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February 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said three weeks ago that if he were to handicap it, he envisioned Cole Hamels starting for the Phillies on opening day. The chances of that materializing increased Monday, when the Phillies lost one possible trade partner for their prized lefthander. Before they began the final week without baseball until November by agreeing to a deal with righthander James Shields, the San Diego Padres were one of the most speculated potential suitors for Hamels.
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June 22, 2012
At Citizens Bank Park.   Friday at 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay RHP James Shields (7-4, 3.72 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48)   Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay RHP Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29)   Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Tampa Bay LHP David Price (9-4, 3.08) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25)
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October 31, 2008 | By Jim Salisbury, Inquirer Staff Writer
If the Phillies were a station wagon - red, of course - they would be in the shop having a new clutch installed. They went 1 for 15 with runners in scoring position in a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays in Game 2 of the World Series. They went 0 for 13 in Game 1 and managed a 3-2 win behind Cole Hamels. That's 1 for 28 (.036) if you're scoring at home, or screaming, "For the love of Richie Ashburn, do something on the base paths," at your television set. The Phils had the lead runner on base in the second, third, fourth, fifth, seventh and ninth innings.
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October 24, 2008 | By Frank Fitzpatrick INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
It would have been so much easier for Brett Myers if the Rays had taken that first-inning lead on a home run. One bad pitch, the ball clears the wall, the runners round the bases, and it's over. Instead, the Rays used a small-ball version of drip torture to scratch out the runs that provided them a lead they would never relinquish. A walk. A single. An error. A ground ball to short. Another ground ball to short. For Myers, it must have been like being tied to a chair and made to watch Masterpiece Theatre.
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September 6, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JAMES SHIELDS is racking up complete games for the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields tossed a four-hitter for his major league-best 11th complete game yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla. and the Rays beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, 5-1. "Whether they're stressful innings or not, I condition myself enough to go that deep into games," Shields said. Shields (14-10) struck out six and walked two. The only run came on Michael Young's grounder with one out in the ninth. He became the first AL pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1993 to have at least 200 strikeouts and 10 complete games in the same season.
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March 30, 2015
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who has been supplanted by 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as Washington's opening-day starter, is now looking at starting Game 3. That would be April 9, in a likely showdown with Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's opening-day starter in favor of Bartolo Colon. Scherzer will be followed in the Nats rotation by Jordan Zimmerman, Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister. More Game 1 starters Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.
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October 16, 2008 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
One win away from a berth in the World Series, Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon isn't playing it safe. Maddon said during a news conference yesterday that he is switching his rotation for tonight's Game 5 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. With a three-games-to-one lead in the best-of-seven American League Championship Series, Maddon has decided to start lefthander Scott Kazmir in place of righthander James Shields. If the series goes beyond tonight, Shields - the Game 1 starter - will pitch Game 6 Saturday at Tropicana Field.
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July 1, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
James Shields scattered five hits over 6 1/3 innings and B.J. Upton and Gabe Gross homered last night, helping the Tampa Bay Rays beat the visiting Boston Red Sox, 5-4, to open a 1 1/2-game lead in the American League East. The Rays (50-32), surprising owners of the best record in baseball, have won six of seven and shrugged off a six-game losing streak to the Red Sox. It was the first meeting between the teams since their June 5 benches-clearing brawl at Fenway Park that led to the suspensions of eight players, including Shields (6-5)
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June 14, 2008 | By Kate Fagan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Bradley saga, continued In yesterday's Low & Outside, we mentioned how, on Wednesday night, Rangers outfielder Milton Bradley "stormed" up four flights of Kauffman Stadium stairs looking for Royals television announcer Ryan Lefebvre. Lefebvre had made less-than-favorable on-air comments about Bradley. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels intercepted Bradley and ushered him back to the clubhouse, where the league's leading hitter "collapsed sobbing. " Daniels said no action would be taken against Bradley, although he admitted "it's a situation you want to avoid.
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August 20, 2008 | Daily News Wire Services
Willy Aybar broke an eighth-inning tie with a two-run double, and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 4-2, last night for their ninth victory in 11 games. The AL East-leading Rays overcame a strong pitching performance by Angels starter Ervin Santana, who took a no-hit bid into the sixth and left with a 2-1 lead after allowing one run and four hits in seven innings. James Shields (11-7) allowed two runs and nine hits in eight innings, and Dan Wheeler pitched a perfect ninth for his seventh save in eight chances as Tampa Bay improved to 6-2 against the Angels, including 5-0 at home.
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March 30, 2015
Nationals ace Stephen Strasburg, who has been supplanted by 2013 AL Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer as Washington's opening-day starter, is now looking at starting Game 3. That would be April 9, in a likely showdown with Mets ace Matt Harvey, who was bypassed as his team's opening-day starter in favor of Bartolo Colon. Scherzer will be followed in the Nats rotation by Jordan Zimmerman, Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, and Doug Fister. More Game 1 starters Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on opening day, manager Bud Black announced Saturday.
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February 11, 2015 | By Jake Kaplan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said three weeks ago that if he were to handicap it, he envisioned Cole Hamels starting for the Phillies on opening day. The chances of that materializing increased Monday, when the Phillies lost one possible trade partner for their prized lefthander. Before they began the final week without baseball until November by agreeing to a deal with righthander James Shields, the San Diego Padres were one of the most speculated potential suitors for Hamels.
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July 24, 2014 | By David Murphy, Daily News Staff Writer
LET'S TAKE A BREAK from the pre-trade-deadline frenzy and consider the very real possibility that the sun rises on Aug. 1 with the vast majority of the Phillies' clubhouse intact. A.J. Burnett is gone, having been traded to the Orioles or the Pirates for a midlevel pitching prospect. Kyle Kendrick is missing, too, given away to a team in need of rotation depth for $1 million or so in savings on the remainder of his 2014 salary. Otherwise, the Phillies are the Phillies. Jonathan Papelbon is suiting up at his locker across the room from Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels.
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October 3, 2012 | Daily News Wire Reports
THE BALTIMORE Orioles did their part to make sure the final day of the regular season is a nail-biter. Chris Davis homered for the sixth straight game and the visiting Orioles overcame a club-record 15 strikeouts by Tampa Bay pitcher James Shields to beat the Rays, 1-0, Tuesday night, pushing the AL East race to the final day of the season. "We're not supposed to be here. So just go out and have fun and see what happens," closer Jim Johnson said after the Orioles improved to 29-9 in one-run games.
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September 4, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JOE SAUNDERS began pondering perfection just one inning into his latest start. Saunders and three relievers combined on a three-hitter and the charging Baltimore Orioles blanked host Toronto, 4-0, Monday, cutting their AL East deficit to one game. "[Saunders] was the difference today," Baltimore manager Buck Showalter said. The Orioles, who took two of three at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, moved even closer to New York. The Yankees lost, 4-3, at Tampa Bay. J.J. Hardy drove in two runs as the Orioles won for the eighth time in 10 games.
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June 22, 2012
At Citizens Bank Park.   Friday at 7:05 p.m. Tampa Bay RHP James Shields (7-4, 3.72 ERA) vs. LHP Cliff Lee (0-3, 3.48)   Saturday at 4:05 p.m. Tampa Bay RHP Alex Cobb (3-3, 3.82) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (2-7, 5.29)   Sunday at 1:35 p.m. Tampa Bay LHP David Price (9-4, 3.08) vs. LHP Cole Hamels (10-3, 3.25)
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October 1, 2011 | Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Matt Moore was the ultimate wild card. Making only his second major-league start, Moore looked like an ace in pitching seven innings of two-hit ball Friday as the improbable Tampa Bay Rays opened the real playoffs with a 9-0 victory over the defending AL champion Texas Rangers. Kelly Shoppach homered twice and drove in five runs, and Johnny Damon also homered as Tampa Bay dominated the whole way behind their 22-year-old rookie pitcher. The Rays played for the first time since their dramatic rally on the final day of the regular season.
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September 27, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
The Tampa Bay Rays moved into a tie with the Boston Red Sox for the wild-card lead, beating the visiting New York Yankees, 5-2, last night behind another strong performance by James Shields. Shields came within one out of his 12th complete game, yielding six hits. Kyle Farnsworth finished for his 24th save, closing it out moments before the Red Sox lost, 6-3, at Baltimore. The Rays and Red Sox have two games left each. "It's been a nice little run. All the stars have been aligned for us and here we are," Shields said.
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September 6, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
JAMES SHIELDS is racking up complete games for the Tampa Bay Rays. Shields tossed a four-hitter for his major league-best 11th complete game yesterday in St. Petersburg, Fla. and the Rays beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, 5-1. "Whether they're stressful innings or not, I condition myself enough to go that deep into games," Shields said. Shields (14-10) struck out six and walked two. The only run came on Michael Young's grounder with one out in the ninth. He became the first AL pitcher since Randy Johnson in 1993 to have at least 200 strikeouts and 10 complete games in the same season.
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June 4, 2011
Bad news Rays It was supposed to be a matchup of strikeout artists when Tampa Bay, featuring James Shields , and Seattle, with Felix Hernandez , faced off on Thursday night. It didn't quite work out that way. The Mariners had four homers - two by rookie Carlos Peguero , who had struck out 22 times in his previous 59 at-bats - and put together a five-run second inning to tag Shields for a seven earned runs in an 8-2 loss. "That one I did not see coming," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
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