James Shields halts Boston’s nine-game winning streak

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After three straight series sweeps and 30 runs in their last two games, the Red Sox were shut down by the Rays’ James Shields on Tuesday, getting blanked for the sixth time this year in a 4-0 loss.

For Shields, it was his third shutout already this season.  The Cardinals’ Jaime Garcia entered the day as the only other pitcher with multiple shutouts.  He has two.  Justin Verlander also notched his second tonight in a win over the Indians.

The Red Sox had their best chance to score in the first, when they had first and third with one out and the bases loaded with two outs.  However, Carl Crawford, in his first at-bat in the Trop since leaving for Boston over the winter, grounded out to first to end the rally.  Crawford finished the game 0-for-3. He was left on deck when the game ended.

Adrian Gonzalez went 3-for-4 for Boston, but he saw his streak of nine straight games with an RBI end with Boston’s winning streak.

With the victory, the Rays improved to 3-0 against the Red Sox this season.  They’re 3 1/2 games back of Boston in the AL East.

Astros claim Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club claimed reliever Buddy Boshers off waivers from the Twins.

Boshers, 29, had been designated for assignment by the Twins last week. Across parts of three seasons, the lefty compiled a 4.59 ERA with a 78/25 K/BB ratio in 86 1/3 innings in the big leagues.

Boshers has handled left-handed hitters much better than right-handed hitters, holding them to a career .621 and .793 OPS, respectively. If he makes the 25-man roster out of spring training, the Astros may use him as a LOOGY — a left-handed one-out guy. As of right now, Tony Sipp is the only lefty in the ‘pen.