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Shields will start the wild-card game against the Athletics, Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star reports.

Shields was expected to start the game for the Royals, and that will be the case. He will face Jon Lester on Tuesday in Kansas City for the chance to move into the ALDS against the Angels. He owns a 14-8 record with a 3.41 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 180 strikeouts over 227 innings heading into the postseason.

James Shields SP SD 5 Months

Shields allowed three runs on five hits and two walks in six innings Thursday against the White Sox to wrap up his regular season.

With this no-decision, Shields finishes 14-8 with a 3.21 ERA and 1.18 WHIP, although his performance this year was much spottier than those numbers make it sound. Nonetheless, the Royals will be leaning on him in the playoffs, assuming they hold onto their wild-card spot.

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Shields took a no-decision Monday, allowing three runs in seven innings against the White Sox.

The three runs were the first allowed by Shields this month, as the righty tossed 15.1 scoreless innings in his first two starts of September. Shields' 10 hits allowed were as many as he's surrendered in his last three starts combined. He'll carry a 3.15 ERA into his next start against the Tigers.

James Shields SP SD 6 Months

Shields struck out eight and walked one while giving up just two hits over seven scoreless innings Wednesday to earn his 14th win of the season.

The start was a gem for the Royals, who picked up a much-needed win over the Tigers on Wednesday. Shields is lined up for a pair of home starts next week, beginning Monday against the White Sox before another turn against the Tigers on September 21.

James Shields SP SD 6 Months

Shields was masterful Friday night, hurling 8.2 shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out six against the Yankees in a 1-0 Royals victory.

Locked in a pitcher's duel with Michael Pineda, Shields (13-7, 3.23 ERA) was in command throughout as he needed just 97 pitches (68 for strikes) to record 25 outs. He'll face the division-rival Tigers in Detroit next time out.

James Shields SP SD 6 Months

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 SD 6 Months

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.

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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 SD 7 Months

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 SD 7 Months

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.