We must admit we were a bit surprised this weekend. When we saw that the Rays were heading to Philadelphia for the next round of interleague play, we actually dreaded the thought. We have such a strong distaste for anything Philadelphia, that the thought of having to watch three games against the Glue Sticks made us a bit nauseous. But then Friday came and James Shields was on the mound, and we knew Kid K was pitching on Saturday. Then we started to reminisce about the 2002 NFC Championship Game, and opening night of the 2002 season and the 2004 Eastern Conference Finals, and we started to get downright giddy. The boys didn’t disappoint. On Friday Shields won a duel against the Dr. Phils’ top pitching prospect Cole Hammels as the Rays won 10-4. Julio Lugo provided a good chunk of the offense with his 6th and 7th home runs of the season. Carl Crawford and Damon Hollins each added 4 hits. The win was Shield’s third straight. He struck out 6 and walked 1 in 6 innings of work. On Saturday night, Scott Kazmir won his first start nearly a month as the Rays took the second game 7-2. Kid K still was not at the top of his game as his pitch count was high and he was only able to work 5 innings. At the top of his game in May, Kazmir was much more judicious with his pitches and was able to work deeper into ballgames. On Saturday, Kazmir struck out 9 in his 5 innings but he also walked 3 before being pulled in favor of the bullpen. At the plate, Rocco Baldelli, continues his strong return with his 1st home run of the season. Crawford and Jorge Cantu also added home runs. On Sunday…well, C. C. hit his 10th home run of the season and Seth McClung made sure we didn’t get too giddy with a sweep by losing his 10th game of the season.

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