Rays rock Rangers 8-6, sweep series

Hey Qualls, you missed a spot. Oh wait, Choate’s got it. Cormier, you’re looking sloppy. OK, Soriano is cleaning it all up. Phew!

I love broom jokes. I love series sweeps even more, and that’s what the Tampa Bay Rays gave us Wednesday afternoon at Tropicana Field, taking the third and final outing of the three-game set against the visiting Texas Rangers. It was, of course, the Senior Prom for Senior Citizens promotion and lo and behold, the dead walk. No, faithful viewers, that was not the sound of cowbells, it was the clanging of oxygen tanks being dragged laboriously up the stairs. If you thought you heard vuvuzelas, it was most likely the sound of thousands of wheezing old folk. But I digress.

James Shields got the start on the hill for Tampa Bay and had a great game, keeping his average pitches per inning to Cliff Lee-like lows and picking up his 11th win of the season. Jimmy threw for 7 innings, allowing two runs on four hits while walking two batters and striking out six. This was actually the first time in the series the Rays failed to reach 10 strikeouts in a game. It says a lot when that's your major complaint for the day.