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The Rays, James Shields stay hot, tame the Tribe

May 12, 2011, 4:10 PM EDT

Johnny Damon, Ben Zobrist AP

Tampa Bay beat the Indians 7-4 today behind James Shields‘ two run, seven strikeout performance. He’s now 4-1 on the season and allowed a total of five runs in his last four starts. On the offensive side, every Rays’ starter got a hit except for Kelly Shoppach. Evan Longoria‘s two-run double in the ninth put any hopes of an Indians’ comeback on ice.

While the talk coming into this series was about how hot the Indians have been at home, the Rays have been baseball’s road team. They have now won 10 of 11 on the road, and are 13-5 overall.

That disastrous start of theirs is way back in the rear view mirror now.  The Rays are in first place, a half-game up on the Yankees.

  1. Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 12, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    Where is this team’s payroll now compared to the rest of the league? They must be one of the smallest at this point after the off season, yet they still kick ass and take names. Living in Chicago, I wonder how Jim Hendry feels about all of this.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - May 12, 2011 at 4:42 PM

      I looked it up! Yay for me! The Rays are second lowest in payroll just ahead of the Royals….amazing.
      http://baseball.about.com/od/newsrumors/a/2011-Baseball-Team-Payrolls.htm

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