June 5, 2012; Bronx, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields (33) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-US PRESSWIRE

Rays Vs. Marlins: Rays Complete Sweep With 4-2 Victory

The Tampa Bay Rays completed a sweep of the Florida Marlins with a 4-2 victory Sunday afternoon.

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Rays Vs. Marlins Recap: Tampa Bay Completes Sweep With 4-2 Win

James Shields turned in 6.1 strong innings to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 4-2 victory over the Miami Marlins Sunday afternoon, completing a three-game sweep.

Shields allowed just one earned run on four hits and three walks while striking out five. The Rays took control of the game early, when B.J. Upton's RBI double in the top of the first gave Tampa a quick 1-0 lead. The Rays added on with two home runs in the fourth, a solo home run by Matt Joyce and a two-run homer by Elliot Johnson put the Rays up 4-0.

The Marlins put their best effort of a rally together when Gabby Sanchez marked his return to the team with an RBI double that ended the shutout in the seventh, and then a Logan Morrison RBI single in the eighth made it 4-2. It would not be enough, as the Rays bullpen shut the door.

Marlins starter Anibal Sanchez went six innings, allowing four runs on seven hits and walking three while striking out two.

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Rays Vs. Marlins: Miami Recalls Gaby Sanchez For Sunday's Game

Miami has had trouble of late with their in-state rival Tampa Bay, but on Sunday the Marlins will have a new bat in the lineup as they try to stave off a sweep at the hands of the Rays. Miami has recalled first baseman Gaby Sanchez from Class AAA New Orleans for Sunday afternoon's contest. Via the team's official twitter feed:

Sanchez was demoted by Miami in mid-May after struggling to start the season, batting just .197 in 131 plate appearances. The first baseman was hitting .310 in 79 plates appearances in New Orleans.

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Rays Vs. Marlins: Miami Looks To Salvage A Win Against Tampa Bay

The battle of Sunshine State foes has been decidedly one-sided of late, with the Tampa Bay Rays (34-25) once again defeating the Miami Marlins (31-28) on Saturday, 13-4. The Rays have now won six straight games over the Marlins, and on Sunday have a chance at an interleague series sweep.

In winning the last six contests between the two teams, Tampa Bay has outscored Miami 36-11. The Marlins have dropped the first five games of their nine-game homestand, and send Anibal Sanchez (3-4, 3.19 ERA) to the mound Sunday hoping to prevent the sweep. The righty is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA in two career starts against the Rays.

Big Game James Shields (6-4, 4.27 ERA) will take the hill for Joe Maddon's club. James has struggled in his last two outings, giving up five earned runs in each, but historically has dominated the Marlins' bats.

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Marlins Vs. Rays: Tampa Bay Too Much For Miami In 13-4 Win

The Miami Marlins (31-28) trailed early. In fact, they trailed by seven runs after the first three innings. Faced with a near-insurmountable deficit, they never recovered and fell at home to the Tampa Bay Rays (34-25) in Interleague play on Saturday night.

Matt Moore took the hill for the Rays and got off to a quick start, tossing five scoreless innings, before eventually giving up four earned runs in the sixth. Moore earned the win, while the offense tallied 14 hits and 13 runs -- capped off by two home runs and four RBIs from second baseman Ben Zobrist. Jose Molina and Elliot Johnson also drove in three runs, each.

The series finale is slated for tomorrow at Marlins Park at 1:10 p.m. EST.

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Marlins Vs. Rays Score Update: Tampa Bay Up 7-0 After Three Innings

Through three innings of work, Tampa Bay Rays starter Matt Moore looks rather comfortable. It'd be tough to say likewise about Carlos Zambrano, who took the hill for the Miami Marlins on Saturday night, as the Rays grabbed an early 7-0 lead. Throwing 57 pitches, Zambrano gave up five hits, three walks and seven earned runs through two and one-third innings before being replaced by reliever Chad Gaudin and failing to make it out of the third.

Tampa Bay compiled many of its runs during the top of the second inning -- with five coming. Ben Zobrist then added a two-run home run in the third.

Moore has been steady on the mound, striking up five batters and giving up just one hit and no runs.

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Marlins Vs. Rays: Miami Looking To Bounce Back Against Tampa

The Tampa Rays went into Miami on Friday night and took the first game of their three game "Citrus Series" this weekend. Miami will be looking to rebound in game two tonight at home.

Carlos Zambrano is set to start on the mound for the Marlins. Zambrano is currently 4-3 on the season with an ERA of 2.81. In his last start against the Philadelphia Phillies, he gave up just one run in seven and two thirds innings of work while striking out seven batters and even belted a homerun at the plate, his 24th of his career.

Tampa will counter with Matt Moore who is 2-5 this season with an ERA of 4.45.

Moore earned his second win last Sunday when he went six innings while only allowing two runs on seven hits while striking out four batters and walking three.

First pitch will be at 7:15 EST from Marlins Park.

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Rays Vs. Marlins Recap: Tampa Bay Takes Series Opener, 5-1

The Tampa Bay Rays opened their interleague weekend series on Friday night with a 5-1 win at Marlins Park. Tampa starter Jeremy Hellickson somehow danced around seven walks to allow just one run in 4.1 innings of work. Miami continually failed to capitalize on Hellickson's wildness, with Greg Dobbs bringing home Omar Infante in the third for the Marlins only run.

Five separate Rays knocked in each of their runs in a spate of one-run innings that built the lead. Miami starter Ricky Nolasco gave up three runs while reliever Ryan Webb allowed two and recorded just one out. Batting third, Matt Joyce had a monster night. He drew two walks and scored two runs while also ripping two hits, including a solo homer to right in the fifth inning.

Tampa will try to take the series on Saturday with Matt Moore on the mound. Ozzie Guillen will counter with Carlos Zambrano.

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Rays Vs. Marlins: Lineups For Friday's Game

The Tampa Bay Rays will make their first trip to the brand-new Marlins Park in South Beach for the 2012 Citrus Series. Miami starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco will face off against Jeremy Hellickson of the Rays. Here are the lineups for Friday's series opener.

Tampa Bay Rays

Will Rhymes - 3B
Desmond Jennings - LF
B.J. Upton - CF
Ben Zobrist - 2B
Carlos Pena - 1B
Jose Lobaton - C
Sean Rodriguez - SS
Jeremy Hellickson - P

Miami Marlins

Jose Reyes - SS
Omar Infante - 2B
Hanley Ramirez - 3B
Giancarlo Stanton - RF
Greg Dobbs - 1B
Austin Kearns - LF
Chris Coghlan - CF
John Buck - C
Ricky Nolasco - P

First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. EST

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Rays Vs. Marlins: Tampa Bay Travels To Take On Struggling Miami

Jeremy Hellickson faces off against Ricky Nolasco in the opener of the 2012 Citrus Series.

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