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Tampa Bay Rays News and Links: Complete Game James

James Shields spin CGSO, and Blake Snell clinches a Players League playoff spot.

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Boston Red Sox v Tampa Bay Rays

On this day during the magical season of 2008, the Rays beat the Red Sox 3-0 as James Shields spun a two-hit complete game shutout.

The win capped off a three game sweep that pulled the Rays into a tie for first place.

The Rays jumped out in front in the third inning on a wild pick off by Josh Beckett, scoring Jason Bartlett. They added another in the seventh on a solo homer from Evan Longoria, and scored again in the eighth when Carl Crawford doubled home Bartlett. On the hill, Shields struck out nine and walked one.

New and Links

Marc Topkin reports on how Kevin Kiermaier is spending his quarantine.

Yandy Diaz owns Juan Toribio.

Blake Snell with a funny story about the time he gave up a grand slam to Miggy Cabrera.

Austin Meadows with some unusual squats.

Anthony Castovince on the best pitchers never to throw a no-hitter.

Joe Posnanski at the Athletic is starting a new series: 60 moments.

Blake Snell sings his way to a playoff spot in the Players League.

Tim Kurkjian writes about defending Wade Boggs.

A.J. Cassavell writes about old friend Kirby Yates.

Puig to the Giants?

Katherine Acquavella tells us that MLB player salary “an increasing concern.”

Sam Fels at Deadspin (???!!!???) says that we’re in for more cheating after the light punishments.

A fun anniversary from over the weekend: Let’s remember Brandon Allen from 2012.