Originally written on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 11/15/14
The Tampa Bay Rays' current three-game skid has cost them their grip on an AL wild card, and having to deal with a red-hot Adrian Beltre isn't making things any easier. James Shields hopes to cool off Beltre and help Tampa Bay avoid a fourth consecutive defeat when the Rays face Yu Darvish and the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night in Arlington. The Rays (70-58) have dropped three straight for the first time since a four-game skid June 25-28 after falling 6-5 in Monday's series opener. Their 2 12-game cushion is gone in the wild-card race, where they now trail Oakland and Baltimore by one-half game. "That's OK, we'll get it back," manager Joe Maddon told the Rays' official website. "This thing is going to ebb and flow the rest of the season. There's no question it's going to come down to the nubs. Our goal is still to win the division and not just get in as a wild card." Beltre was the villain from Tampa Bay's perspective Monday, going 3 for 3 with four RBIs and falling a triple...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Five under-the-radar National Player of the Year candidates

Report: NFL to appeal Adrian Peterson ruling

Dez Bryant's mother in 2012: Dez threatened to knock me out

Full offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

Brandon Bostick received death threats after botched play

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Judge rules against Adrian Peterson suspension

Ex-Louisville player charged with rape, sodomy

Hank Aaron 'rooting' for Alex Rodriguez to succeed in return

WATCH: Kevin Garnett welcomed home by Minnesota

Vandy PG has strong words for rival Tennessee

Devin McCourty expects to be back with Patriots

HBO picks up Dwayne Johnson’s pro football series, ‘Ballers’

The key offseason moves for every MLB team

Giancarlo Stanton gets first-ever customized facemask

Ronda Rousey, Arianny Celeste have verbal sparring match

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The many parallels of Derrick Rose and Penny Hardaway

Ex-homeless Baylor RB admits he broke rules

Why the Lions should let Ndamukong Suh walk

Schilling goes after guys on Twitter for hitting on daughter

Brad Stevens comments on Rondo benching

Gronk tweets he does not have a girlfriend despite rumor

Craig Sager will return to TNT job in March

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Five-round NFL Mock Draft

Key offseason moves for every MLB team

Bostick received death threats after botched play

Rousey, Arianny Celeste get into it

Dallas sportscaster back with another powerful essay

The parallels of Rose and Hardaway

Offseason breakdown for all 32 NFL teams

On Josh Hamilton's addiction and feeling alone

Judge rules against AP's suspension

Why the Lions should let Suh walk

Chris Jones charged with rape, sodomy

Bryant involved in 2011 Walmart incident?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.