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MIA@TB: Shields gives up no earned runs over 7 2/3

With rain pouring down Friday night at Citizens Bank Park, all the Rays and Phillies could do was watch.

Both teams will take the field again on Saturday, hoping for better weather.

James Shields, who was scheduled to start Friday's game for the Rays, will take the hill.

Backing off a little while warming up prior to the start of the game because he thought it would be called, Shields said he'll be able to make the start without any problems.

"I've still got a lot of bullets in the old brazo [arm]," said Shields.

Meanwhile, Phillies manager Charlie Manuel decided to rearrange his starting rotation for the series, electing to go with Kyle Kendrick for the Saturday afternoon contest instead of Ciff Lee, the original starter for Friday's game.

Losing his last three starts by surrendering at least five runs in each contest, Kendrick will try to get back in the win column against Tampa Bay, a team he's never faced.

On Sunday against the Blue Jays, the right-hander surrendered six runs (five earned) on eight hits in 6 1/3 innings. He also struck out four and walked two for his seventh loss of the season.

"I felt like I pitched a lot better than what my numbers showed," Kendrick said after the start. "A couple mistakes they hit and didn't miss. I have to give them credit. I felt fine."

Rays: Peralta drops appeal
• Joel Peralta dropped his appeal on Friday, one day after Major League Baseball suspended the Rays reliever for eight games for having a "significant amount" of pine tar on the inside of his glove.

"They just told me it's going to start today, so I will get back for the Detroit series and the Yankees series," Peralta said. "They think it's more important for me to face them than here."

The right-hander was ejected from Tuesday's game against Washington after the umpiring crew inspected his glove following a request from the Nationals' dugout. The league administered Peralta's punishment on Thursday, and he initially planned to appeal the ruling.

Phillies: Howard hoping rehab can begin next week
• In a podcast posted on his blog,, on Thursday, Ryan Howard said he's optimistic he'll be able to begin an official rehab assignment next week.

The All-Star first baseman said he sets smaller goals for himself, and his current goals include being able to run the bases and play defense comfortably.

Howard, who has not yet played this season after rupturing his left Achilles in the National League Division Series in October, has been in playing in simulated games and facing pitching in Clearwater, Fla. Once a player begins an official rehabilitation assignment, he has 20 days to be activated by the Major League club, barring a setback.

"I'm very optimistic, looking at hopefully being able to start a rehab assignment here, hopefully in the next week or so," Howard said in the podcast. "So then I can actually get back to out playing games and starting to get out there on the field and working my way up to Philadelphia."

Worth noting
• Of the Phillies last 11 home runs, seven have come with men on base. Four have been three-run home runs, while the other three have been two-run home runs.

• Since posting a season-best four straight wins at home from May 13-18, the Phillies are 4-11 at Citizens Bank Park.

• The Rays series with the Phillies this weekend will mark the first games the team has played against an opponent with a losing record since May 26 against the Red Sox. Comments