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James Shields allowed one run in 6 1-3 innings Sunday to win for the first time in his past five starts, and the Tampa Bay Rays completed a three-game sweep by beating the Miami Marlins 4-2 Sunday.
The Rays outscored their intrastate rivals 22-7 and have won seven in a row against the Marlins. Miami fell to 0-6 on its homestand and has been outscored 43-10.
Matt Joyce hit his 11th homer and Elliot Johnson hit his third to help the Rays (35-25) improve the best record in the American League. Shields (7-4), who had lost his past three decisions, allowed four hits and struck out five.
Three relievers completed a seven-hitter. Fernando Rodney earned his 18th save in 19 chances with a scoreless ninth and lowered his ERA to 0.94.
Anibal Sanchez (3-5), plagued again by lousy run support, pitched six innings and allowed four runs, including both homers. He has made 12 starts this season, and the Marlins have scored 18 runs with him in the game.
Sanchez lost for the fifth time in his pa...
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Miami Marlins right-hander Carlos Zambrano says his stiff lower back feels much better, less than 24 hours after he had to leave a game in the third inning.
Zambrano, who has had back trouble before, said he began the game Saturday in discomfort and then aggravated the problem. He departed after allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings against Tampa Bay and took the loss, which left...
The Rays selected University of Louisiana-Lafayette left-handed pitcher Jordan Harrison in the 25th round last week. Inside, the southpaw, who had previously been drafted by the Mets in the 30th round in 2009, discusses how being drafted a second time was different from the first, his pitching arsenal and approach to attacking hitters, why he chose to transfer to Louisiana-Lafayette and much more.
The Marlins' new ballpark, for better or for worse, gets people talking. People always seem to have an opinion about Fenway Park, too, although the two stadiums won't often be compared in the same sentence. Nevertheless, NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers if there was anything about Marlins Park that fans wouldn't mind seeing back in Boston. Check...
The Miami Marlins lost their fifth straight game on Saturday as their interstate rivals won 13-4. The Tampa Bay Rays now lead the 2012 Citrus two games to none with four to play. The skid which has landed Miami in fourth place in the division is reminiscent of the team’s historically bad June in 2011. On the month, the Marlins are now 2-6 following a May that saw them...
MIAMI (AP) -- Ben Zobrist homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 13-4 victory over the Miami Marlins on Saturday night.
Jose Molina and Elliot Johnson had three RBIs each for the Rays, who have won three straight.
Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore (3-5) struck out nine and allowed four runs in six innings.
Zobrist homered in the third and fifth innings...
MIAMI (AP) -- Carlos Zambrano, one of baseball's best-hitting pitchers, is now under orders to cool it in batting practice.
Zambrano complained of a stiff back in his most recent start Saturday, and manager Ozzie Guillen said lusty swings can't help.
Zambrano is a career .239 hitter with 24 home runs, including one this season. He's expected to make his next scheduled...
Right-hander Carlos Zambrano insists he will be ready for his next start Friday in Tampa -- even though he was taken out of his start Saturday night with one out in the third inning because of lower back stiffness. Zambrano, who allowed seven runs in a 13-4 loss to the Rays, said he came to the park Saturday in discomfort but decided to pitch anyway. "I learned something...
The Miami Marlins put an end to their six game losing streak with a 4-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Playing with the roof open at Marlins Park for the first time since April, Miami was able to move into a third place tie with the idle New York Mets. The Marlins are now 3-7 in June.
Josh Johnson continued his run of terrific starts with a seven inning effort...
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What's Josh Johnson's problem? When the Marlins ace was asked about Josh Beckett, he expressed admiration for his former teammate, admitting he was a legend... almost. Almost? What else does Beckett have to do, Josh? NESN Nation's Dan Duquette has more in the video above. Join NESN Nation: In-game home page | Twitter | Facebook
MIAMI (AP) -- Desperate for a turnaround, the Miami Marlins opened their retractable roof for the first time in nearly two months Monday night, took to the outdoor setting and snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Josh Beckett and the Boston Red Sox.
Josh Johnson outpitched his former teammate, and rookie Donovan Solano drove in two runs as the Marlins improved to...
The Miami Marlins' retractable roof is open for their game against the Boston Red Sox, a surprising development with South Florida's steamy rainy season under way.
A high-pressure system brought unusually dry weather to the area, and half an hour before Monday's night game started, workers at the Marlins' new ballpark opened the roof, treating fans to clear skies...
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If I were to tell you that a ballpark experienced a dugout phone malfunction over the weekend and you had to guess which venue it was, you might say Fenway Park or Wrigley Field. One of your last guesses would probably be Marlins Park, since it happens to be the newest ballpark in the country. Nevertheless, that’s exactly what happened to...
MIAMI -- Josh Johnson allowed one run in seven innings as the Miami Marlins snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-1 over the Boston Red Sox on Monday. Rookie Donovan Solano drove in two runs and Gaby Sanchez knocked in one for the Marlins. Former Marlin Josh Beckett fell to 4-7, allowing four runs in seven innings in his first start against his former club. Beckett went 41...
After missing out on two earlier chances to face his former team, Boston Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett will finally get his first matchup with the Miami Marlins.
The 2003 World Series MVP will try to help stop Boston's three-game skid while sending the Marlins to a season-high seventh consecutive defeat Monday night.
Beckett's turn in the rotation came one game after...