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James Shields | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (32) / 12/20/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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James Shields fanned 12 while surrendering just one run in eight innings to beat the Astros for his first win of the year on Thursday.
It was Shields' seventh career 12-strikeout game, but his first since he joined the Royals a year ago; his season high last year was 10 strikeouts. Shields gave up six unearned runs in his last start against the Twins, but outside of the one bad inning when all of them scored, he's been excellent through four starts, amassing a 2.00 ERA and a 26/6 K/BB ratio. Apr 17 - 11:53 PM

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James Shields was tagged for seven runs (one earned) in 5 2/3 innings Saturday in a loss to the Twins on Saturday.

The Twins scored six runs in the second inning thanks to a fielding error by Shields. He was all over the place during the outing, giving up six hits (including two home runs) and three walks while throwing 69 out of 115 pitches for strikes. At least fantasy owners can take solace in the fact that all but one of the runs were unearned. He'll look for some redemption when he faces the Twins again next week back in Kansas City.
Apr 12 - 5:06 PM

James Shields allowed one run over seven innings but took the tough-luck loss against the White Sox on Sunday.

Shields was locked in a pitcher's duel with Chris Sale for much of the day, and the right-hander came out on the wrong end after giving up a run in his final inning of work. In total, Shields allowed just five hits while striking out six. He now owns a 2.70 ERA and 0.82 WHIP but is still looking for his first win of 2014. He'll continue to search for it next week against the Twins.
Apr 6 - 6:04 PM

James Shields yielded three earned runs over 6 1/3 innings Monday in the Royals' loss to the Tigers.

Detroit didn't break through until the bottom of the ninth inning, so Shields was not charged with a loss. He gave up five hits and issued one walk while striking out three. Kansas City's ace will get the White Sox next.
Mar 31 - 4:20 PM

James Shields struggled in his final start of the spring, allowing seven runs in four innings against the Padres.

Shields allowed seven hits and walked two while striking out two. The right-hander was otherwise having a great spring, as the outing brought his ERA up to 4.74 from 2.61. Better to have a clunker at the end of spring training than at the start of the regular season. He'll pitch on Opening Day against the Tigers, opposite Justin Verlander.
Mar 26 - 5:06 PM

James Shields had a rough afternoon on Friday, giving up three home runs in a losing effort against the Reds.

Shields allowed five runs on six hits over his six innings of work. On the plus side, he was able to punch out six without issuing a walk in the game. Even with the rough start, the Royals ace owns a 2.61 ERA and outstanding 24/0 K/BB ratio in 20 2/3 spring innings.
Mar 21 - 10:19 PM

James Shields allowed one hit while striking out 10 over six innings against the Cubs on Saturday.

Shields has now allowed one run over 14 2/3 innings this spring. The right-hander is in line for a big season in his walk year, and he should be one of the most highly-sought-after free agent pitchers on the open market next winter. He’ll be the Royals’ ace in 2014 -- likely his final summer in Kansas City.
Mar 15 - 7:17 PM

James Shields allowed two runs (one earned) in 4 2/3 innings of work in Monday's start against the Mariners.

Recently given the Opening Day nod by manager Ned Yost, Shields continued his good spring, pitching into the fifth inning. The right-hander allowed five hits, didn't walk anyone, and struck out five. His Cactus League ERA is now 1.04 in 8 2/3 innings.
Mar 10 - 6:14 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball on Opening Day for the Royals.

The announcement was a mere formality, as Shields is clearly the ace of the Royals staff. Jason Vargas will work in game two for the Royals, with Jeremy Guthrie tabbed for the homer opener in the fourth game of the regular season.
Mar 8 - 11:02 AM

James Shields shut out the D'Backs over three innings in Wednesday's start.

Shields was solid, allowing just one hit while striking out three. The Royals' ace is in his walk year. A solid 2014 campaign could lead to a nice payday after the season. The right-hander led the league in innings pitched last season and posted a 3.15 ERA.
Mar 5 - 5:38 PM

James Shields told Jim Bowden of SiriusXM on Tuesday that he is not open to in-season contract negotiations.

Shields is currently scheduled to become a free agent five days after the 2014 World Series and the Royals haven't discussed any sort of long-term extension this spring with his agent. It sure looks like the 32-year-old right-hander is headed for the open market. Shields was 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.238 WHIP, and 196 strikeouts in 228 2/3 innings last season for Kansas City.
Mar 4 - 1:53 PM

James Shields worked a perfect inning against the Rangers in his Cactus League debut on Friday.

The veteran right-hander needed just 10 pitches to generate three easy groundballs in the short outing. Slated to again be a workhorse in the Royals rotation, Shields is a strong bet to exceed 200 strikeouts which makes him a strong second starter in fantasy drafts.
Feb 28 - 10:44 PM

Dick Kaegel of MLB.com reports that James Shields would be willing to discuss a contract extension to remain in Kansas City long-term.

The 32-year-old right-hander who came over in last year's Wil Myers trade, was the strong workhorse the Royals expected him to be in 2013, compiling a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 196/68 K/BB ratio over 228 2/3 innings. Set for free agency after the 2014 campaign, when asked about a potential extension Shields quipped, "Yeah, I'd definitely be open-minded to it, for sure." It would certainly be in the best interest of Dayton Moore and the Royals to get something done.
Source: MLB.com
Feb 2 - 9:37 PM

James Shields told Jim Bowden on Sirius XM that he hasn't had any discussions with the Royals about a contract extension, but is open to staying in Kansas City.

The 31-year-old right-hander went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 196/68 K/BB ratio over a league-high 228 2/3 innings during his first season with the Royals. He's slated to hit free agency after the 2014 season, so if the Royals are unable to work out an extension before the season, he could become a candidate to be traded at the deadline.
Fri, Nov 15, 2013 09:57:00 PM

Royals exercised RHP James Shields' $13.5 million club option for the 2014 season.

It was an easy decision for the Kansas City front office after Shields registered a 3.15 ERA and 196/68 K/BB ratio across 228 2/3 innings in 2013. He'll be the ace of the Royals' starting rotation again next season.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 02:06:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Brett Hayes
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Danny Valencia
LF1Alex Gordon
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
RF1Norichika Aoki
2Justin Maxwell
DH1Billy Butler
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Bruce Chen
5Yordano Ventura
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Tim Collins
4Kelvin Herrera
5Aaron Crow
6Louis Coleman
7Francisley Bueno
8Michael Mariot
9Danny Duffy
10Luke Hochevar
11Justin Marks