James Shields SP KC 7 Days

Shields took the loss Monday, allowing six runs in 6.1 innings against the Yankees.

Shields' bad start comes as a surprise, as the veteran righty had logged six straight quality starts and hadn't allowed more than three earned runs in a start since July 1. Shields will try to right the ship against the Indians his next time out.

James Shields SP KC 13 Days

Shields pitched six innings, allowing two runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out six batters before picking up his 12th win of the year (12-6)in Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

Shields has hit a groove at the same time his team is surging, as he has thrown six straight quality outings while having not allowing more than three earned runs in his last nine starts. As a result, Shields has lowered his ERA to 3.28 o the year. His next start is set for Monday at home against the Yankees.

James Shields SP KC 18 Days

Shields didn't factor into the decision Thursday after allowing three runs on seven hits over six innings in an eventual win over the A's.

Shields actually left trailing 3-2, but a five-run rally helped the Royals to their 18th win in 22 games. Nonetheless, it's his fifth straight quality start. He'll draw a home date with the Rockies on Tuesday.

James Shields SP KC 23 Days

Shields struck out five and walked one while tossing a complete game, four-hit shutout against the Giants on Saturday night.

While Shields only recorded four swinging-strikes in the outing, he consistently stayed ahead in the count (21-for-31 first-pitch strikes, 72 of his 109 pitches were strikes) and avoided costly mistakes. Shields will match up against the A's on Thursday in his next scheduled start.

James Shields SP KC 29 Days

Shields (10-6) was at his best in Sunday's victory over Oakland, allowing only four hits and two earned runs in eight innings of work.

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James Shields walked four while allowing two runs -- one earned -- over six innings in a loss to the Twins on Tuesday.

Shields also yielded six hits, so he was somewhat fortunate to escape without more damage. Even with some of the blemishes, the start was Shields' fourth quality start in his last five outings. He's 1-2 in that stretch, though, and 9-6 overall. The right-hander will carry a 3.50 ERA into Sunday's start at the Athletics.

James Shields SP KC 1 Month

James Shields held the White Sox to one run in seven innings Wednesday in a 2-1 Royals victory.

Shields was left with a no-decision because the Kansas City offense didn't break through for the lead until the top of the ninth inning. But the right-hander pitched really well, scattering six hits and a walk while striking out seven White Sox batters. He'll carry a 3.58 ERA and 1.27 WHIP into his next start at home against the Twins.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

James Shields held the Tigers to two runs over seven innings but took his fifth loss on Saturday.

Shields struck out eight and walked none in the sharp outing, but Kansas City's offense managed just one run of support. The right-hander heads into the All-Star break with a 9-5 record, 3.65 ERA, and 1.27 WHIP. He'll hope to be even better in the second half of 2014.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

James Shields shut out the Rays for seven innings, striking out 10 batters, in the Royals' 6-0 win Monday.

Now that's more like it. It's just the second time this season that Shields has gone without allowing a run, and it was also his second double-digit strikeout game. Going into this one, he had allowed 16 earned runs and struck out just 14 over 25 innings in his last four starts. Obviously, the Royals are hoping for many more outings like this in the second half of the season.

James Shields SP KC 2 Months

James Shields struggled again on Tuesday, allowing five runs -- four earned -- on nine hits in five innings in a loss to the Twins.

The start marked the third straight start that Shields has allowed at least four earned runs, and he really hasn't been himself since mid-May. He's generating a career-low 8.5 percent swinging strike percentage, and his 1.33 WHIP through 17 starts would be his worst since a forgettable 2010 season. It's not clear what's wrong, and unless it's physical the Royals will continue to run him out every fifth day in hopes he figures it out on his own. Perhaps that will happen in Monday's start at his former team, the Rays.