- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

PORT CHARLOTTE, FLA. (AP) - Midway through his final spring training tuneup, Tampa Bay opening day starter James Shields shifted into regular-season mode.

The right-hander worked a perfect third and fourth innings Wednesday, rebounding from a shaky first two innings to help the Rays close the Florida portion of their exhibition schedule with a 2-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

The defending AL champions broke camp after the game and will play exhibitions in Philadelphia Friday and Saturday before opening the season Monday on the road against the Boston Red Sox.

Gabe Gross homered and Carl Crawford had a RBI single off right-hander Philip Humber during Tampa Bay’s two-run fifth. Matt Tolbert drove in Minnesota’s only run with a second-inning single.



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