Posted 6/10/12 at 5:31 PM

Hold the phone: Rays go old-school talking to 'pen

With James Shields in a bit of a seventh-inning jam Sunday, there was an apparent communication breakdown at Marlins Park.

Hoping to avoid a mixup like Tony La Russa's in Game 5 of the 2011 World Series, Joe Maddon had to ask home-plate umpire Chad Fairchild to momentarily stop play because the phone to the Rays bullpen wasn't functioning properly.

Tampa Bay's skipper eventually found an old-fashioned solution, sending reserve infielder Will Rhymes joging down to the bullpen in right-center field to deliver his message. Rays pitching coach Jim Hickey was later spotted communicating with the 'pen via wakie-talkie in the bottom of the eighth.

-- J.B. Long

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