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...
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