Rays' Shields thriving on Game 2 opportunity

Updated: October 23, 2008, 12:39 PM ET
By Amy K. Nelson | ESPN.com

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- When James Shields takes the mound on Thursday night, he's going to feel anxious and nervous. But Shields knows his place in this Rays rotation. It's as a big-game pitcher, and it's here, at Tropicana Field, as the eldest member of the team's starting rotation.

Shields is only 26 years old, but it's not just in years that he shows his maturity. Of all the talented young pitchers, it is perhaps Shields who has the surest game plan and the best composure.


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