Found August 12, 2012 on Fox Sports North:
James Shields might not be having the stellar season his Tampa Bay teammate David Price is enjoying, but the right-hander has pitched like an All-Star of late. After Price became the majors' third 15-game winner, Shields goes for a third consecutive winning start Sunday when the visiting Rays try to match a season high with a sixth straight victory and complete a sweep of the Minnesota Twins. Price allowed two runs in seven innings in Tampa Bay's 4-2 victory at Minnesota on Saturday. B.J Upton homered twice and Matt Joyce added a solo shot for the Rays (61-52), who have won 12 of 17. In postseason contention once again, Tampa Bay is 78-43 in August since 2008. "When you win five in a row, then you show up and you feel like you're going to win, that's obviously a good thing and that does turn into winning more often," manager Joe Maddon said. Winners of four in a row against the Twins, the Rays have a chance to sweep their second three-game set in as ma...
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