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 many years at Target Field.