Padres 7, Devil Rays 1.
JP Howell did his job. After a shaky first in which he gave up an unearned run on 1 hit and 2 walks, Howell settled down and faced only one over the minimum over the next 6 innings. Unfortunately, as soon as Gary Glover allowed the first run in the 8th, and the Rays fell behind 2-0, you sensed the game was probably over.

Despite the loss, Howell has now solidified his spot in the rotation for the near future.

Tonight it is James Shields turn. One of the roles of an ace is to be the team’s stopper. The Rays have now lost two straight and it is Shields job to keep this from becoming a losing streak. Shields needs to be careful. Pitching in Coors Field is never an easy task, even since they started using the humidor to weigh down the baseballs. Despite a sinking change-up as his best pitch, Shields has more flyball outs than groundball outs on the season (107 to 100). He is also prone to the long ball, having allowed 12 in 13 starts. That’s tied for 10th in the AL. However, Colorado is only 28th in the majors in home runs. As a team they have hit 45 (The Devil Rays have hit 75).

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  1. Stewey S says:

    Did that Tampa Sports dude really suggest the Braves might take Navarro and either Wiggy or Rock-uh oh for Saltalamacchia? I can't quite remember, as I fell out of my chair upon reading it.

    If that deal was possible and Andrew didn't do it, I would curse him by forbidding him from ever finally hitting puberty.

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