Rays Vs. Red Sox: James Shields Shelled In 7-3 Loss

The Rays starter squandered an early lead and allowed six runs on 11 hits in five innings.

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Red Sox Vs. Rays: James Shields Shelled In 7-3 Loss

The Boston Red Sox were able to pummel Tampa Bay Rays starter James Shields, pulling out a 7-3 win at Tropicana Field Sunday.

There were fireworks early, with the Boston Red Sox scoring a run in the top of the first, followed by three runs by the Rays in the bottom half. After scoring a pair in the top of the second, the Red Sox would then take over, led by the arm of Josh Beckett.

After that rough first, Beckett settled in. His final line for the afternoon was allowing three runs on eight hits in six innings while striking out six.

For the Rays, Shields was pummeled all afternoon, giving up six runs on 11 hits in five innings. Offensive highlights for the Red Sox included home runs from both Daniel Nava and Mike Aviles.

The Rays would load the bases in the bottom of the ninth, but would not be able to take advantage of the opportunity.

Stay with this StoryStream throughout the weekend for more updates on the Rays series against Boston. For more on the Rays as they start the second half of the season, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox, visit Over The Monster. And for all your baseball news coming out of the All-Star break, visit Baseball Nation.

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Rays Vs. Red Sox: Lineups For Sunday's Game

The Tampa Bay Rays wrap up their three-game series with the Boston Red Sox on Sunday, after the Rays took a 5-3 decision on Saturday. On Sunday, Josh Beckett will look to continue his domination of the Rays, while James Shields takes to the mound for Tampa Bay. Here are the lineups for today's game.

Boston Red Sox

Jacoby Ellsbury CF
Daniel Nava LF
David Ortiz DH
Adrian Gonzalez 1B
Cody Ross RF
Jarrod Saltalamacchia C
Will Middlebrooks 3B
Mike Aviles SS
Pedro Ciriaco 2B
Josh Beckett P

Tampa Bay Rays

Will Rhymes 2B
Carlos Pena 1B
Ben Zobrist RF
B.J. Upton CF
Hideki Matsui DH
Jeff Keppinger 3B
Desmond Jennings RF
Jose Lobaton C
Elliot Johnson SS
James Shields P

Stay with this StoryStream throughout the weekend for more updates on the Rays series against Boston. For more on the Rays as they start the second half of the season, visitDRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox, visit Over The Monster. And for all your baseball news coming out of the All-Star break, visit Baseball Nation.

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Rays Vs. Red Sox: TV Schedule, Start Time, Other Game Info

After they evened up their series against the Boston Red Sox with a 5-3 win on Saturday behind a quality start by David Price, the Tampa Bay Devil Rays will look to start their 10-game homestand with a series win on Sunday.

The game starts at 1:40 pm EST and will be broadcasted on WDAE 620 and WAMA 1550 radio and Sun Sports TV.

The Rays will hand the ball to James Shields to try to close out the Red Sox. Shields had an up-and-down first half of the season and sports an 8-5 record and a 4.17 ERA this season. He also leads all of baseball with 135 hits against him.

"I feel really good in my delivery over the last three starts," said Shields to MLB.com. "Obviously, that shows I haven't walked that many guys, but the hits need to go down and we need to win some ballgames."

Shields will face Josh Beckett, who has dominated the Devil Rays since 2007, allowing only three earned runs in 15 innings. Beckett is 4-7 with a 4.43 ERA this season.

Stay with this StoryStream throughout the weekend for more updates on the Rays series against Boston. For more on the Rays as they start the second half of the season, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox, visit Over The Monster. And for all your baseball news coming out of the All-Star break, visit Baseball Nation.

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Rays Vs. Red Sox: Tampa Bay Preserves Win, 5-3

After stumbling in the first game of the weekend set, the Tampa Bay Rays bounced back on Saturday night for a 5-3 win over the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. Credit David Price, who was on the mound for Tampa Bay, lasting seven and one-third innings, surrendering just two earned runs and striking out eight.

Offensively, the Rays added three runs over the seventh and eighth innings, including a homer from B.J. Upton to give Price the win, as well. Closer Fernando Rodney would come on for the ninth, to notch the save, his 26th of the season.

The series finale is scheduled for Sunday at 1:40 p.m. EST.

Stay with this StoryStream throughout the weekend for more updates on the Rays series against Boston. For more on the Rays as they start the second half of the season, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox, visit Over The Monster. And for all your baseball news coming out of the All-Star break, visit Baseball Nation.

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Red Sox Vs. Rays Recap: Tampa Falls 3-1 To Start 2nd Half

The Tampa Bay Rays opened the second half of the season with a 3-1 loss to the division rival Boston Red Sox. Jeremy Hellickson was a little amped up at the start of the game as the Red Sox forced him to throw plenty of pitches. Hellickson still battled through four walks and allowed just five hits and three runs in six innings. David Ortiz opened the game with a solo shot in the top of the first to spot Boston a one-run lead. The Red Sox quickly turned around a mounted a threat in the top of the second, and the last man in the order, Pedro Ciriaco singled home two making it 3-0.

That's all the Sox would get and that's all they would need. Hellickson settled in but Franklin Morales and the Boston bullpen were up to the task and held the Rays to one measly run. A Sean Rodriguez double to left scored Ben Zobrist in the bottom of the sixth to cut the lead to two, but the Sox pen would pitch three-plus shutout innings to seal it.

All-Star David Price will take the hill in the second game of the series on Saturday.

Stay with this StoryStream throughout the weekend for more updates on the Rays series against Boston. For more on the Rays as they start the second half of the season, visit DRaysBay. For more on the Red Sox, visit Over The Monster. And for all your baseball news coming out of the All-Star break, visit Baseball Nation.

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Rays Vs. Red Sox: TV Schedule, Start Time, Other Game Info

The Tampa Bay Rays open up the second half of the 2012 MLB season with a home date Friday night against one of the teams chasing them in the AL East standings, the Boston Red Sox. TV game coverage begins at 7 p.m. on Sun Sports. Fans can also follow all the action on radio on WDAE-AM 620 and WGES-AM 680.

The Rays are scheduled to start right-hander Jeremy Hellickson on the mound. He will be opposed by left-handed starter Franklin Morales of the Red Sox. Hellickson is4-5 on the year with a 3.41 ERA. Morales comes into Friday's game with a 1-2 mark and a 3.50 ERA.

The Rays and Red Sox have met nine times already this season, with Boston winning five of seven at Fenway Park and the Rays splitting a two-game series at Tampa Bay in mid-May.

Tampa Bay begins the second half of the season with a 45-41 record, seven and a half games back of the front-running New York Yankees, but only a half-game behind surprising Baltimore. The Red Sox were an even 43-43 through the first half.

Follow the Rays all season long, including game previews and team insights, at SB Nation Tampa Bay.

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Rays Vs. Red Sox Preview: Jeremy Hellickson Starts 2nd Half For Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Rays begin the second half of the season against the rival Red Sox. Jeremy Hellickson will take the hill on Friday night as they try to get off on the right foot.

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