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|Oct. 31 12:14 PM PT1:14 PM MT2:14 PM CT3:14 PM ET15:14 ET19:14 GMT3:14 CST12:14 PM MST2:14 PM EST2:44 PM VEN23:14 UAE1:14 PM CT-The Kansas City Royals have exercised their $13.5 million option on right-hander James Shields for 2014 after he anchored one of the league's best starting rotations last season. The decision Thursday to exercise Shields' option, which needed to be made within three days of the end of the World Series, was mostly a formality.
Analysis: Shields, acquired last offseason in a trade from Tampa Bay, went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA and an AL-leading 228 2-3 innings. He was especially good after the All-Star break, going 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA to help the Royals get into playoff contention. Kansas City went 43-27 after the break to finish 86-76, its best record since 1989.
|Sep. 17 11:17 AM PT12:17 PM MT1:17 PM CT2:17 PM ET14:17 ET18:17 GMT2:17 CST11:17 AM MST1:17 PM EST1:47 PM VEN22:17 UAE1:17 PM CT-Shields struck out a season-high 10 in Monday's win for the Royals (79-71), who moved within 2 1/2 games of the AL's second wild-card berth.
Analysis: Shields is 6-1 with a 3.23 ERA in his last eight starts.
|Aug. 28 11:19 AM PT12:19 PM MT1:19 PM CT2:19 PM ET14:19 ET18:19 GMT2:19 CST11:19 AM MST1:19 PM EST1:49 PM VEN22:19 UAE1:19 PM CT-Shields picked up his ninth win in Kansas City's 6-1 victory over Minnesota on Tuesday, yielding one run and four hits over 7 1-3 innings and striking out seven.
Analysis: Shields is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in four starts since surrendering a season-high seven runs in a 7-0 loss to the Twins on Aug. 6.
|Aug. 17 4:12 PM PT5:12 PM MT6:12 PM CT7:12 PM ET19:12 ET23:12 GMT7:12 CST4:12 PM MST6:12 PM EST6:42 PM VEN3:12 UAE (+1)6:12 PM CT-Shields allowed three hits in seven scoreless innings and was part of a combined four-hit shutout in Kansas City's 3-0 win over the Detroit Tigers on Friday night to give the Royals a sweep of a day-night doubleheader.
Analysis: Shields continued his domination on the road, where he's gone 5-0 with a 2.11 ERA during a six-start stretch.
|Aug. 12 12:49 PM PT1:49 PM MT2:49 PM CT3:49 PM ET15:49 ET19:49 GMT3:49 CST12:49 PM MST2:49 PM EST3:19 PM VEN23:49 UAE2:49 PM CT-Shields pitched seven strong innings as the Kansas City Royals beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 on Sunday.
Analysis: Shields (7-8), who had not won at Kauffman Stadium since an April 30 victory over Tampa Bay, limited the Red Sox to three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked three.
|Aug. 7 11:58 AM PT12:58 PM MT1:58 PM CT2:58 PM ET14:58 ET18:58 GMT2:58 CST11:58 AM MST1:58 PM EST2:28 PM VEN22:58 UAE1:58 PM CT-Shields endured one of his worst outings of the season in a 7-0 loss to Minnesota on Tuesday.
Analysis: Shields (6-8, 3.36 ERA) gave up seven runs, eight hits and three homers in six innings. He was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in his previous five outings, including a 7-2 win over the Twins on Thursday.
|Aug. 2 2:18 PM PT3:18 PM MT4:18 PM CT5:18 PM ET17:18 ET21:18 GMT5:18 CST2:18 PM MST4:18 PM EST4:48 PM VEN1:18 UAE (+1)4:18 PM CT-Shields cruised Thursday in a 7-2 rout of Minnesota.
Analysis: Shields gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings for the Royals, who swept the three-game series and are showing potential to be a factor late in the season. That could mean more wins for the pitcher known as 'Big Game James.'
|July 27 1:06 PM PT2:06 PM MT3:06 PM CT4:06 PM ET16:06 ET20:06 GMT4:06 CST1:06 PM MST3:06 PM EST3:36 PM VEN0:06 UAE (+1)3:06 PM CT-Shields cruised to victory Friday in a 5-1 win over the ChiSox.
Analysis: Shields tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed eight hits and walked two but faced only one real scoring threat, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. He lowered his ERA to 3.09 and has been especially effective on the road, where he improved to 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 12 starts.
|July 22 1:11 PM PT2:11 PM MT3:11 PM CT4:11 PM ET16:11 ET20:11 GMT4:11 CST1:11 PM MST3:11 PM EST3:41 PM VEN0:11 UAE (+1)3:11 PM CT-Shields was on the short end of a 4-1 loss to Detroit on Sunday.
Analysis: Shields, who has won only one of 10 home starts, gave up three runs on nine hits, while striking out six in seven innings.
|July 10 9:12 AM PT10:12 AM MT11:12 AM CT12:12 PM ET12:12 ET16:12 GMT0:12 CST9:12 AM MST11:12 AM EST11:42 AM VEN20:12 UAE11:12 AM CT-Shields gave up five hits - including three consecutive singles to start the game, and four in the first overall - in seven innings of Tuesday's 3-1 win over the Yankees. He struck out five, walked two and retired his final 13 batters.
Analysis: Shields had won just once in his previous 12 starts, and came in with a losing record despite a 3.23 ERA and ranking among the AL leaders in several pitching categories.
|June 29 2:42 PM PT3:42 PM MT4:42 PM CT5:42 PM ET17:42 ET21:42 GMT5:42 CST2:42 PM MST4:42 PM EST5:12 PM VEN1:42 UAE (+1)4:42 PM CT-Shields threw six solid innings in the Royals' 9-3 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday.
Analysis: Shields (3-6) earned his 90th career win, although it was his first in 11 starts.
|June 24 2:04 PM PT3:04 PM MT4:04 PM CT5:04 PM ET17:04 ET21:04 GMT5:04 CST2:04 PM MST4:04 PM EST4:34 PM VEN1:04 UAE (+1)4:04 PM CT-He departed Sunday's 7-6 win over the Chicago White Sox without finishing six innings for the first time since last July 15 against Boston, a span of 30 consecutive starts.
Analysis: The former All-Star hasn't won in his last 10 outings.
|June 18 11:32 AM PT12:32 PM MT1:32 PM CT2:32 PM ET14:32 ET18:32 GMT2:32 CST11:32 AM MST1:32 PM EST2:02 PM VEN22:32 UAE1:32 PM CT-Shields went six innings but got another hard-luck no-decision in Monday's 2-1 win over Cleveland.
Analysis: Shields is 0-0 with a 2.00 ERA in four June starts.
|June 8 2:21 PM PT3:21 PM MT4:21 PM CT5:21 PM ET17:21 ET21:21 GMT5:21 CST2:21 PM MST4:21 PM EST4:51 PM VEN1:21 UAE (+1)4:21 PM CT-Shields did not get a decision in Friday's 4-2 win over Houston.
Analysis: Shields allowed nine hits and three walks in his seven innings but failed to win for the seventh straight start. He hasn't picked up a win since April 30 against Tampa Bay, even though he's only allowed more than two earned runs once over that span.
|June 2 2:22 PM PT3:22 PM MT4:22 PM CT5:22 PM ET17:22 ET21:22 GMT5:22 CST2:22 PM MST4:22 PM EST4:52 PM VEN1:22 UAE (+1)4:22 PM CT-Shields was outstanding in Kansas City's 4-1, 10-inning win over Texas on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields, who had lost his last four starts, allowed one run in seven innings as he looked to win for the first time since April 30. He gave up five hits, struck out five and walked one.
|May 28 10:03 AM PT11:03 AM MT12:03 PM CT1:03 PM ET13:03 ET17:03 GMT1:03 CST10:03 AM MST12:03 PM EST12:33 PM VEN21:03 UAE12:03 PM CT-Shields allowed a season-high six runs and nine hits over six innings during Monday's 6-3 loss to St. Louis.
Analysis: Shields has now lost four consecutive starts. He's 2-6 on the season despite a solid 2.96 ERA.
|May 18 4:45 PM PT5:45 PM MT6:45 PM CT7:45 PM ET19:45 ET23:45 GMT7:45 CST4:45 PM MST6:45 PM EST7:15 PM VEN3:45 UAE (+1)6:45 PM CT-Shields went all eight innings, giving up two runs and six hits in Kansas City's 2-1 loss at Oakland on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields' tough luck continues despite his second complete game of the season. He's received two runs of support or fewer in four of his last six starts, a big reason for his record of 2-4 despite a 2.45 ERA.
|May 12 11:09 AM PT12:09 PM MT1:09 PM CT2:09 PM ET14:09 ET18:09 GMT2:09 CST11:09 AM MST1:09 PM EST1:39 PM VEN22:09 UAE1:09 PM CT-Shields went down to defeat in a 3-2 loss to the Yanks on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields is dealing with tough luck. Shields wound up going eight innings for the third time in his last four outings, and each of those times he's failed to pick up the win. He dropped to 7-15 in his career against New York. Fantasy owners need to stay the course and hope to reap some rewards eventually.
|May 7 1:17 PM PT2:17 PM MT3:17 PM CT4:17 PM ET16:17 ET20:17 GMT4:17 CST1:17 PM MST3:17 PM EST3:47 PM VEN0:17 UAE (+1)3:17 PM CT-Shields struck out a season-high nine over eight shutout innings in Monday's 2-1, 11-inning loss to the Chicago White Sox.
Analysis: Shields (2-2) now owns a 2.52 ERA and sparkling 0.96 WHIP. The wins figure to come sooner than later if he can keep it up.
|May 1 12:21 PM PT1:21 PM MT2:21 PM CT3:21 PM ET15:21 ET19:21 GMT3:21 CST12:21 PM MST2:21 PM EST2:51 PM VEN23:21 UAE2:21 PM CT-Shields struck out seven while allowing two runs and five hits over seven innings Tuesday, getting the win against his former team as the Royals took a 8-2 victory over the Rays.
Analysis: The win saw Shields improve to 2-2 and shrink his ERA slightly to 3.00.
|Apr. 14 2:46 PM PT3:46 PM MT4:46 PM CT5:46 PM ET17:46 ET21:46 GMT5:46 CST2:46 PM MST4:46 PM EST5:16 PM VEN1:46 UAE (+1)4:46 PM CT-Shields tossed a complete game, but took the 3-2 loss against Toronto on Saturday.
Analysis: Shields allowed three runs and only two hits. He struck out six and fell to 1-2 with a 3.43 ERA.
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|2007||TB||12||8||0 - 0||31||31||1||215.0||202||98||92||28||36||0||184||1.11||3.85||$248.00|
|2008||TB||14||8||0 - 0||33||33||3||215.0||208||94||85||24||40||0||160||1.15||3.56||$236.00|
|2009||TB||11||12||0 - 0||33||33||0||219.2||239||113||101||29||52||1||167||1.32||4.14||$195.17|
|2010||TB||13||15||0 - 0||34||33||0||203.1||246||128||117||34||51||2||187||1.46||5.18||$189.83|
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