The Tampa Bay Rays carry a two-game losing streak into tonight's series opener against New York at Yankee Stadium.

It's where a pitching ace must step up. RHP James Shields loves this spot.

Shields (5-0, 3.05 ERA) has built on last season's All-Star Game performance. Notably, he authored a 1-0 road win against the Boston Red Sox on April 16, snapping Tampa Bay's season-high, four-game losing streak.

In his last start, Shields defeated the Seattle Mariners, 5-4, on Wednesday. After allowing three runs in the first, when he threw 38 pitches, Shields buckled down and went six innings to claim the victory.

"Shields has been great,'' Rays RF Matt Joyce said. "He's pitching like the All-Star player he is.''