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Big Game James: Shields has been on a sizzling roll, going 3-0, 1.12 over his past five starts. He is 3-8, 4.91 overall against the Yankees but has improved with age, going 1-0, 1.42 in his past three home starts vs. them.

Super Nova: Nova, 24, is coming off a rough start vs. the Royals, allowing 8 runs (four earned) on 10 hits over three innings. He faced the Rays twice last season, with two no-decisions and a 6.97 ERA to show for it.

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Legend of Sam Fuld note of the day

You know those two stitches Sam Fuld had to get in his bottom lip after the hard slide into second Sunday? No problem, he said, tongue in cheek. "I did it myself."

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Comparison of the day

Asked by New York media to describe Sam Fuld's play, Rays manager Joe Maddon went back to the spark plug of the 2002 Angels championship team for an answer: "He's David Eckstein in leftfield."

Eckstein: 5-6...170 lbs....Scrappy INF

Fuld: 5-10.......180 lbs....Scrappy OF