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Rays vs. Rangers: James Shields and 4 Consequences of His Poor Game 2 Start
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James Shields had a golden opportunity to help his team take a commanding 2-0 series lead.

He was unable to deliver in Game 2, losing 8-6 to the Texas Rangers on Saturday night. 

A wild and crazy fourth inning did Shields in. In the frame he hit two batters and uncorked two wild pitches.

Home plate umpire Kerwin Danley didn't do him any favors by blowing a call, but Shields still had plenty of opportunities to close out the inning—and didn't.

His poor outing, while not completely devastating to the Rays, has nonetheless raised some concern about his ability to pitch well in the postseason.

It also has had some consequences that may alter the outcome of this series.

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