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Rays to start Kazmir instead of Shields in Game 5

Updated: October 15, 2008, 7:41 PM ET
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The Tampa Bay Rays will start Scott Kazmir in Game 5 of the American League Championship Series instead of James Shields, Rays manager Joe Maddon announced Wednesday.

Shields will be pushed back to Game 6, if needed, Maddon said, because he wants Shields to pitch at home, where he is "very good."

The Rays lead the Boston Red Sox 3-1 in the ALCS and can close out the series with a win in Game 5 on Thursday at Fenway Park.

Kazmir (0-0) has struggled so far in the playoffs, ...

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