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Rays set Detroit rotation: Shields moves up



The Rays set their rotation for the next series at Detroit, and it includes one change: After rookie LHP Matt Moore pitches Tuesday, Opening Day starter RHP James Shields will pitch on Wednesday, staying on regular rest, with No. 5 starter RHP Jeff Niemann bumped back a day.

Their decision seems as much to do with the next series, as Shields will now be in line to face the Red Sox on the last day of the series in Boston, which is the 11 a.m. Marathon Day game. The Rays prefer not to pitch Niemann in day games given his distinct splits: 8-6, 5.40 with an .811 OPS allowed in day games, 30-17, 3.82, .709 in night games.

Tigers ace Justin Verlander is expected to start either Wednesday or Thursday.

[Last modified: Monday, May 7, 2012 12:40am]


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