ground he covered so quickly -- it was amazing."
No team in baseball can boast of having two outfielders possessing the skills of Crawford and Upton.
"[Those are] two of the fastest guys in the big leagues," Shields said. "They're both young, and they're still learning the game. C.C.'s been helping out B.J. a lot. It's a pretty good combo out there."
Rays hitting coach Steve Henderson said outfield defense like the Rays have is frustrating to opposing hitters.
"Because you're talking about [how] you can't hit it in the gap, you can't hit it over their heads," Henderson said. "As a hitter, you get [upset]."
Added Troy Percival, "Balls that would typically fall don't."
While the outfielders have made the acrobatic look routine, the veteran closer offered a reminder that the Rays' infield, which leads the Major Leagues with just eight errors this season, should not be forgotten.
"Not many teams have the infield we have," Percival said. "Carlos [Pena] is fantastic; [Akinori Iwamura] is right there with [guys like Placido] Polanco and [Adam] Kennedy that I played with. [Jason] Bartlett, defensively, is probably the best shortstop I've ever played with.
"I loved having Eck [David Eckstein], but everybody knows Eck's range is limited. ... As far as getting the whole package of routine plays, great plays [and] double plays, [Bartlett is] as good as I've ever played with. Then you've got Longoria over there at third base, he's a future Gold Glove, and [Dioner Navarro] has come on so good behind the plate. ... He's taking a lot of pride in his catching.
"Defensively, all around the board, this is the best team I've ever had."