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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 Feldman's seventh career 12-strikeout game, but his first since he joined the Royals a year ago; his season high last year was 10 strikeouts. Feldman 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.

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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.

James Shields SP KC 12 Days

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.

James Shields SP KC 18 Days

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.

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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.

James Shields SP KC 28 Days

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.

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

Shields has now allowed one run over 14 2/3 innings 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 free agent market next winter. For now, he'll be the Royals' ace for another season.

James Shields SP KC 1 Month

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.

James Shields SP KC 1 Month

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.

James Shields SP KC 1 Month

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.