The Tampa Bay Rays' James Shields dominated opponents during interleague play last season.
The same can't be said for Tommy Hanson, who hasn't experienced much recent success against AL clubs.
With a chance to become the majors' first seven-game winner, Shields takes the hill opposite Hanson on Friday night when the Rays open a three-game set with the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves.
Shields, who enjoyed a career year in 2011 by going 16-12 with a 2.82 ERA, posted especially impressive numbers over four starts against the NL. The All-Star right-hander opened interleague play with three complete game victories before dropping to 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA following somewhat of a rocky display during a 4-3 loss to Cincinnati on June 29. When all was said and done, Shields struck out 42 and walked just four over 34 innings while opponents hit just .145 against him.
In his only career appearance against Atlanta (24-15), Shields gave up three runs over six frames during a 3-1 road loss June ...