As the ball settled into B.J. Upton's glove in center field for the final out Tuesday night, James Shields turned toward the guys sitting down in the bullpen and fired a "This was for you" point.
On a night when the Tampa Bay Rays bullpen needed a breather, Shields provided just that, throwing his first complete game of the season as the Rays rolled to an 8-0 victory against the A's at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
"After (Monday's) game the bullpen needed a rest. That was the main point," Shields said, referring to Monday's 15-inning, 4-3 loss in which all seven relievers worked.
"We saw that a lot last year," Rays manager Joe Maddon said of Shields' excellence. "It was pretty much textbook. Outstanding."
The Rays remain 3 games behind the Angels, who took over the top spot in the wild card standings from the A's. The Rays trail the A's by 2 1/2 games for the second wild card spot entering this afternoon's series finale
Shields goes distance as Rays rout A's
Tampa Tribune | Aug 1