Tampa Bay right-hander James Shields, who will start Tuesday night's pivotal game against the Orioles, is wrapping up a very successful 2012 season that – so far – has featured a 15-9 and a solid 3.62 ERA. That's almost proportionately consistent with his career numbers in 23 career starts against the Orioles.

He's a very good pitcher, but the Orioles have proven this season that he is far from unbeatable. In his two previous 2012 starts against them, he has not been particularly impressive, giving up six runs (four earned) over 6 1/3 innings at Camden Yards on May 13 and allowing five earned runs over six innings in another Oriole Park start on July 26. He was 1-1 in those two games with an unimpressive combined ERA of 6.57.