James Anthony Shields…he and his wife , Ryane, live in Racho Santa Fe, Calif. with their two daughters, Ashton and Camden…attended Hart High School in Santa Clarita, Calif.…named the Los Angeles Times Valley Player of the Year in 1999, his junior season after leading Hart High to the Division II championship...was 11-0 with a 2.35 ERA, striking out 123 batters in 71.1 IP...also batted .478 with a then school-record 11 HR and 45 RBI...was offered a full scholarship to Louisiana State University, but turned it down to sign with the Rays…is cousins with former Major League outfielder Aaron Rowand…he and his wife, Ryane, are actively involved in providing support and assistance to foster children...for his efforts with foster kids, Shields was the Rays recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011…in February, 2012, Shields received the Champion for Youth Award from the Clearwater (Fla.) for Youth organization…was originally signed by Rays scout Fred Repke.
Made 34 regular season starts for the Kansas City Royals for a second consecutive season, tied for the Major League lead… his 227.0 innings were the fourth-most in the American League...Topped 200.0 innings for the eighth consecutive season, joining Mark Buerhle-TOR and Justin Verlander-DET as the only pitchers in baseball to accomplish this feat…leads all pitchers with 1785.2 innings since the start of 2007, just ahead of Felix Hernandez-SEA (1785.1) and Verlander (1780.2)...Led the AL with 10 road wins, going 10-2 with a 2.97 ERA…since the start of 2013, is 20-5 on the road, tied for the second-highest win total in Major League Baseball in that time (Adam Wainwright, 21)...Recorded a 2.45 ERA over his final 16 starts, holding batters to a .231 average, posting a 6-4 record...Finished sixth in the AL with 1.74 walks per 9.0 innings, his lowest rate since 2008 and nearly a walk lower than 2013 (2.68)...Had a career-long streak of 18.1 consecutive innings without allowing a run from the fifth inning on 8/30 vs. CLE through 9/10 at DET...Posted his ninth career shutout on 8/9 vs. SF…among active pitchers, his shutout total ranks tied for sixth-most...Made his sixth Opening Day start on 3/31 at DET…became the 12th pitcher in Royals franchise history to make multiple Opening Day starts...Made five postseason starts for the Royals, going 1-2 with a 6.12 ERA with seven walks and 20 strikeouts...his 20 strikeouts were tied with teammate Wade Davis for the most by a Royals pitcher in a single postseason…earned his lone win in Game 3 of the ALDS vs. LAA, pitching 6.0 innings and allowed two runs on six hits in KC's 8-3 win.
James put together an outstanding campaign in his first year with the Royals, leading the American League in innings pitched (228.2) and quality starts (27)...also tied for the league lead in games started (34), which was a career high... His 27 quality starts were tied for third-most in a season by a Royal (Paul Spittorff, 1978), and the most since Kevin Appier recorded 29 in 1993... Garnered the Joe Burke Special Achievement Award by the Kansas City Chapter of the BBWAA... Ranked seventh in the A.L. in strikeouts (196) and eighth in ERA (3.15)...his strikeout total was the most by a Royals' pitcher since Zack Grienke fanned 242 in his Cy Youngseason of 2009... Posted a 9-3 mark with a 3.06 ERA and 80 strikeouts in 94.0innings after the All-Star break...his nine wins after the break were the most in the A.L., and tied with St. Louis' Joe Kellyand Atlanta's Kris Medlen for most in the Majors... Recorded the A.L.'s top road ERA (2.07), going 10-3 and held opponents to a .224 average away from home... His 10 road victories were tied for second in MLB, behind the Angels' C.J. Wilson (11)...they were also the most by a Royals pitcher since Tim Belcher's 10 road wins in 1998... Won his final seven road starts (July 26-September 27) and nine-straight decisions dating back to June 28 at Target Field...did not lose a decision away from "The K" after a 3-1 setback in Houston on May 22... Made his fifth Opening Day start on April 1 at U.S. Cellular Field...he previously started on Opening Day in 2008-10 and2012 with Tampa Bay... Earned first win over the Rays, 8-2, on April 30, allowing two runs on seven hits over 7.0 innings... Snapped a streak of 29-straight starts (15 with KC) going 6.0 innings or more on June 23 vs. the White Sox, working just 5.0 frames... Named Royals' Pitcher of the Month for both August and September, going 4-1 in each...allowed one run or less insix of his fnal nine starts...went 6-1 with a 2.66 ERA (18 ER in 61.0 IP) after August 11... Posted a season-high 10 strikeouts in two of his last three starts, vs. Cleveland (September 16) and at the White Sox(September 27)... Earned his 100th career victory in his final start, September 27 at Chicago...his 100 career wins are tied for 34th among all active pitchers... Tossed two complete games (both losses), vs. Toronto on April 13 and at Oakland, May 17... Picked off three baserunners, giving him 27 for his career...since the start of 2006, his 27 picks are tied for fifth in the Majors and are the most by a right-handed pitcher in that span.
James signed a four-year deal on January 23,
2008 plus three one-year club options worth a
guaranteed $11.25 million...he has a chance
to earn as much as $44 million over the potential
seven-year deal...the contract calls him to
donate up to $650,000 to the Rays Baseball
Foundation that supports youth and education
programs in Tampa Bay region.
The Rays Opening Day starter spent his second
full season in the majors and, at age 26,
was the senior member of the starting rotation.
Tied the franchise record with his 14th win on
Sep 23 at BAL in the first game of the doubleheader...
the record was originally established
by Rolando Arrojo in 1998...on the final day
of the season, Sep 28 at DET, Edwin Jackson
notched win No. 14 to tie Shields and Arrojo.
Worked 215.0 innings, which ranked 6th in the
AL, matching his 2007 IP total exactly...became
the first pitcher in Rays history with a pair
of 200-IP seasons...his 2007 and 2008 totals
ranked tied for 2nd in club history, 9.0 IP behind
Tanyon Sturtze's club record of 224.0 in 2002.
The only AL pitcher with more IP over the last
two years than Shields' 430.0 is TOR Roy Halladay
(471.1)...only 5 other pitchers in baseball
have logged 215-plus innings in each of
the last two years: Dan Haren and former Cy
Young winners Johan Santana, CC Sabathia,
Brandon Webb and Halladay.
Ranked 6th in AL with a 4.00 SO/BB ratio...4th
in AL with 1.67 BB/9 IP (8th in MLB).
Had back-to-back CG shutouts at home on
April 27 vs. BOS (3-0) and May 9 vs. LAA
(2-0)...became the 6th pitcher since 1998 to
throw 2 SHO allowing 2 hits or less in one season:
OAK Cory Lidle (2002), BOS Hideo Nomo
(2001), BOS Pedro Martinez (2000), OAK Tim
Hudson (2000), NYY David Wells (1998)...
Shields and Matt Garza were the only pitchers
in MLB to each throw two complete games allowing
2 hits or less.
May 9 vs. LAA was a 1-hitter, just the 2nd CG
1-hitter in club history and the first by a Rays
pitcher at Tropicana Field...faced just 28 batters,
one over the minimum of 27...28 BF set a
club record for a CG effort (9.0+ IP), later tied
by Matt Garza on June 26 at FLA...with 92
pitches thrown, broke his own Rays record of
99 for a CG (9.0+ IP), which he set on April 27.
April 27 vs. BOS hurled a 2-hitter, defeating
Josh Beckett, who tallied a career-high 13
strikeouts...became the 3rd pitcher (2nd Ray,
both at Tropicana Field) since 2005 to blank
the Red Sox on two or fewer hits: Scott Kazmir
2-hit the Sox on July 3, 2006 and SEA Felix
Hernandez allowed one hit in a 3-0 win at Fenway
Park (April 11, 2007).
Tossed 3 of the Rays 7 complete games...only
4 pitchers finished with more in the majors
(TOR Halladay, MIL Ben Sheets, CLE/MIL CC
Sabathia, CLE Cliff Lee)...with 5 career CG,
needs just one more to tie Joe Kennedy (6) for
the all-time Rays record.
Over the last 2 years, his 4.53 SO/BB ratio
(344/76) is 3rd in the majors...1.59 BB/9 IP is
3rd in the majors...10.63 base runners-per-9
is 6th in majors.
On the Rays all-time career list, ranks 3rd in
wins (32), 2nd in ERA (3.96), 2nd in strikeouts
(448), 2nd in IP (555.2), 2nd in starts (85) and
1st in winning pct. (.571).
Averaged 14.6 pitches per inning, 5th fewest
in majors behind Greg Maddux (14.1), Paul
Byrd (14.1) Aaron Cook (14.5) and Roy Halladay
Rays went 22-11 in his 33 starts and 20-7 when
he lasted 6.0-plus IP.
Finished with 22 quality starts, tied for the 5th
most in the AL.
His 2.59 home ERA was 3rd in the AL behind
CLE Cliff Lee (2.45) and BOS Jon Lester
(2.49)...won 7 of his last 10 home starts and
went 9-2 overall at home...for his career is
20-8 with a 3.23 ERA in 44 starts at home.
Finished tied for 4th-most in the AL with 12
Final start came in the last game of the regular
season, Sep 28 at DET, a one-inning tune-up
for the playoffs...retired the side on 10 pitches...
Rays won 8-7 in 11 innings.
Pitched to a 2.54 through the end of April, best
opening month in club history (min. 25-IP).
Named AL Player of the Week for April 21-27
for home wins over TOR and BOS (1.13 ERA)...
was the 3rd pitcher in club history to take home
the honor - Albie Lopez in 2000 and Scott
Kazmir twice (once in each 2006 and 2007).
Registered his 3rd complete game in a 6-1
loss to the Angels on June 10 at LAA...most
by a Rays pitcher in one season since 2002
(Joe Kennedy, 5, and Tanyon Sturtze, 4.)
Was suspended 6 games for his actions in
a bench-clearing brawl June 5 at Boston...
brawl started when Coco Crisp charged the
mound after being hit by a Shields pitch...after
that day the Rays went 14-6 in Shields starts
(Shields was 10-4).
Voted as having the American League's best
change-up in Baseball America's Best Tools
Made 4 starts for the Rays in the 2008 postseason
and led the rotation with a 2.88 ERA
(25.0-IP, 28-H, 9-R, 8-ER, 8-BB, 17-SO)...
earned Game 1 assignments for the ALDS (vs.
Chicago) and ALCS (vs. Boston)...all 4 starts
came at Tropicana Field.
Took the mound for the first postseason game
in Rays history, defeating CWS Javier Vazquez
in Game 1 of the ALDS...6.1-IP, 6-H, 3-R/ER...
all 3 runs scored on Dewayne Wise's 3rd-inning
Beat PHI Brett Myers in Game 2 of the World
Series, notching the Rays only win in the Fall
Classic...tossed 5.2 shutout innings, allowing
7 hits and 2 walks with 4 strikeouts.
Lost both of his ALCS starts, Game 1 to
Daisuke Matsuzaka and Game 6 to Josh
Beckett...in Game 1, left trailing 1-0 with 1 out
in the 8th...Dice-K did not allow a hit until the
Tossed 240 innings between the 2008 regular
season and postseason.