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TODAYÍS PITCHING MATCHUP

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Today's pitching matchup
james shields, RHP, Rays brett myers, RHP, Phillies
Record/ERA
14-8, 3.56 10-13, 4.55
Postseason
1-2, 3.72 2-0, 4.72
Height/weight, age
6-4/214, 26 6-4/238, 28
WhatÍs new
Shields, nicknamed "Big Game James," has lost his last two postseason starts, but in both outings, he gave up three earned runs or fewer. Myers has won his two postseason starts, though in his last outing, he gave up five earned runs and six hits in just five innings against the Dodgers.
Scouting report
ShieldsÍ competitiveness helps him typically go late into games. His best pitch is his changeup, but he can also effectively throw his fastball and curve. Myers, who has spent time as a closer and starter in his career, can effectively change speeds, using two- and four-seam fastballs, as well as a curveball.
Season
vs. Phillies: First meeting vs. LH: .255 vs. RH: .253 At home: 9-2, 2.59 ERA vs. Rays: First meeting vs. LH: .235 vs. RH: .293 On road: 3-8, 6.21 ERA
Career
vs. Phillies: 1-0, 4.50 ERA At Tropicana Field: 19-8, 3.25 ERA vs. Rays: First meeting At Tropicana Field: First meeting
Matchups to watch
Matt Stairs is 3-for-20, Ryan Howard is 1-for-2, Jimmy Rollins is 1-for-3 and Chase Utley is 0-for-3. Willy Aybar is 2-for-6, Cliff Floyd is 12-for-33 (.364) and Carlos Pena and Dioner Navarro are 0-for-3.
What theyÍre saying
"IÍm the type of pitcher that doesn't like to change my approach. I like to make in-game adjustments. I know that squad is a pretty good hitting squad Ñ theyÍve been able to hit the long ball." Rays starter James Shields "Since Brett went to the minor leagues and he came back, heÍs been tremendous. HeÍs one of the reasons why IÍm sitting here talking to you today. And heÍs been just a completely different pitcher." Phillies manager Charlie Manuel

Upcoming pitchers

Game 3

Jamie Moyer (Phillies)vs. Matt Garza (Rays)

Game 4

Joe Blanton (Phillies)vs. Andy Sonnanstine (Rays)

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