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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%: 98/92 | Average Draft Position: 56.95
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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.


Padres SP James Shields allows four home runs in Friday's start


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields allowed five runs on six hits over six innings of work during Friday's 6-5 win over the Diamondbacks.

Despite his struggles, Shields earned his fourth win of the season. Shields struck out seven batters and walked three during the start. His biggest mistakes were four solo home runs he surrendered to Chris Owings, A.J. Pollock, Paul Goldschmidt and David Peralta. As a result, his ERA rose from 3.72 to 4.25.

Shields (4-0) has now given up seven home runs and 10 runs in his last two starts. His next expected start is scheduled for Thursday against the Nationals.


Padres starter James Shields gets win despite allowing five earned


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Padres starter James Shields (3-0) surrendered three home runs, giving up five runs overall, in 5 1/3 innings Sunday but was able to earn the win against the Rockies. 

Shields was touched by Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado twice for homers. 

Shields gave up nine hits and struck out seven and did not walk a batter. 

"James Shields is really good pitcher," Arenado said. ''He probably left a couple of pitches up that he probably wished he could take back. We put some good swings on the ball."

The five runs were the most the right hander has allowed all season. 

Shields will look to get back on track Friday in Arizona.


Padres SP James Shields strikes out 12 in loss Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Despite striking out 12 batters in just six innings Monday, it was not enough for Padres pitcher James Shields to earn a win.

"I'm not too worried about strikeouts in my game, I'm worried about winning," he said after the game, per MLB.com. "It's my job to keep us in a game and give us a chance to win every night."

Shields (2-0) tossed six innings and allowed three runs (one earned) on six hits during Monday's 9-4 loss to the Dodgers. The 12 strikeouts were a season high for Shields.

"He was working with a tight [strike] zone, which was more impressive," catcher Derek Norris said. "He threw the ball well."

Shields also walked one batter and gave up a solo home run to Jed Lowrie in the fourth inning. He received a no-decsion and his ERA now stands at 2.90

His next scheduled start will be Sunday against the Rockies.


Padres' James Shields delivers quality start in Colorado


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields didn't factor into the decision Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on six hits and three walks in six innings while striking out five in his team's 5-4 loss to the Rockies.

Shields surrendered a solo home run and an RBI double in the first inning and another RBI double in the second but was then able to settle down and keep the Rockies off the scoreboard until his departure.

"The first inning, my ball was up," Shields said after the game, per MLB.com. "They were swinging early, and I was trying to get ahead of the hitters, and they took advantage of it. I settled down there the rest of the game and got the job done."

Shields has yet to take a loss while posting a 3.24 ERA and 29:8 K:BB ratio in 25 innings.

"I thought he threw the ball fine," manager Bud Black said. "They nicked him there in the first. (Corey) Dickerson got a ball up out over the plate and got a homer. He could have kept going if we didn't get to his spot [in the batting order]. He had eight innings in him, possibly. And he threw up four zeros after they nicked him in the second. Good game. He did great."

Shields is scheduled to face the Astros at home Monday.


A little luck helps Padres RHP James Shields gain win Friday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Padres ace James Shields lifted his ERA from 2.08 to 2.84 on Friday, but he's shedding no tears. He raised his record to 2-0 with a strong outing amid great fanfare against the host Cubs.

Surrounding the hoopla of the major league debut of Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant, Shields struck him out three times and emerged with a victory despite two difficult innings.

"I didn't have the greatest stuff today. I wasn't locating as well as I wanted to; I was behind in the count all day," Shields said, per MLB.com.

Shields was his own worst enemy in a two-run third with a throwing error and wild pitch, then allowed a pair in the fifth on four consecutive hits. But he retired the next five and got lucky when the Padres scored three runs in the sixth.

"It's one of those days where you grind through it," Shields said.

He will try to be a bit steadier next Wednesday at Colorado.


Padres pitcher James Shields strikes out seven in win Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields went seven strong innings in Saturday's 10-2 win over the Giants. Shields allowed one run on three hits, including one home run, and seven strikeouts in his start.

Shields only blemish came in the fourth inning when Joaquin Arias hit a solo home run to lead off the inning. Shields settled in after that, allowing just one hit in his final three innings. He also lowered his ERA to 2.08 on the year.

Shields will look to keep rolling Friday against the Cubs.


Padres P James Shields strikes out eight in loss to Dodgers


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/6/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields struck out eight batters in a 6-3 loss against the Dodgers on Opening Day.

''It was pretty surreal for me, being able to pitch here after growing up down the street. But once I got into the bullpen, I was nice and relaxed,'' he said. ''Any time you're facing Kershaw, it's going to be a tough game and a tough battle. You can't make too many mistakes because you know he's not going to make too many mistakes. But for the most part, I felt we did pretty well.''

Shields gave up two earned runs on six hits with eight strikeouts and two walks in six innings pitched. One of his hits given up was a home run by Adrian Gonzalez.


Padres' Shields tosses three scoreless innings in spring finale


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields allowed three hits and no walks in three scoreless innings while striking out two in his team's 8-2 win over the White Sox Wednesday.

"Three innings was kind of the ideal, I think I ended up throwing 30-35 [pitches]. I think I got some good work in today. I felt really good in my delivery today. Overall, my body felt really good. I'm ready to go," Shields said after the outing, per MLB.com.

Shields has alternated scoreless outings with mediocre appearances over his last four games but was able to end spring on a high note.

"He felt as though he's in a good spot," manager Bud Black said. "I thought his fastball had life to it, he had good location, threw some devastating changeups and some good cutters. He pounded the strike zone."

Shields finishes the Cactus League season with a 2.79 ERA and 23:5 K:BB ratio in 19 1/3 innings. He'll square off with the Dodgers Monday on Opening Day.


Padres choose James Shields to start Opening Day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields is the choice to start Opening Day, manager Bud Black said on Saturday, per MLB.com's Paul Casella

It will be Shields' seventh Opening Day start and fourth straight. He started the opener four times for the Rays and each of the last two seasons for the Royals before signing with the Padres as an offseason free agent. 

Shields was 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five starts this spring.


James Shields pitches five hitless innings for Padres


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/22/2015) James Shields continued his strong spring for the Padres with five hitless innings on Sunday. 

Shields struck out six and walked two, lowering his spring ERA to 2.25.

Shields has given up just four hits in 12 innings this spring, while striking out 16. He also singled in his first two spring at bats before snapping his streak by making an out in his second time up, Sunday. 

"I just need to clean that up a bit this next outing," Shields said to U-T San Diego, "or it might be a thing where I might just go into the stretch beginning of an inning."


James Shields is the Padres' likely opening day starter


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/13/2015) It appears to be shaping up for pitcher James Shields to start opening day for the Padres, according to MLB.com. 

Padres manager Bud Black has yet to make an official announcement on an opening day starter but said a decision will be made soon. But with the way the rotation has gone thus far in camp, it's shaping up for Shields to be ready to go against the Dodgers on April 6. 

On Thursday against the Dodgers, Shields pitched a perfect three innings in a 1-0 loss. 

Shields signed a four-year, $75 million deal with the Padres in February. 


James Shields pitches crisp inning in Padres debut


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Padres RHP James Shields pitched one inning in his spring debut. Shields gave up one hit and threw six strikes in 11 pitches. 

"My body feels good, my arm feels good. It's good to get the adrenaline going," Shields said


Padres' James Shields to make spring debut on Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Padres pitcher James Shields will make his spring debut on Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

After Shields pitched deep into the postseason, the Padres wanted to bring him along slowly during camp. He'll make his first start against the Giants on Saturday. It's unclear how long Shields will pitch.

The 33-year-old posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings last season. 


Padres' Shields being held back following deep postseason run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Since Padres starting pitcher James Shields pitched deep into the postseason last year with the Royals, the coaching staff has him slightly behind the other starters in camp, per U-T San Diego.

"Fortunately, we don't have to start him until a little bit further -- he's not starting in the first three (spring-training) games -- but he'll be fine," pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "It's no big deal."


Agent: James Shields never received five-year, $110M offer


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Agent Page Odle, who represents starting pitcher James Shields, denied the report his client was offered a five-year, $110 million contract before he accepted the Padres' four-year, $75 million offer, per FOX Sports.com.

"James Shields never received, nor did he reject, a five-year, $110 million offer by some sort of mystery team," Odle said. "We never had an offer like that. We never received an offer like that. That was completely inaccurate and a fabrication.

"We had scenarios talking to teams in the three-year, four-year and five-year range from the start. James never demanded a five-year deal. Would James have liked a five-year deal? Of course. Why wouldn't he? But there was never that demand."

Shields told a San Diego radio station Thursday that his final decision was between the Cubs and Padres. CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, which included a vesting option, late in the process. However, Heyman said the Cubs weren't going to be able to offer Shields a deal in the mid-$70-million range after spending $175 million on starting pitchers this offseason.

"At the beginning of the offseason, I'm watching the moves [general manager A.J. Preller] was making, and it's incredible the change and the willingness to win," Shields said during his introductory press conference with San Diego. "It's the fact that this organization is ready to win now, and that's what attracted me to the San Diego Padres."


Shields: Cubs were in final two before signing deal with Padres


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/12/2015) Starting pitcher James Shields, who joined San Diego on a four-year, $75 million contract, said during a radio interview Thursday his decision came down to the Padres and Cubs, according to U-T San Diego. Shields' deal with San Diego also includes a team option for 2019.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Monday the Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, which included a vesting option, late in the process. However, Heyman said the Cubs weren't going to be able to offer Shields a deal in the mid-$70-million range after spending $175 million on starting pitchers this offseason.

The Marlins also offered Shields a three-year deal and a vesting option, per Heyman.

"At the beginning of the offseason, I'm watching the moves [general manager A.J. Preller] was making, and it's incredible the change and the willingness to win," Shields said during his introductory press conference with San Diego. "It's the fact that this organization is ready to win now, and that's what attracted me to the San Diego Padres."


Padres announce four-year deal with pitcher James Shields


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(2/11/2015) The Padres made it official Wednesday, announcing they've signed free-agent pitcher James Shields to a four-year contract with a team option for 2019. The deal is reportedly worth $75 million.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports the deal does not include a no-trade clause.

Shields, 33, went 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA in 34 starts for the Royals last season. He's the only pitcher in the majors throw at least 225 innings each of the last four years.

Shields picked San Diego over offers from the Cubs and Marlins, according to Heyman.


Marlins, Cubs offers not enough to land James Shields


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) The Marlins and Cubs both made offers to pitcher James Shields before the veteran pitcher agreed to a four-year deal with the Padres, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Heyman reports the Cubs offered Shields a three-year deal, which included a vesting option, late in the free-agent process. The Marlins also offered Shields a three-year deal and a vesting option.

Shields' deal with the Padres also includes an option year.


Padres, James Shields agree on four-year, $75M range


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman confirms a report the Padres have agreed on a four-year deal with pitcher James Shields.

The deal's worth $75 million and includes an option for a fifth season. Shields still needs to take a physical, which will likely push back the official announcement for a few days. 

The 33-year-old is coming off a season in which he posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings.

The move completes the Padres overhaul this offseason. The team completely revamped in the outfield, adding Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. Catcher Derek Norris and third baseman Will Middlebrooks also joined the club via trades.

Shields will join Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross and Ian Kennedy at the top of San Diego's rotation.

SB Nation first reported the Shields-Padres agreement.


Report: James Shields decision expected on Monday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/9/2015) Free-agent pitcher James Shields is expected to make his decision on Monday, according to Bleacher Report. 

Shields was expected to sign with a club either Sunday or Monday, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. The Padres were considered the favorite early on Sunday, with the Cubs seen as a possible threat. 

The 33-year-old Shields posted a 3.21 ERA over 227 innings with the Royals last season. It's believed Shields will earn close to $20 million annually with his new deal.