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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%: 96/80 | Average Draft Position: 56.43
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Royals tab Shields, Ventura for World Series Games 1, 2


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/18/2014) The Royals will start pitchers James Shields in Game 1 and Yordano Ventura in Game 2 of the World Series, Yahoo! Sports reports. The Royals are making their first World Series appearance in 29 years.

Report: Royals don't expect to keep James Shields


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Royals don't expect to keep pitcher James Shields once the season ends, according to the New York Daily News

The club is expected to attempt to re-sign Shields, but it's believed another team will outbid them for the pitcher. Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings during the regular season. He was a key component behind the Royals playoff push.


Royals' James Shields turns in rough start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/11/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields had a rough start Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles.

Shields allowed four runs on 10 hits over five innings. He struck out three and walked one during the outing. After tossing two scoreless frames to open the game, Shields allowed his first run in the third. After a base-runner advanced to third on a groundout, Shields gave up an RBI-single to Adam Jones. Things also went south in the fifth. After two straight singles, Nelson Cruz managed to drive in one run on a double. With two men on, Ryan Flaherty drove them both home with a single later in the inning. He would not start the sixth inning. Shields was saddled with the no-decision.


Report: Red Sox could prefer Jon Lester to James Shields


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) The Red Sox will likely set their sights on potential free agent right-hander James Shields in the offseason. But they could instead attempt to bring Jon Lester back to Beantown, according to the Boston Herald.

The Herald has speculated that the Sox could offer Shields at least $20 million a year in exchange for a shorter contract of no more than four years. But Lester could prove more attractive despite a bit of a higher cost. He is two years younger.

Shields has not earned his "Big Game" nickname with a 4.96 lifetime ERA in postseason action. Lester is 6-4 with a 2.57 ERA in the postseason.


Heyman: Royals to make run at re-signing James Shields


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/8/2014) The Royals will make a run at re-signing impending free agent pitcher James Shields, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports.

The Royals were initially believed to only be interested in retaining Shields if the team made a deep run in the playoffs, but according to the report, the Royals informed Shields' agent around the trading deadline that they would attempt to keep the pitcher on a multiyear deal. Shields and the Royals open the American League Championship Series in Baltimore Friday.


Jon Lester, James Shields to meet Tuesday in Wild Card game


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) The Athletics will travel to Kansas City to face the Royals Tuesday in the AL Wild Card game, with Jon Lester facing James Shields in the single-elimination game.

Lester (16-11) has delivered 19 straight quality starts, with 11 coming since his trade to Oakland, and he delivered a 2.18 ERA and 86:19 K:BB ratio in 90 2/3 innings after the All-Star break. Shields (14-8) has turned in six straight quality starts, and he posted a 2.31 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 30:4 K:BB ratio in 35 innings over five September outings. The winner will face the Angels in the AL Division Series.


James Shields settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/26/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields wasn't a factor into the decision Thursday night against the White Sox. He allowed three runs on five hits and two walks while striking out four over six innings of a 6-3 win.

Shields allowed three earned runs in each of his final three regular season starts. He owns a 3.21 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP over 34 starts (227 innings). He is a candidate to pitch in the AL Wild Card Game on Tuesday.


James Shields surrenders three runs in loss vs. Tigers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/20/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields took a loss Saturday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and one walk in 6 2/3 innings while striking out six in his team's 3-2 defeat against the Tigers.

Shields (14-8) entered the seventh inning with the team's locked up 1-1 in the cruicial AL Central battle, but the Tigers recorded three singles and a walk in the inning to bring home two runs and chase the starter from the game. Shields owns a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 176:42 K:BB ratio in 221 innings. He'll make his last start of the regular season Thursday hoping his team is still alive in the race for the division crown.


Royals move Jeremy Guthrie back in rotation; Jason Vargas, James Shields up


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) The Royals have shuffled their rotation for an upcoming series against the Tigers, as The Kansas City Star reports Jeremy Guthrie has been moved back from Friday to Sunday. That means Jason Vargas will pitch Friday to open the series, followed by James Shields Saturday. 

James Shields allows three runs over seven innings in a no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields posted a quality start in a no-decision Monday night against the White Sox. He allowed three runs on 10 hits and no walks while striking out six over seven innings of a 4-3 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 29 1/3 innings, Shields has allowed only four earned runs. He owns a 3.15 ERA and a 1.19 WHIP over 32 starts (214 1/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at home against Detroit.

James Shields tosses excellent start Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields tossed a scoreless start Wednesday against the Tigers.

Shields allowed two hits over seven scoreless innings. He struck out eight and walked one during the outing. Despite the strong showing, Shields did not flirt with a no-hitter. He gave up a single against the first batter he faced, but managed to erase the base runner with a pickoff. He waited until the seventh inning to give up his next hit. Shields put two men on base during the inning, but managed to get out of it without giving up a run. 

With the win, Shields improved to 14-7. He’ll take on the White Sox in his next start. 


James Shields tosses a scoreless start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields tossed a scoreless start Friday against the Yankees.

Shields allowed three hits over 8 1/3 scoreless innings. He struck out six and did not issue any walks during the outing. Shields didn't give up his first hit until the bottom of the fourth inning. After putting another man on with a hit by pitch, Shields escaped the inning unscathed. Shields was pulled in the nith inning after giving up a single to Derek Jeter. He threw 97 pitches during the outing. 

With the win, Shields improved to 13-7. He'll take on the Tigers in his next start. 


James Shields can't factor into decision Saturday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) Royals pitcher James Shields wasn't a factor into the decision Saturday night at home against the Indians. The right-hander permitted one run on five hits and one walk while striking out four over seven innings of a 3-2 defeat in extras.

Over his last three starts covering 19 2/3 innings, Shields has allowed nine earned runs. He owns a 3.38 ERA and a 1.24 WHIP over 29 starts (192 innings). His next start will come Friday in New York against the Yankees.

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.