ST. PETERSBURG -- After Sunday's game, the Rays will embark on an eight-game road trip against American League East Division foes, including three contests against the Yankees, three against the Orioles and two against the Blue Jays.
The Rays are looking forward to getting some action against division rivals after playing a majority of their games against the Central and West divisions.
"It will be nice to get back into some familiar territory, but it doesn't really matter who we face," said James Shields, who will start Tuesday's contest in New York. "Our main goal is to win each series, no matter who we're playing."
Shields is mindful of the new Yankee Stadium, which has ranked in the top five for the amount of home runs hit since its opening in 2009.
"You definitely have to be careful of the right-field wall, but for the most part, you have to concentrate on their hitters, who are dangerous no matter where you're playing them," said Shields, who has allowed five home runs in 34 innings at the new ballpark.