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James Shields | Starting Pitcher

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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James Shields was effective in Sunday's win versus the Phillies, firing seven innings of one-run ball.
Shields allowed six hits and a walk while striking out eight. The only run came on a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning. The right-hander picked up his 10th win with the effort, and now has a 3.78 ERA with a 1.31 WHIP and a 184/61 K/BB ratio in 171 1/3 innings. Shields will host the Dodgers in his next start. Aug 30 - 4:54 PM

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James Shields was handed the loss on Tuesday after serving up five runs in 5 2/3 innings to the Nationals.

Shields allowed a two-run home run to Wilson Ramos in the second inning, then RBI doubles in the third and fifth innings. In the sixth, he allowed a two-out single before departing, and that runner would later score on a grand slam. Overall, the right-hander gave up eight hits and four walks while striking out two. If the season ended today, Shields' 3.89 ERA would be his highest since 2010 when he was with the Rays. He'll try to rebound in Philadelphia against the Phillies next.
Aug 25 - 10:35 PM

James Shields picked up the win on Tuesday, hurling six shutout innings in Tuesday's 9-0 trampling of the Braves.

Shields scattered five hits and two walks, striking out seven in the effort. He threw only 95 pitches, but wasn't allowed to take the mound in the seventh. The right-hander has been solid in seven second-half starts, posting an even 3.00 ERA. Overall, Shields owns a 3.74 ERA with a 1.29 WHIP and a 174/56 K/BB ratio over 158 2/3 innings. He'll face the Nationals in a road start next week.
Aug 19 - 1:32 AM

James Shields surrendered five earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Reds.

Shields put the Friars in a hole right away in the top of the first inning, allowing a Joey Votto RBI single and a two-run Jay Bruce triple. The right-hander then balked in a run in the top of the third inning and he was charged with his fifth run in the top of the seventh when Todd Frazier hit a sacrifice fly off Shawn Kelley. Shields now owns a 3.89 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in 25 starts with San Diego.
Aug 12 - 6:47 PM

James Shields gave up three runs -- all coming on solo homers -- over 6 2/3 innings Friday against the Phillies.

Despite pitching in the NL and in Petco Park, Shields has given up more homers (24) in 146 1/3 innings this year than he did in 227 innings last year (23) or in 228 2/3 innings in 2013 (20). His strikeout rate is as strong as it's ever been, and he's not giving up a ton of hits, even with the poor outfield behind him. However, the homers have doomed him to mediocrity this season.
Aug 8 - 2:46 AM

James Shields pitched well in earning a no-decision against the Marlins on Sunday, yielding two runs on five hits over six innings.

Shields struck out four and walked two in the contest. Both runs against him scored in the first inning, when he allowed an RBI double to Miguel Rojas and a sacrifice fly to Derek Dietrich. The veteran right-hander boasts a 3.74 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 152/49 K/BB ratio in 139 2/3 innings. Up next on the schedule, a home outing against the Phillies.
Aug 2 - 4:27 PM

James Shields allowed three runs in seven innings, taking a loss on Tuesday versus the Mets.

Shields allowed a two-run home run to Lucas Duda in the first inning, then got his act together and kept the Mets scoreless the rest of the way. He took the mound to begin the eighth, but allowed a leadoff double to Juan Lagares before being lifted. Shawn Kelly then allowed a two-run home run to Curtis Granderson. Shields yielded seven hits overall, walked none, and struck out four. A candidate to be moved by the July 31 trade deadline, the right-hander has a 3.77 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a 148/47 K/BB ratio over 133 2/3 innings. He'll match up with the Marlins in Miami next.
Jul 28 - 9:41 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, some teams believe James Shields would go unclaimed on waivers in August.

The reason being is that Shields still three years and $65 million on his contract. While the veteran right-hander could be traded by Friday's trade deadline, a deal could still happen in August.
Jul 28 - 10:52 AM

Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Padres are pushing hard to deal some of their large contracts before the trade deadline.

The team is already likely to move impending free agents Justin Upton, Will Venable and Ian Kennedy, but according to league sources they're trying everything they can to move James Shields, Andrew Cashner and Craig Kimbrel as well. Look for A.J. Preller to be a very busy man this week.
Source: CBS Sports
Jul 26 - 10:35 PM

ESPN's Jayson Stark was told by rival clubs that the Padres "really want to move" James Shields and Andrew Cashner.

They're listening on Tyson Ross, as well, but Ross is cheaper and under team control through 2017, so the club is probably more inclined to hang on to him. Ian Kennedy has been mentioned in trade rumors, too, as far as the Padres' rotation goes. Shields, 33, is in the first season of a four-year, $75 million contract and has posted a 3.77 ERA with 144 strikeouts over 126 2/3 innings this season. Cashner holds a 4.10 ERA with 97 whiffs over 109 2/3 frames and is arbitration-eligible for a final time this winter.
Jul 24 - 12:21 PM

James Shields struck out seven over five scoreless innings but didn't factor in the decision Wednesday against the Giants.

Shields left with a tenuous 1-0 lead that quickly went away, saddling him with a no-decision. He allowed just three hits while walking three in the outing. Missing out on the victory means Shields remains 8-3 with a 3.77 ERA, 1.32 WHIP and 144/47 K/BB ratio through 21 starts. An attractive matchup at the Mets on Tuesday is up next.
Jul 22 - 7:04 PM

James Shields held the Rockies to one run over five innings in improving to 8-3 on Friday.

Shields allowed seven hits and walked four, but only Charlie Blackmon's homer did any damage at all. Still, this isn't the kind of outing that's going to help his trade value at all should the Padres seek to move him. The victory was his first since June 3.
Jul 18 - 1:36 AM

According to Peter Gammons, the Padres have spoken to other clubs to gauge the possible trade interest in James Shields.

The Padres currently sit at 39-49, eight and a half games behind the Dodgers in the National League West and would have to jump several clubs to get in Wild Card contention. The 33-year-old right-hander is in the first year of a four-year, $75 million contract and would be difficult to move unless the Padres were willing to eat some salary in the deal.
Jul 11 - 9:04 AM

James Shields allowed only two hits and a lone unearned run in seven innings, but took a no-decision as the Padres lost a pitcher's duel to the Pirates on Monday.

The lone run came around in the second inning when Andrew McCutchen doubled and later scored on a Yangervis Solarte throwing error. Along with two mere hits, Shields walked one and struck out three. The effort deflates his ERA to 3.88 with a 1.27 WHIP and a 126/36 K/BB ratio in 111 1/3 innings. Shields will close out the first half with a road match-up against the Rangers.
Jul 6 - 10:42 PM

James Shields allowed two earned runs over 6 2/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Mariners.

Shields didn't pitch horribly, fanning seven and yielding only four hits in a start that lasted into the seventh, but he was thoroughly out-dueled by Mariners youngster Taijuan Walker. Shields now stands 7-3 with a 4.14 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 123/35 K/BB ratio in 104 1/3 innings this season. He'll get the Pirates on the road next.
Jul 1 - 6:51 PM

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C1Derek Norris
2Austin Hedges
3Rocky Gale
1B1Yonder Alonso
2B1Jedd Gyorko
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Yangervis Solarte
2Cory Spangenberg
LF1Justin Upton
CF1Wil Myers
2Travis Jankowski
3Melvin Upton
RF1Matt Kemp
2Alex Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Colin Rea
6Brandon Morrow
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Joaquin Benoit
3Shawn Kelley
4Brandon Maurer
5Marc Rzepczynski
6Marcos Mateo
7Kevin Quackenbush
8Odrisamer Despaigne
9Bud Norris
10Nick Vincent
11Jon Edwards