The Tampa Bay Rays are riding their longest winning streak over the New York Yankees, yet they haven't enjoyed much of an edge in the Bronx - something James Shields has learned firsthand.
Shields will try to match a club record by winning a sixth consecutive start when the Rays go for an eighth straight victory over the Yankees on Tuesday night.
Tampa Bay dropped New York to 0-3 for the first time in 14 years with a season-opening sweep at Tropicana Field, leaving the Rays undefeated in the series since a 4-2 loss at Yankee Stadium on Sept. 21.
The Rays (19-10), losers of two straight following a 12-1 surge, open an eight-game trip against AL East foes. Despite their recent dominance of New York (15-13), they have only two victories in their last eight games in the Bronx.
Shields (5-0, 3.05 ERA) has a chance to match Scott Kazmir's team record set in 2008 with his sixth consecutive winning start, as he's posted a 1.98 ERA in his previous five outings. Shields, though, has lost ...