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James Shields allowed just two runs in seven innings but took the loss against the Astros on Wednesday.
Shields committed one mistake, a two-run homer by J.D. Martinez, but the Astros pitchers made it stand up to saddle Shields with his fifth loss. He was otherwise stellar, allowing seven hits while striking out seven on the night. Despite the 2-5 record, Shields has been as good as advertised for the Royals this season, now owning a 2.47 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP. He will get the Cardinals next.
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James Shields took a complete-game loss after giving up two runs in eight innings Friday against the A's.
Shields struck out nine, matching his season high. Unfortunately, he gave up his fifth and sixth homers of the season. Shields dropped to 2-4 on the season. The Royals have scored a total of five runs in his four losses.
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James Shields pitched very well in a losing effort against the Yankees on Saturday, allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits over eight innings of work.
Shields struck out five and walked two in the ballgame. Aside from an unearned run in the first inning, the only damage against him was a two-run homer from Vernon Wells in the third inning. His 2-3 record certainly doesn't do him any justice, as Shields has been tremendous this season. He owns a 2.48 ERA, 0.97 WHIP and 53/14 K/BB ratio through his first 58 innings. He'll look to get back in the win column when he does battle against the Athletics in Oakland on Friday.
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James Shields allowed just two hits in eight scoreless innings against the White Sox on Monday, but got stuck with a no-decision in Kansas City's 2-1, 10-inning loss.
Shields struck out nine and walked two as he lowered his ERA and WHIP to 2.52 and 0.96, respectively. Shields is doing exactly what he was acquired to do, but has just a 2-2 record to show for it through seven starts thanks to the Royals' uneven offense. Big Game James will bring a 48/12 K/BB ratio (50 IP) into his Saturday start against the Yankees.
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James Shields allowed only two runs in seven innings, leading the Royals to a 8-2 win over the Rays on Tuesday.
Shields got back at his former team by allowing just five hits over seven frames, striking out seven. Shields has now posted a quality start in five of his six outings with a 3.00 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He'll take the mound next against the White Sox on Sunday.
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James Shields pitched eight strong innings Thursday, holding the Tigers to three runs on five hits and three walks in the 8-3 extra innings victory.
He whiffed four and threw 109 pitches on the day. Shields exited with the game tied, and the Royals eventually pulled out the win with a five-run outburst in the 10th. Though he's registered just one win so far, Shields boasts a nice 3.09 ERA and 1.09 WHIP in his first five starts. He'll face his former team, the Rays, for the first time next week.
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James Shields tossed six innings of one-run ball Saturday in a no-decision against the Red Sox.
Shields was in line for the victory until Kelvin Herrera gave up a three-run homer to Daniel Nava in the bottom of the eighth. He allowed four hits and three walks on the afternoon while matching a season-high with eight strikeouts. While Shields only has one win thus far, he owns a quality 3.00 ERA and 28/6 K/BB ratio over 27 innings. The Royals and fantasy owners have to be pretty pleased with the early returns.