James Shields made his 200th career start Thursday, but the milestone turned into a mess.
The Rays right-hander allowed a career-high and team-record-tying 14 hits in a 5-2 loss to the Tigers.
"Everything I was throwing, they were finding a hole," Shields said. "It wasn't a very good day today. They found every hole they could possibly find today. There's nothing you can do about it. I gave up 11 singles."
Shields was the second Rays pitcher this week to allow 13 or more hits. Alex Cobb gave up 13 hits Monday in Kansas City, throwing a complete game in an 8-0 loss to help Tampa Bay save its bullpen.
After a quick start to the season, in which he went 5-0 with a 3.05 ERA in his first six starter, Shields has been struggling, going 2-5 with a 4.69 ERA in his next 10 starts.
The loss was his first to the Tigers in 10 career starts.
--DH Luke Scott was activated from the disabled list after missing nearly three weeks with back spasms, and he went 0-for-3 as the cleanup hitter in his return. The Rays are hoping he can help their impotent offense. "Even one bat could make a huge difference," manager Joe Maddon said. "If Scotty's able to show up and swing the bat like he had been for a while there in the beginning of the season, that would be a big boost for us."
--RHP Chris Archer, impressive in two starts as he made his big-league debut filling in for RHP Jeremy Hellickson, was sent back to Class AAA Durham. Archer showed a live arm, solid command and good control of his emotions after a rough first inning in his debut. He learned something, too. "I know that I can complete here," he said after going 0-2 with a 3.09 ERA.
--3B Evan Longoria remains shut down from any baseball activities since re-injuring his left hamstring during a June 18 rehab game, and manager Joe Maddon didn't offer much of an encouraging prognosis Thursday. "I don't think we're going to see a whole lot of advancement right now in the near future," Maddon said. Longoria was injured April 30.
--RHP Kyle Farnsworth is in line to activated Saturday after missing the first three months recovering from a right elbow strain. Farnsworth was sharp during back-to-back rehab appearances this week with Class AAA Durham. "Arm strength, it's probably like it would be coming out of spring training," Farnsworth said. "I'm hoping to get a couple miles an hour here and there, but there's never been any pain. Every step has been good."
--LHP David Price is looking forward to Friday's marquee matchup with Tigers RHP Justin Verlander. Price has already faced Tim Hudson, Cole Hamels, R.A. Dickey and CC Sabathia this season. "I love it," Price said. "It's just unlucky. It's fun. This is what you envision as a little kid, going up against somebody else's big guy and getting that win."
BY THE NUMBERS: .217 -- The Rays' team batting average during their four-game losing streak.
QUOTE TO NOTE: "I almost tripped on the mound. It's been too long." -- RHP Joel Peralta, after throwing batting practice in preparation to be reinstated Saturday after serving an eight-game suspension.______________________________________________________________ Subscribe to RaysDigest.com today! Only $79.95 brings you one full year of Total Access Pass and all premium content on RaysDigest.com, the Scout Player and Roster Database (including the 'Hot News' at the top of the site), Breaking News and Information, Total Access to all Scout.com Websites and Player Pages which detail the progress and careers of players from high school, college, the minors, and the pro ranks.
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