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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 revealed Monday that he passed a kidney stone during the ALCS.
Shields began feeling pain on October 12, and it made the Royals' decision to start Jason Vargas instead of Shields on regular rest in Game 4 on October 15 an easy one. He underwent a CT scan to determine the source of his discomfort but by then the team deduced he had already passed the stone. "It was excruciating pain," Shields said. "I wasn’t feeling good." Shields will get the ball in Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday. Oct 20 - 6:41 PM

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Royals manager announced Saturday that James Shields will get the ball for Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants.

No surprises here, as Big Game James is the true ace of the Royals staff. Yordano Ventura will follow him in Game 2 with Jason Vargas and Jeremy Guthrie likely to follow in the next two contests.
Oct 18 - 3:06 PM

Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports that while the Royals will attempt to re-sign impending free agent James Shields, "it is not hopeful."

Major league sources told Martino that they're expecting a team like the Red Sox to offer Shields a 4-5 year deal, and he says it's "difficult to imagine the Royals matching such an offer." It's no surprise, as Shields would presumably have to take a discount to stay in Kansas City. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported earlier this month that Shields should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact.
Oct 16 - 9:57 PM

Royals manager Ned Yost indicated that James Shields could start Game 4 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Shields, who gave up four runs over five innings in Game 1, would be going on normal rest. However, Yost could decide to give him an extra day and hold him back until a potential Game 5 on Thursday. Jason Vargas is the alternative to start Game 4.
Oct 13 - 4:57 PM

James Shields lasted just five innings in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Orioles on Friday, allowing four runs on 10 hits in the process.

Shields struck out three and walked one on the evening. Once again, he failed to live up to his "Big Game James" moniker, even after being staked to an early 4-0 lead. The O’s fought back with a run in the third and three more in the fourth inning, highlighted by a two-out, two-run single by Ryan Flaherty. The Royals will hand the ball to Yordano Ventura for Game 2 on Saturday as the Royals look to take a commanding lead in the best-of-seven series.
Oct 11 - 1:01 AM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Red Sox are the "early favorites" to sign impending free agent James Shields.

Yes, Shields is just a few hours away from starting Game 1 of the ALCS, but we're already talking about where he might sign this winter. For what it's worth, Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald has written that "the pitching-needy Sox will undoubtedly try to lure Shields," so it does appear the big right-hander will be at or near the top of the Red Sox' wish list this offseason. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported Thursday that the Royals will attempt to re-sign Shields, who he says should get a deal similar to Anibal Sanchez's five-year, $80 million pact.
Oct 10 - 9:44 AM

The Royals are expected to make a run at re-signing James Shields, a source tells Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Shields is one of the premier starting pitchers set to hit the free agent market, but the Royals indicated to Shields' agent at the trade deadline that they were prepared to offer him a multi-year deal this winter. An unnamed general manager told Heyman he thinks Shields will get somewhere in the neighborhood of Anibal Sanchez' five-year, $80 million deal. The Red Sox and Dodgers, among others, may also be in play for the 32-year-old.
Oct 8 - 11:45 PM

James Shields will start for the Royals in Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday night against the Orioles.

The Royals swept the Angels in the ALDS, so they have the luxury of setting up their ALCS rotation however they please. And it'll be "Big Game James" kicking things off Friday at Camden Yards. Shields surrendered four runs in the American League Wild Card Game and was far from dominant in ALDS Game 3, but he is Kansas City's ace and will try to neutralize the dangerous Orioles attack.
Oct 6 - 2:21 PM

James Shields pitched the Royals to their first ALCS since 1985, allowing two runs on six hits over six frames in Sunday's victory over the Angels in Game 3 of the ALDS.

Shields racked up six strikeouts on the evening while walking two. He didn't have his best stuff with him in this one, but found a way get the job done regardless. With a long layoff before the Royals open up their Championship Series against the Orioles, Royals skipper Ned Yost will have an opportunity to set his rotation however he desires, with Big Game James likely to toe the slab in one of the first few contests.
Oct 5 - 11:30 PM

James Shields allowed four runs over five innings in the Royals' 9-8 extra-innings victory over the Athletics in Tuesday's Wild Card Game.

Shields served up a two-run shot to Brandon Moss in the first inning but then held the A's off the scoreboard for the next four frames. However, manager Ned Yost elected to pull him after a single and a walk to start off the sixth, and Yordano Ventura promptly gave up a gopher ball to Moss. The Royals battled back to tie it in the ninth and eventually won it on a walk-off single from Salvador Perez in the 12th. Shields will likely start Game 3 of the ALDS against the Angels on Sunday.
Oct 1 - 1:34 AM

Royals manager Ned Yost officially announced Sunday that James Shields would start for the Royals in Tuesday's Wild Card Game against the Athletics.

"Big Game James" had been tabbed to work a potential Game 163 had the Royals and Tigers tied for the Central Division crown. Now instead he'll go on Tuesday on regular rest. He has actually been significantly better on the road this season, with a 4-6 record, 3.51 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, and 76/17 K/BB ratio over 102 2/3 innings in 15 starts at Kauffmann Stadium this season. The game will be played in KC.
Sep 28 - 9:17 PM

James Shields yielded three runs over six innings en route to a no-decision as the Royals picked up a win against the White Sox on Thursday.

Two of the three runs scored on Josh Phegley's two-run home run in the second inning. Overall, Shields relented five hits and a pair of walks while striking out four in his final start of the regular season. He's done well for the Royals in 2014, going 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and a 180/44 K/BB ratio. In the likely event the Royals clinch the second Wild Card, Shields will oppose Jon Lester of the Athletics to kick off the American League side of post-season play.
Sep 25 - 11:52 PM

James Shields delivered a quality start in Saturday’s loss to the Tigers, surrendering three runs on six hits over 6 2/3 innings.

Shields racked up six strikeouts on the afternoon while walking just one. He was engaged in a pitcher’s duel most of the day with Max Scherzer until the Tigers put together a pair of two-out RBI singles in the seventh inning to go on top. Shields will carry a 3.18 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 176/42 K/BB ratio into his start against the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday.
Sep 20 - 4:37 PM

James Shields tossed seven shutout innings against the Tigers on Wednesday, helping the Royals move back into first place in the AL Central.

They call him "Big Game James" for a reason. With the Royals attempting to reach the post-season for the first time since 1985, Shields backed up his 8 1/3 scoreless innings from last Friday with seven strong, scoreless innings against the Tigers. He limited them to just two hits and a walk while fanning eight. Now with a 3.13 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 164/41 K/BB ratio, Shields will match up against the White Sox at home on Monday.
Sep 10 - 11:18 PM

James Shields pitched eight and a third innings of shutout ball in the Royals' 1-0 win over the Yankees on Friday.

Shields lived up to his moniker in this one. He needed just 97 pitches to reach the ninth, striking out six and walking none on his way to his thirteenth win of the year. The start also pushed Shields over 200 innings pitched on the season. Shields' rookie season in 2006 is the only one in which he has failed to surpass that innings mark. This outing was a considerable improvement over Shields' last start against the Yankees on August 25th, when he allowed six runs on ten hits in a six inning slog. For the year, he holds a 3.32 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 150/40 K/BB ratio. He'll face the Tigers in his next start.
Sep 5 - 10:02 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Salvador Perez
2Erik Kratz
3Francisco Peña
1B1Eric Hosmer
2B1Omar Infante
2Johnny Giavotella
SS1Alcides Escobar
3B1Mike Moustakas
2Jayson Nix
3Christian Colon
LF1Alex Gordon
2Terrance Gore
CF1Lorenzo Cain
2Jarrod Dyson
3Lane Adams
RF1Norichika Aoki
DH1Billy Butler
2Josh Willingham
3Raul Ibanez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Jason Vargas
3Jeremy Guthrie
4Yordano Ventura
5Danny Duffy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Greg Holland
2Wade Davis
3Kelvin Herrera
4Jason Frasor
5Francisley Bueno
6Scott Downs
7Louis Coleman
8Brandon Finnegan
9Casey Coleman
10Aaron Crow
11Liam Hendriks
12Michael Mariot
13Luke Hochevar