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33 James Shields SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/215 | Birthdate: 12/20/1981 | Birthplace: Newhall, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $11,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/78 | Average Draft Position: 56.78
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Padres SP James Shields gets roughed up by Nationals in loss


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/25/2015) Padres starter James Shields struggled in his outing against the Nationals on Tuesday. The veteran right-hander allowed five runs on on eight hits over 5 2/3 innings. He issued four walks and struck out two in the 8-3 loss.

Shields (9-6, 3.89 ERA) was given a 2-0 lead in the second inning, but he allowed a game-tying home run to Wilson Ramos in the home-half of the frame. He gave up single runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings, as he was never really able to settle in.

Shields has now given up five runs in two of his last three starts. 


Padres' James Shields wins for first time since July 17


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2015) Padres starter James Shields improved to 9-5 on the year with his first win since July 17, Tuesday against Atlanta.

Shields was 0-2 with three no-decisions since his last win. After allowing eight runs in his last two starts, Shields pitched six scoreless innings on Tuesday. He walked two and struck out seven, giving him three straight starts with at least seven strikeouts.


Padres SP James Shields receives loss in Wednesday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields was not sharp during Wednesday's 7-3 loss to the Reds.

Shields received his fifth loss of the season after allowing five runs on six hits over 6 1/3 innings. He also struck out seven and walked four.

He is now 8-5 with a 3.89 ERA. Shields is winless in his last five starts, but has produced three quality starts in those outings.


Padres SP James Shields allows trio of solo homers in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/8/2015) Padres starter James Shields was bitten by the longball in his outing against the Phillies on Friday. Shields allowed three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings. He walked one and struck out eight, and was left with a no-decision.

All three runs Shields allowed came on solo home runs by Ryan Howard, Domonic Brown and Cody Asche. 

Shields left the game with the scored tied 3-3, as he has now gone four straight starts without a win. He has won once in his past 12 starts, dating back to early June.


James Shields escapes with no-decision for Padres


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2015) James Shields allowed two runs in six innings for the Padres against Miami on Sunday, and left trailing in the game. A late rally allowed him to salvage a no-decision on the day. 

Shields has pitched seven and six innings in his last two starts, after a three-start stretch where he failed to get out of the sixth inning. 

Shields allowed five hits and two walks, while striking out four. 


Padres SP James Shields posts quality start, takes loss Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/28/2015) Padres right-hander James Shields did his part to keep his club in the game on Tuesday, but ultimately the Padres were shutout 4-0 by the Mets. Shields allowed three runs on seven hits over seven-plus innings. He struck out four and did not walk a batter, but he was out-pitched by the youngster Noah Syndergaard.

Shields (8-4, 3.77 ERA) allowed a two-run home run to Lucas Duda in the first inning. He was able to settle in and keep the Mets off the board over the next six innings.

But he allowed a double to lead off the eight and was subsequently removed from the game. Shawn Kelley entered and immediately served up a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson, with the first run being charged to Shields.

Shields is 2-4 over his last six starts, but he owns a 2.50 ERA over that stretch. 


Padres want to move pitchers James Shields, Andrew Cashner


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) The Padres are very much willing to part ways with pitchers James Shields and Andrew Cashner as the trade deadline looms, according to ESPN.com.

San Diego is apparently very active in the trade market and it "really [wants] to move" both Shields and Cashner.

Casner (3-10) has a 4.10 ERA with 97 strikeouts and 34 walks in 109 2/3 innings this season. Shields has an impressive 8-3 records with a 3.77 ERA. He has 144 strikeouts and 47 walks in 126 2/3 innings.


Padres SP James Shields blanks Giants over five, but wild again


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/22/2015) Padres starter James Shields pitched well Wednesday against San Francisco - he just didn't go long enough to prevent a meltdown by the bullpen that cost him a win.

Shields tossed five shutout innings, but was removed after throwing 96 pitches. He allowed three hits and three walks while fanning seven. But the relievers gave up seven runs thereafter.

"I was still good to go," he told MLB.com. "I've been in that situation a few times in my career. I definitely had more in the tank. But it's not my decision. It's our manager's decision."

Shields has failed to register a quality start over his last three outings. He has walked 11 during that stretch, which has contributed greatly to his short starts.


Padres SP James Shields not sharp, but gets win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Padres starter James Shields labored in his first outing following the All-Star break, but he was able to come away with his eighth win of the season.

The veteran right-hander limited the Rockies to one run on seven hits over five innings on Friday. Shields walked four and struck out six, needing 100 pitches to make it through the fifth. The outing did lower his ERA to 3.92, but he struggled with his command for much of the evening.

However, the only run he wound up allowing was a solo home run by Charlie Blackmon in the fifth inning. 

Shields (8-3) has a 2.63 ERA over his last four starts. 


Padres set rotation for second half


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2015) The Padres will turn to pitcher James Shields to open the second half of the season Friday against the Rockies, reports MLB.com. Shields will be followed by Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Odrisamer Despaigne.

"It's a new beginning," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "An opportunity to get everybody recuperated and come back… It's a little disruption of their work, their rhythm, but more for Cashner, Kennedy and Despy than Shields."


Padres SP James Shields has rough outing against Rangers


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/12/2015) Padres right-hander James Shields labored and struggled with his command in his start against the Rangers on Saturday. Shields allowed four runs on five hits over 5 1/3 innings. He walked four and struck out five, needing 105 pitches to get through his outing.

Shields got off on the wrong foot, as he allowed a solo home run to Mitch Moreland in the second inning, putting himself down 1-0 early. 

Then, after the Padres' offense got Shields a 2-1 lead, Shields gave the lead right back by allowing two runs in the bottom of the third. Moreland added another solo homer off of the right-hander in the sixth, knocking Shields out of the game.

But Shields was able to escape with a no-decision as the Padres rallied late in the 6-5 win.

Shields ends the first half of the season on a rather sour note, after he had allowed two earned runs in his previous two starts combined. He'll head into the All-Star break owning a 4.01 ERA.


Report: Padres shopping James Shields


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) The Padres have started calling teams to gauge trade interest in pitcher James Shields, according to a report by Peter Gammons.

Shields is 7-3 with a 3.88 ERA this season. His 18 starts lead the Major Leagues.  


Padres SP James Shields allows one run in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields was solid throughout his start against the Pirates on Monday, but it was not enough as the Padres fell 2-1.

"For the most part, my two-seam was really good today. I didn't have as good zip on my fastball today as I normally do," Shields said, per MLB.com. "I felt my two-seam was good today and I was pounding the zone."

Shields allowed one unearned run on two hits over seven innings of work. Shields walked one and struck out three during the outing. He received a no-decision for his effort and his ERA is now 3.88.

After starting the season 7-0, Shields is now winless in his last six starts. However, he has earned a quality start in his last two outings.


Padres SP James Shields allows two runs in loss to Mariners


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/1/2015) Padres starting pitcher James Shields  picked up his third loss of the season on Wednesday, despite a solid outing against the Mariners.

Shields threw 6 2/3 innings, allowed four hits and two earned runs before being pulled from the game. He held the Mariners scoreless through five innings, but a Robinson Cano home run in the sixth inning was his first mistake.

Shields (7-3) has a 4.14 ERA with 123 strikeouts and 35 walks in 104 1/3 innings of work this year.


Padres SP James Shields allows seven runs in Thursday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields struggled during the first inning and he never recovered during Thursday's 13-8 loss to the Giants.

Shields allowed seven runs on nine hits over four innings of work. He also struck out seven and walked two. His biggest accomplishment was not giving up a home run. Shields is now 7-2 with a 4.24 ERA.

Shields is now winless in his last four starts and he has just one quality start during that time.


Padres SP James Shields struggles in loss on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Padres starter James Shields had a tough time on Friday against the Diamondbacks. The veteran right-hander allowed four runs on eight hits over six innings of work. He struck out five and walked a season-high four batters.

Shields was saddled with his first loss of the season in this one, as his ERA rose to 3.75. He got into trouble in the third inning, when he gave up three of the four runs, including back-to-back RBI doubles. 

This was the second time in three starts that Shields allowed four earned runs. He'll try to turn things around in his next start, scheduled for Thursday in San Francisco. 


Padres SP James Shields is dominant in no-decision


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Padres starting pitcher James Shields left Sunday's game after a dominant performance with a 2-1 lead, but his team dropped the contest in 12 innings 4-2.

Shields allowed just one earned run over seven innings of work. He threw just 86 pitches, allowed five hits and struck out six batters in the no-decision.

Shields (7-0) has a 3.60 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 87 2/3 innings this season.


Padres P James Shields strikes out 6 in no-decision


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields allowed five runs — four earned — in a no-decision during Tuesday night's 6-5 loss to the Braves. 

"His stuff was fine," manager Bud Black said, per MLB.com. "And we've seen enough of James to know, that those of us who have watched every single one of his starts, he's had a very nice knack of getting out of jams and getting out of tough predicaments."

Shields walked one batter but did strike out six. He accounted for seven hits in 5 1/3 innings of work. Shields now has a 3.79 ERA for the season. Though the Padres lost, Shields did not receive credit for it and remains unbeaten at 7-0 for the year. 

His next start is projected for Sunday against the Dodgers. 


Padres P James Shields remains undefeated after win over Mets


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields stayed unbeaten with another win in Wednesday's 7-3 victory over the Mets. 

Shields gave up two earned runs and two walks. He struck out four batters in seven innings. He improved to 7-0 win with the win. Though he had a sound performance, his four strikeouts were a season-low. 

Shields now has an ERA of 3.58 this season. 

His next start is projected for June 9 against the Braves. 


Padres SP James Shields goes six strong innings in no-decision


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Padres starter James Shields was effective, if not brilliant, in a no-decision on Friday. Shields went six innings, allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and struck out six as the Padres walked off on the Pirates 6-2. 

The only runs Shields gave up on Friday came on a two-run single by Pedro Alvarez in the third inning. Shields then proceeded to retire 11 of the final 12 batters he faced before exiting in the seventh.

Shields (6-0) lowered his ERA to 3.69 and has pitched six innings or more in each of his last five starts. He'll take on the Mets at home in his next start on Wednesday.


Padres SP James Shields enjoying time in the batter's box


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/27/2015) Padres starter James Shields has been his typical self on the mound this season, posting a 3.75 ERA and a league-best 11.8 K/9 ratio through his first 10 starts with his new club. But, now in the National League, Shields is getting a chance to hone in on another skill...hitting.

Coming into this season Shields had just 50 plate appearances to his name, but still managed a respectable .213 batting average (10 for 47) with a double and four RBI while pitching with the Rays and Royals in the AL.

"I love hitting, man -- I absolutely love it," Shields said on Tuesday, per MLB.com. "Obviously, a lot of pitchers were hitters in high school. I played first base [at Hart High School in Santa Clarita, north of Los Angeles]. I wanted to be a hitter, but it worked out fine."

So far in 2015, the right-hander is 4 for 24 with eight strikeouts. Manager Bud Black is happy to have Shields (the pitcher and the hitter) on his team.

"He's been everything we could have hoped for," Black said. "He's done a great job on the mound, and he's great in the clubhouse. He's a true leader."


Padres P James Shields goes 7 strong innings in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields stayed unbeaten with another solid performance in Sunday afternoon's 11-3 win over the Dodgers. 

Shields did give up three earned runs, two of which came on an Alex Guerrero bomb in the seventh inning. Up until that point, Shields pitched a great game, with everything in hand thanks to the Padres' run support. 

Shields has now allowed only six earned runs over his past three games. He struck out seven batters and walked one in seven full innings. Shields now has an ERA of 3.75 for the season. 

His next start is projected for Friday against the Pirates. 


Padres pitcher James Shields using his curveball at high rate


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields used his curveball at an astonishing rate in his outing on Tuesday. The veteran tossed 43 curveballs of his 107 pitches in his appearance, something he's made a point to use more this season, according to U-T San Diego.

"I think I've kind of locked it in," said Shields. "The last few years, I haven't really had my curveball. I think the beginning of the season, I kind of figured some things out, what I was doing with my curveball. Now I have it, and I feel like I have all my weapons right now."

Shields has thrown a curveball on 23 percent of his pitches so far this season.

"It's tight, it's got good break in the hitting area," Padres manager Bud Black said. "There's not a lot of guys who throw a true curve, the 12-6 or the overspin breaking ball. You see a lot of sliders, you see some cutters, you see slurves, but you don't see the old-school, traditional curve. Guys just don't see it a lot, so it's a little hard to hit."


Padres' James Shields whiffs 11, serves up two HRs in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/20/2015) Although Padres pitcher James Shields put together another double-digit strikeout effort on Tuesday, he was unable to factor into the decision at home against the Cubs.

Shields was dominant throughout most of the night, but surrendered solo home runs to Chris Coghlan and Dexter Fowler in third inning, respectively. He was charged with two earned runs on six hits and one walk while striking out 11 over seven innings of an 4-3 victory. Of his 107 pitches, 71 were strikes.

Shields has struck out 20 and allowed only three earned runs over his last two starts (13 innings). He will look to stay dominant Sunday in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.


Padres' James Shields strikes out nine in win vs. Mariners


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/14/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields earned a win on Wednesday, giving up just one earned run on six hits and three walks in six innings while striking out nine in his team's 4-2 victory over the Mariners.

Shields (5-0) wasn't efficient in the outing, throwing 115 pitches in his six innings of action, but he was much improved after giving up five earned runs in each of his last two starts (both also wins). His only damage came on a fifth-inning home run served up to Brad Miller.

Shields owns a 3.91 ERA and 64:15 K:BB ratio in 48 1/3 innings. He's lined up to face the Cubs at home Tuesday.