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33 James Shields SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/215 | Birthdate: 12/20/1981 | Birthplace: Newhall, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Kansas City | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $11,250,000 | Owned/Started%: 97/81 | Average Draft Position: 56.43
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James Shields knocked around against Yankees


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/25/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields was knocked around Monday against the Yankees. 

Shields allowed six runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings. He struck out three and walked three during the outing. Shields ran into some trouble in the third and fourth innings, giving up a run in each frame. He really struggled in the seventh, though. Shields allowed a home run to the lead off man to open the seventh. He then put two men on with singles. After getting the first out, Shields gave up two run-scoring singles to the next two batters. The sixth and final run came across on a sac fly. Shields was replaced after he walked Carlos Beltran with two outs in the seventh inning.

With the loss, Shields dropped to 12-7. He’ll take on the Indians in his next start. 


James Shields turns in a strong start Tuesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields turned in a strong start Tuesday against the Rockies.

Shields gave up two runs on nine hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Shields proved to be hittable early on. After giving up two singles to open the game, Shields induced a run-scoring double-play. Nolan Arenado would also single during the frame, but Shields was able to work around it. Arenado would come back to haunt Shields in the fifth, hitting a solo home run to left center. Shields threw 94 pitches during the start.

With the win, Shields improved the 12-6. He’ll take on the Yankees in his next start. 


James Shields only average in win over Oakland


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/14/2014) Right-hander James Shields managed his worst performance in his last eight outings Thursday, but still managed a quality start that helped keep the Royals in first place.

Shields took a 3-1 lead into the sixth against the Athletics, but surrendered an RBI triple to Josh Reddick and run-scoring single to Alberto Callaspo before being removed. He finished having yielded three earned runs on seven hits with one walk and five strikeouts. He had given up just four earned runs in his last 30 innings pitched.

His next start is slated for Tuesday in Colorado.


James Shields spins complete-game shutout vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields went the distance Saturday, giving up four hits and one walk in nine scoreless innings and striking out five in his team's 5-0 win over the Giants.

It was the first complete-game shutout for Shields (11-6) sine September 2012. The closest the Giants came to causing trouble was a leadoff double in the eighth inning, which was also the only extra-base hit Shields allowed. He owns a 3.25 ERA and 132:34 K:BB ratio in 166 1/3 innings. Shields is scheduled to face the A's Thursday.


James Shields gives up two runs in eight innings in win Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/3/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields earned a win Sunday, giving up two earned runs on four hits in eight innings and striking out two in his team's 4-2 victory over the A's.

Shields (10-8) gave up a pair of solo home runs, one in the sixth inning and one in the eighth, but the A's managed just two other base runners. He owns a 3.43 ERA and 127:33 K:BB ratio in 157 1/3 innings after turning in three straight quality starts. He's scheduled to face the Giants Saturday.


James Shields walks four in loss vs. Twins Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/29/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields was stuck with a loss Tuesday, giving up two runs (one earned) on six hits and four walks in six innings and striking out five in his team's 2-1 defeat against the Twins.

Shields (9-6) hadn't walked more than three batters in a start since June 3, but he still managed to deliver his fourth quality start in his last five outings. Unfortunately, he's just 1-3 over his last eight games. Shields owns a 3.50 ERA and 125:33 K:BB ratio in 149 1/3 innings. He's slated to take on the A's Sunday.


James Shields pitches well for seven innings in no-decision


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2014) Royals ace James Shields pitched like an ace Wednesday against the host White Sox, but came away with a no-decision.

Shields surrendered just one run on six hits in seven innings. He walked one and fanned seven while yielding only a first-inning single to Adam Dunn for the lone run. The performance was a strong one for Shields, who has been a bit inconsistent of late.

He will try to take his momentun and run with it Tuesday against Minnesota.


James Shields settles for no-decision Friday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/18/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields was unable to factor into the decision Friday night against the Red Sox in Boston. Making his first start since the All-Star break, the right-hander permitted four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits and one walk while striking out three over 5 2/3 innings of a 5-4 defeat.

Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Shields has allowed only five earned runs. He owns a 3.70 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP over 21 starts (136 1/3 innings). He is scheduled to make his second start after the break on Wednesday against the White Sox in Chicago.

Royals unveil rotation plans


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/13/2014) The Royals will open the second half with James Shields starting Friday at Boston, reports the Kansas City Star. Lefty Danny Duffy will pitch Saturday, with Yordano Ventura starting next Sunday.

Jeremy Guthrie and Bruce Chen will fill the fourth and fifth spots of the rotation. Chen is filling in for Jason Vargas, who's recovering from an appendectomy.


James Shields stays dominant in tough-luck loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/12/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields remained dominant on Saturday, but was hit with a tough-luck loss against the Tigers. The right-hander permitted two runs on seven hits and no walks while striking out eight over seven innings of a 5-1 loss.

Shields enters the All-Star break with a 3.65 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 20 starts (130 2/3 innings). The Royals have yet to announce their post-break pitching plans, so his next start remains uncertain.

James Shields strikes out 10 in win vs. Rays Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields shined in a win Monday, giving up just three hits and one walk in seven scoreless innings while striking out 10 in his team's 6-0 victory over the Rays.

Shields (9-4) took it to his former team Monday, posting his first quality start since June 15 and his first double-digit-strikeout outing since April 17. Though he struggled through an uneven June, Shields owns a 3.71 ERA and 102:27 K:BB ratio in 123 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to make his last pre-break start Saturday against the Tigers.


James Shields drops first start in two months


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields struggled yet again Tuesday, in a 10-2 loss to the Twins.

Shields finished just five innings in his shortest outing the season, as he was chased after allowing five runs. Four of those runs were earned, and he allowed nine hits and two walks to get there. Shields also struck out five batters on 113 pitches in the loss, his first in 11 starts.

Shields falls to 8-4 with the loss, his first since May 2. He also saw his ERAS rise for the fourth start in a row; he has a 5.76 ERA in that span, and a 3.93 mark overall. His next start is set for Monday in Tampa Bay.


James Shields gives up four runs in no-decision vs. Dodgers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields was not a factor in the decision Wednesday after surrendering four earned runs on seven hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out two in his team's 5-4 loss to the Dodgers.

Shields gave up a solo home run in the second inning and two runs in the third to fall behind, then surrendered another run in the top of the fifth before his team was able to even the score in the bottom half of the inning. The home run was his 15th allowed in 17 starts, and he now owns a 3.79 ERA and 87:24 K:BB ratio in 111 2/3 innings. Shields is set to face the Twins Tuesday.


Don't give up too easily on James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/25/2014) Royals starting pitcher James Shields heads back to the mound Wednesday against the Dodgers looking to shake off a bad stretch of starts. Although he is 2-0 in his last five outings, he has a 5.46 ERA and .323 opponents' batting average in that span.

Right now, I'm not ready to consider this anything more than a cold spell. After doing a little research, it seems Shields is having trouble with his offspeed pitches. When Shields is on top of his game, his offspeed stuff is nearly unhittable. Lately, though, it's been very hittable.

Over the last five games, the Blue Jays (5/29) hit .429 against Shields' offspeed pitches, the Cardinals (6/3) hit .750, the Yankees (6/8) hit .167, the White Sox (6/15) hit .500 and the Mariners (6/20) hit .500, per BrooksBaseball.net. Shields was impressive in the win against the Yankees, but he allowed at least five runs against the Blue Jays, Cardinals and Mariners.

Shields has a 3.70 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 16 starts. He has a career 3.79 ERA and 1.23 WHIP, so he's not far off from what he's done over his career. Shields has been known to get hit hard and give up home runs, but he's still a strong Fantasy option because he chews up innings and racks up wins. He also usually has a good strikeout rate.

Shields has been one of the most traded players in CBSSports.com leagues. If a Fantasy owner in my league was looking to trade Shields, I would definitely entertain the offer. There's still plenty of value left with the veteran starting pitcher.


James Shields hit hard in no-decision


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(6/21/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields stumbled a bit as he settled for a no-decision during Friday's 7-5 loss to the Mariners.

Shields was tagged for five runs over seven innings of work, while scattering nine hits. Two of those hits went for home runs, while he walked one batter and struck out four on 103 pitches in the no-decision.

Shields has not lost in his last nine starts, despite watching his ERA rise nearly a full run in that span. He is 8-3 with a 3.70 ERA heading into Wednesday's start against the Dodgers. 


James Shields cruises past White Sox for win No. 8


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Royals starting pitcher James Shields continued to pitch well Sunday afternoon against the White Sox in Chicago, picking up his eighth win of the season. The right-hander permitted three runs on 10 hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings of a 6-3 victory.

Over his last two starts covering 12 innings, Shields (8-3) has allowed only three earned runs. He owns a 3.50 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP through 15 starts (97 2/3 innings). He will make his next start Friday at home against Seattle.

Royals adjust starting rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2014) With Monday's home contest against the Yankees postponed because of inclement weather, Royals manager Ned Yost will give his starting rotation an extra day of rest, the Kansas City Star reports.

Jason Vargas, who was scheduled to pitch Monday, will be pushed back for Tuesday's opener against the Indians, followed by Yordano Ventura on Wednesday. Jeremy Guthrie will take the hill for a weekend series against the White Sox in Chicago on Friday, followed by Danny Duffy on Saturday and James Shields on Sunday.

James Shields twirls a gem in win over Yankees


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/8/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields turned in a quality start on Sunday against the Yankees in New York, improving to 7-3 on the year. The right-hander permitted one unearned run on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over six innings of a 2-1 victory.

Over his last three strats covering 18 1/3 innings, Shields has allowed 11 earned runs. He will look to stay sharp Saturday against the White Sox in Chicago.

James Shields avoids loss in ugly outing Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields was not charged with a loss Tuesday despite surrendering seven runs (five earned) on nine hits and four walks in 5 1/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 8-7 win over the Cardinals.

Shields surrendered a grand slam in the second inning, but his offense was able to hand him six runs of support in the top of the fifth. He gave up another two runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game and another one inning later to put him in the hole, but the Royals were able to come back for the victory anyway.

Shields has given up 15 earned runs in 18 1/3 innings over his last three starts, but the Royals have found a way to win each of those games. He owns a 3.68 ERA and 70:19 K:BB ratio in 85 2/3 innings going into Sunday's start against the Yankees.


James Shields serves up three long balls in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/29/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields failed to factor into the decision for the second straight start on Thursday, in an 8-6 victory over the Blue Jays.

Shields had a hard time keeping the ball in the park, serving up a pair of home runs to Edwin Encarnacion and a two-run home run to Jose Bautista. He was charged with six runs on eight hits and no walks while striking out six in seven innings of work. Of his 108 pitches, 72 were strikes.

Over his last two starts covering 13 innings, Shields has surrendered 10 earned runs, including five long balls. Both starts were away from home. He will look to get back on track Tuesday at St. Louis.

James Shields surrenders four runs in no-decision Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields wasn't a factor in the decision Saturday after giving up four earned runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings while striking out four in his team's 7-4, 13-inning win over the Angels.

Shields gave up a two-run home run in the fourth and a solo shot in the fifth to tie the game at 3-3, then watched the Angels score the go-ahead run later in the fifth inning on a while pitch. However, the Royals were able to even things up at 4-4 in the seventh to take Shields off the hook. He owns a 2.95 ERA and 63:15 K:BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings. Shields is scheduled to face the Blue Jays Thursday.


James Shields stays dominant in win over O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/18/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields put together another dominant outing on Sunday against the Orioles for his sixth win of the season. The veteran right-hander surrendered three earned runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out three in seven innings of an 8-6 victory.

Shields (6-3) has allowed only four earned runs over his last three starts (21 innings). He will look to keep rolling on Saturday against the at Angels in Anaheim. He is 4-1 with a 1.80 ERA in six starts away from home.

James Shields strikes out eight in win vs. Rockies


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields proved to be one of the few pitchers to solve the Rockies this season Tuesday, giving up just one earned run on five hits in seven innings while striking out eight and walking none in his team's 5-1 win.

Shields (5-3) gave up seven earned runs two starts ago, but he's surrendered just seven runs in seven other starts since pitching the team's opener at the end of March. He owns a 2.54 ERA and 56:12 K:BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. Shields is set to face the Orioles Sunday.


James Shields gets over .500 with seven shutout innings


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/7/2014) Royals starting pitcher James Shields continued his solid pitching Wednesday, tossing seven shutout innings in an 8-0 win over the Padres.

Shields scattered seven singles in his seven innings of work, while walking just two in his seven innings of work. He struck out four while throwing 73 of 118 pitches for strikes.

Shields is now 4-3 on the season, after failing to win in his first three starts. He carries a 2.70 ERA in 53 1/3 innings into his next outing, set for Tuesday against the Rockies. 


James Shields gets roughed by Tigers


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields got roughed up by the Tigers on Friday, suffering his third loss of the season in an 8-2 defeat. He was charged with eight runs -- seven earned -- on 12 hits and one walk while striking out three over 6 1/3 innings.

Shields (3-3) owns a 3.11 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP in his first seven starts. He has a 44:10 K:BB ratio over 46 1/3 innings. He'll look to get back on track Wednesday at San Diego.