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Shields Outduels Sabathia, Leads Devil Rays Past Yankees – SportsUntapped.com
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Added July 22nd, 2011 by Chalk

Shields Outduels Sabathia, Leads Devil Rays Past Yankees
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Tampa Bay Devil Rays pitcher James Shields was masterful on Thursday night as he outpitched New York Yankees ace CC Sabathia in a 2-1 win at historic Tropicana Field. The Devil Rays never trailed after slugger Evan Longoria homered in the second inning on a 1-1 slider. The loss dropped the Yankees two games behind the idle Boston Red Sox in the AL East standings.

Sabathia, who tied a season-high with four walks, blamed himself for the loss, knowing he had to be perfect to beat a pitcher as good as Shields. “Two mistakes by me and that cost us the game,” said Sabathia, referring to the Longoria homer and an RBI triple he gave up to No. 9 hitter Sam Fuld in the fifth inning.

The Devil Rays were confident Shields could carry them if they gave him just a little breathing room. “I think we know we got our horse out there, James with the way he’s been throwing the ball, just try to get a lead for him early,” Longoria said. “He really capitalized on it.” Sure enough, Shields didn’t allow a run until the eighth inning while limiting the Yankees to six hits.

Now the Devil Rays will have a chance to gain ground in the standings as they begin a stretch of 20 straight games against teams with losing records.

 
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