After a rough beginning to the season, it appears James Shields has turned things around.
The Tampa Bay starter tries for his third straight win Saturday night when the Rays continue their home series with the Minnesota Twins.
Coming off a 2011 in which he set career bests with 16 wins and a 2.82 ERA, Shields (2-0, 3.38 ERA) opened 2012 by allowing six runs in five innings of a 7-6 loss to the New York Yankees on April 6.
Since then, he gave up two runs in eight innings of a 4-2 victory at Detroit on April 11 and yielded just four singles in 8 1-3 innings of Monday's 1-0 win at Boston.
"Shields didn't give us much to hit," Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia told the Rays' official website. "He was on the corners, throwing all his pitches for strikes."
Shields is 3-2 with a 4.69 ERA in nine starts against the Twins, including 2-0 with a 3.90 ERA in four at Tropicana Field.
He hopes to help the Rays (7-7) rebound after they fell 5-4 to Minnesota in Friday's series opener.