ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Terry Francona decided to start Mike Aviles on Sunday at third base in place of Jed Lowrie, who is 1-for-9 in his career against Rays starter James Shields.
"Jed's struggled against Shields, and since we've played him a few days in a row, we can give him two days off," Francona said. "It will be really good for him."
Lowrie is 0-for-12 on the current road trip, which began six games ago in Toronto.
Aviles is 1-for-5 against Shields for his career.