July 3, 2012; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields (33) throws a pitch in the second inning against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

Rays Vs. Indians: Tampa Bay Squeaks Out 7-6 Win

A ninth inning rally propelled the Rays to a 7-6 win against the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Tampa Bay Rallies For 7-6 Win

After a sluggish start, the Tampa Bay Rays were able to end their first-half of the season on a positive note with a come-from-behind victory against the Cleveland Indians Sunday afternoon, 7-6.

The Indians scored the first five runs of the game over the first five innings thanks to errors by the Rays defense, and three separate RBI hits by Casey Kotchman.

The Rays would cut the deficit to 5-4 when they scored four unearned runs in the top of the sixth thanks to an error by Asdrubal Cabrera with two-outs. After the Indians made the score 6-4 in the bottom of the eighth on a Shin-Soo Choo homer, the Rays went to work in the top of the ninth.

The Rays were able to make a comeback, thanks to a spark from Will Rhymes who led off the ninth with a home run. After a Carlos Pena RBI triple later in the inning tied the game, the Rays took the lead on a Ben Zobrist RBI single.

Rays starter James Shields managed to go seven innings, but allowed four earned runs on 10 hits. Luke Scott went 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles to pace the offense.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Tampa Bay, Cleveland Lineups For Sunday

The Tampa Bay Rays send James Shields to the mound on Sunday, hoping to break out of a road funk that has seen the team lose eight of their last 11 games away from Tropicana Field. The Cleveland Indians will be looking to win their fifth game in their last six contests heading into the All-Star break.

The full Tampa Bay lineup on Sunday, via Roger Mooney of The Tampa Tribune:

Here is the Cleveland lineup, courtesy of the team's official twitter feed:

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Rays Vs. Indians: James Shields Looks To Stop Tampa Bay's Losing Ways On The Road

The Tampa Bay Rays (44-41), losers of eight of their last 11 games on the road, look to notch a victory on Sunday and head to the All-Star break on a positive note. Their opponent Sunday at Progressive Field, the Cleveland Indians (44-40), will be looking for their fifth win in their past six games.

James Shields (8-5, 4.11 ERA) will take the mound for the Rays. Shields has struggled of late, and will be looking to win consecutive starts for the first time since early May. The right-hander has pitched at least six innings in 14 of his 17 starts this season. Despite a 3.83 career ERA against the Indians, Shields has lost five of six decisions to Cleveland.

The Indians will hand the ball to rookie right-hander Zach McAllister (3-1, 3.93 ERA). In his last three starts, McAllister has walked only one and struck out 14 in 18 innings pitched. Cleveland is 5-1 in games started by the rookie this year.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Tampa Bay Drops Third Game Of Weekend Set 7-3

After splitting the first two games of their four-game weekend series against the Cleveland Indians (44-40), the Tampa Bay Rays fell on Saturday night at Progressive Field, 7-3.

The Rays (44-41) found themselves in a hole early, as starter Matt Moore surrendered three runs in the bottom of the second and two in the third. The left-hander would last just four and two-third innings, giving five earned runs, five hits and five walks compared to three strikeouts.

Though trailing 5-0 after three, Tampa Bay did get some offensive production later on in the contest. Luke Scott launched a two-run homer in the fourth, to bridge the deficit to three, but they would score just one run over the remaining innings.

The series finale is scheduled for tomorrow in Cleveland at 1:05 p.m. EST.

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Rays Vs. Indians: A Look At Saturday's Lineups

The Tampa Bay Rays and Cleveland Indians will kick off the second of their three game weekend series on Saturday evening at Jacobs Field. First pitch will be at 6:05 p.m., EST. The Rays blasted the Indians on Friday by a final score of 10-3 and are looking to gain some ground in the AL East standings.

The lineups for Saturday's game have been announced, so first off, for the Rays:

And now, here's the lineups for the Indians:

Both teams are looking to finish the weekend strong as they head into the All-Star break.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Tampa's Bats Hope To Duplicate Friday Evening's Hit Parade

The Tampa Bay Rays (44-40) broke out of lengthy slump with a 10-3 victory on Friday night, and now look to repeat the feat Saturday against the Cleveland Indians (43-40) at Progressive Field. Before Friday evening's offensive explosion, Tampa Bay was hitting .209 as a team over their last 11 games, averaging just 2.9 runs per game.

Matt Moore (5-5, 4.17) will take the mound for the Rays, making his first career appearance against Cleveland. The rookie left-hander has won his last four decisions, and has a 3.18 ERA in his last seven starts.

For the Indians, Ubaldo Jimenez (7-7, 4.59 ERA) will be on the bump. Jimenez has also been pitching well of late, with a 2.93 ERA in his past six starts.

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Rays Vs. Indians Final Score:Tampa Bay Tattoos Cleveland, 10-3

The Rays beat the Cleveland Indians on Friday night with a 10-3 score. Tampa didn't waste any time getting on the scoreboard, either. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run homer in the first inning to give his team an early 2-0 lead, but the Tribe matched that run production in the bottom half of the inning with scores on a fielder's choice and a balk.

This game was really decided, though, in the fifth inning when the Rays scored six runs to put themselves way ahead of the Indians.

Especially worth noting: DH Luke Scott broke his 0-41 hitless streak with his fifth inning homer to right center that brought in B.J. Upton.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Alex Cobb, Tampa Bay Need Bounce Back Win

The Indians hit three home runs and scored just three runs in Thursday's victory over the Rays. With just one run, the Tampa Bay offense struggled to match Cleveland's efforts as the Rays lost their eighth in their last 11 games.

Now they'll look to bounce back from the defeat with Alex Cobb on the mound. In his last two starts Cobb has allowed a combined 12 earned runs and 21 hits in just over 13 innings. The struggles in the two starts ballooned Cobb's ERA from 3.82 to 4.94.

The Rays can help out Cobb's struggles by providing a little more run support when they face Justin Masterson who has had some struggles of his own. His struggles have seemingly passed, though, as the 27-year old has won three of his last four starts including a seven inning performance in his last outing in which he allowed just one run.

The first pitch from Cobb is scheduled to be thrown at 7:05 p.m. at Progressive Field. The game will be televised on MLB Network, Sun Sports and STO.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Rays Vs. Indians Recap: Josh Tomlin Shuts Down Tampa In 3-1 Cleveland Win

The Tampa Bay Rays dropped the opening game of their four-game series in Cleveland on Thursday night, 3-1. The Indians' soft-tossing starting pitcher, Josh Tomlin, gave up just two hits to the Rays lineup in seven innings of work. Will Rhymes tripled in the top of the fifth and was knocked in on a groundout by Jose Molina. But that's the only damage Joe Maddon's lineup could muster against Tomlin.

Jeremy Hellickson was pretty impressive countering Tomlin, giving up just two solo shots to the Tribe. Hellickson walked four in six innings but gave up just five hits and two runs. Shin-Soo Choo led off the game with a blast to right and Michael Brantley followed that up an inning later with a pulled homer to right center. With the Indians lead at just one, Travis Hafner added some insurance in the bottom of the eighth with a rocket of Jake McGee.

Alex Cobb will try to even the series on Friday night against Justin Masterson.

Read more about the Rays at DRaysBay. For more in-depth coverage on the other side, visit Indians blog Let's Go Tribe. Go to Baseball Nation for additional news and notes around the league.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Luke Scott At First Base For Series Opener

For the first time in 2012, Luke Scott will be playing in the field for the Tampa Bay Rays. He's starting the series opener against the Cleveland Indians at first base after playing every game this season at DH. Carlos Pena, the regular first baseman, is still in the lineup as a DH.

Scott started 10 games at first base for the Baltimore Orioles last season, but has not been a regular everyday first baseman at any point in his career. Scott is in a terrible hitting funk, and how playing the field will get him out of that is anyone's guess, but anything's worth a shot at this point.

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Rays Vs. Indians: Hellickson Looks To Shake Slump On Thursday

The Rays face the Indians in a four-game series before the All-Star break.

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