James Shields

James Shields #33

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  • B/T: R/R
  • 6' 3"/215
  • Age: 33


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James Shields Stats

13-7 3.91 202.1 216 1.33

James Shields MLB Career Stats

127-97 3.74 2112.2 1842 1.23

James Shields Bio

  • Full Name: James Anthony Shields
  • Born: 12/20/1981 in Newhall, CA
  • Draft: 2000, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, 16th rd. (466th overall)
  • High School: William S. Hart, Newhall, CA
  • Debut: May 31, 2006
  • Relationship(s): cousin of Aaron Rowand
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2015 Stats 13 7 3.91 33 33 0 202.1 216 1.33
MLB Career Stats 127 97 3.74 319 318 0 2112.2 1842 1.23
  • Status: Active

James Shields Two-seam FB Statcast Averages

Year Team LG NP Pitch Type Avg Pitch Speed (mph) Avg Perceived Speed (mph) Avg Spin Rate (rpm) Avg Extension (feet) Avg Exit Velocity (mph)
2015 Padres NL 779 Two-seam FB 91.11 92.09 2190.00 6.88 90.96
MLB Avg - - - Two-seam FB 92.28 91.77 2128.00 6.05 89.67


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October 2, 2015 at 11:55 PM ET

Shields will sit out regular season finale

Padres right-hander James Shields will sit out his final scheduled start of the 2015 season.

September 27, 2015 at 9:11 PM ET

Shields strikes out eight, but takes seventh loss

Padres right-hander James Shields lost after allowing four runs on eight hits and four walks with eight strikeouts in six innings on Sunday against the D-backs.


James Shields Awards

AL All-Star

Year Team League
2011 Tampa Bay AL

AL Player of the Week

Week Team League
04/27/2008 Tampa Bay AL
04/25/2011 Tampa Bay AL
06/20/2011 Tampa Bay AL
09/10/2012 Tampa Bay AL

AFL All-Prospect Team

Year Team League
2005 Phoenix AFL

AFL Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
10/30/2005 Phoenix AFL

SOU Pitcher of the Week

Week Team League
08/28/2005 Montgomery SOU

James Shields Leaderboards

Earned Run Average

Season ERA Rank
2007 3.85 18th in AL
2008 3.56 12th in AL
2009 4.14 23rd in AL
2011 2.82 3rd in AL
2012 3.52 12th in AL
2013 3.15 8th in AL
2014 3.21 11th in AL
2015 3.91 25th in NL


Season W Rank
2007 12 23rd in AL
2008 14 11th in AL
2009 11 22nd in AL
2010 13 18th in AL
2011 16 4th in AL
2012 15 10th in AL
2013 13 15th in AL
2014 14 15th in AL
2015 13 12th in NL


Season SO Rank
2007 184 9th in AL
2008 160 12th in AL
2009 167 11th in AL
2010 187 9th in AL
2011 225 3rd in AL
2012 223 3rd in AL
2013 196 7th in AL
2014 180 11th in AL
2015 216 5th in NL


Season WHIP Rank
2007 1.11 3rd in AL
2008 1.15 4th in AL
2009 1.32 19th in AL
2011 1.04 5th in AL
2012 1.17 9th in AL
2013 1.24 19th in AL
2014 1.18 14th in AL

Batting Average Against

Season AVG Rank
2007 .247 9th in AL
2008 .254 16th in AL
2009 .275 24th in AL
2011 .217 7th in AL
2012 .239 11th in AL
2013 .251 19th in AL
2014 .256 24th in AL
2015 .248 19th in NL

Games Started

Season GS Rank
2007 31 19th in AL
2008 33 5th in AL
2009 33 4th in AL
2010 33 4th in AL
2011 33 6th in AL
2012 33 4th in AL
2013 34 1st in AL
2014 34 1st in AL
2015 33 1st in NL

Complete Games

Season CG Rank
2006 1 17th in AL
2007 1 17th in AL
2008 3 3rd in AL
2011 11 1st in AL
2012 3 5th in AL
2013 2 9th in AL
2014 1 15th in AL


Season SHO Rank
2008 2 1st in AL
2011 4 1st in AL
2012 2 3rd in AL
2014 1 5th in AL

Innings Pitched

Season IP Rank
2007 215.0 10th in AL
2008 215.0 6th in AL
2009 219.2 6th in AL
2010 203.1 19th in AL
2011 249.1 2nd in AL
2012 227.2 3rd in AL
2013 228.2 1st in AL
2014 227.0 4th in AL
2015 202.1 10th in NL

Strikeouts per Nine Innings

Season K/9 Rank
2008 6.70 23rd in AL
2009 6.84 14th in AL
2013 7.71 25th in AL
2014 7.14 18th in AL

Strikeout/Walk Ratio

Season K/BB Rank
2009 3.21 22nd in AL
2013 2.88 20th in AL
2015 2.67 18th in NL

Bases on Balls

Season BB Rank
2011 65 15th in AL
2012 58 21st in AL
2013 68 13th in AL
2015 81 2nd in NL


Season H Rank
2007 202 18th in AL
2008 208 16th in AL
2009 239 2nd in AL
2010 246 1st in AL
2011 195 18th in AL
2012 208 8th in AL
2013 215 7th in AL
2014 224 3rd in AL
2015 189 10th in NL

Home Runs

Season HR Rank
2007 28 3rd in AL
2008 24 11th in AL
2009 29 2nd in AL
2010 34 1st in AL
2011 26 4th in AL
2012 25 13th in AL
2014 23 9th in AL
2015 33 1st in NL

James Shields Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
February 11, 2015 San Diego Padres signed free agent RHP James Shields.
October 30, 2014 RHP James Shields elected free agency.
December 9, 2012 Tampa Bay Rays traded RHP James Shields, RHP Wade Davis and Player To Be Named Later to Kansas City Royals for LHP Mike Montgomery, RHP Jake Odorizzi, 3B Patrick Leonard and RF Wil Myers.

James Anthony Shields Bio Info

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.
2012 James spent his seventh and final season with the Rays, making his club-record fourth Opening Day start (2008-10, 2012)...His 227.2 innings pitched ranked 3rd in the A.L. and marked his 6th consecutive season of at least 200 IP...only Mark Buehrle has a longer active streak of 200-inning seasons (12)...Ranked 4th in the league in strikeouts (223) and 12th in ERA (3.52)...His 223 strikeouts fell 2 shy of his career-high 225 in 2011... became the first Rays pitcher to record 200 SO in consecutive seasons...was joined later by David Price, making them only the 7th set of teammates to do it in consecutive years...Through his first 6 starts (through May 2), went 5-0 with a 3.05 ERA (41.1 IP, 14 ER)...next 15 starts (May 8-July 26): 3-7 with a 5.16 ERA (96.0 IP, 55 ER)...final 12 starts (beginning July 31): 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA (90.1 IP, 20 ER)...Had 6 double-digit strikeout games, tied with the Yankees' CC Sabathia for 3rd-most in the Majors after Texas' Yu Darvish (8) and the Mets' R.A. Dickey (7)...Worked 6 IP or more in 29 of his 33 starts, tied with Philly's Cliff Lee for 3rd-most in the Majors behind Detroit's Justin Verlander (31) and the Mets' R.A. Dickey (31)...Ranked 7th in the AL with a 1.81 groundball-to-flyball ratio...Went 4-0 in 5 starts in April...owns the highest career winning pct. in April of any active pitcher (min. 15 starts) at .789 (15-4)...His 46 strikeouts set a club record for the month of May, topping his own record of 42 in May 2011...In his 3 complete games (July 31 at Oakland, September 9 vs. Texas, October 2 vs. Baltimore), he totaled 27.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB and 34 SO...On July 31 at Oakland, tossed a 3-hit shutout, recording 11 SO on only 98 pitches in an 8-0 victory...did not allow a runner past first base...On September 9 vs. Texas, tossed a shutout in a 6-0 victory...at one point, retired 19 batters in a row (6.1 perfect innings) between the 2nd and 8th innings...In his final start of the season, October 2 vs. Baltimore, set a club record with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game 2-hitter, with no walks...however, lost the game 1-0, becoming the first pitcher in the live ball era (since 1918) to take the loss while striking out 15-plus with 0 BB and 2 hits or less...The only other pitcher in the live ball era to take the loss when allowing 1 ER or less with 15 SO and 0 BB was the Mets' Dwight Gooden on Sep 17, 1984 at Philadelphia (8 IP and 16 SO in 2-1 loss). 2011 Named to his first All-Star Team and established club records in innings pitched (249.1), complete games (11) and shutouts (4)...named the Rays MVP by the Tampa Bay Chapter of the BBWAA, only the 3rd pitcher to win the award joining Roberto Hernandez (1999) and Tanyon Sturtze (2001)...Finished 3rd in the balloting for 2011 AL Cy Young as voted on by the BBWAA...totaled 66 points in the 7-4-3-2-1 scoring system...it was the 2nd consecutive year the Rays had a topthree finisher, after David Price placed 2nd in 2010...also one of three starting pitchers to receive votes in the voting for AL MVP along with winner DET Justin Verlander and NYY CC Sabathia...His 11 complete games were the most by any major league pitcher since ARI Randy Johnson (12) in 1999...they were the most by an AL pitcher since BAL Scott Erickson (11) in 1998...tied TEX Derek Holland for the AL lead with 4 shutouts...was the first AL pitcher with 11 CG and 4 SHO in a season since BOS Roger Clemens in 1992...Had more complete games than 26 major league teams and more than the Yankees (5) and Red Sox (2) combined...threw 2 more than 2011 Cy Young Award winners DET Justin Verlander (4) and LAD Clayton Kershaw (5) had combined...His 249.1 innings ranked 2nd in the majors behind Verlander (251) and exceeded the Rays previous club mark by 25.1 innings (Tanyon Sturtze in 2002)...Is one of 7 major league pitchers to throw 200 or more innings in each of the last 5 seasons and one of only 5 with 200 innings and 150 strikeouts in each of those years joining Verlander, Sabathia, LAA Dan Haren and SF Matt Cain...Threw 7 or more innings in 28 starts of his 33 starts...in the last 23 years, only 2 AL pitchers have had more such games in a season: Roger Clemens and David Cone (see chart)...finished the season with a club-record 11 straight starts of 7 or more innings, tied with PHI Roy Halladay for the longest streak in the majors in 2011...Cut his ERA from 5.18 in 2010 to 2.82...according to Stats Inc., this is the third-largest drop in the majors in the divisional era (since 1969)... also trimmed his opp avg. by 77 points, from .294 to .217...His 225 SO were 5th in the majors, 2nd among righthanders behind Verlander's 250...Shields finished with the 2nd-most strikeouts in one season in club history, trailing only Scott Kazmir's 239 in 2007...became the Rays alltime strikeout leader on May 22 at FLA when he struck out Gaby Sanchez for the last out of the game in a 4-0 win...the strikeout was his 13th of the game (tying a club record later broken by David Price on Aug 28, 2011 at TOR) and the 875th of his career, passing Kazmir for the Rays all-time mark...in that game became just the 5th pitcher in the last 10 years to throw a shutout with at least 13 SO and 1 BB or fewer...Had 5 games of 10-plus strikeouts giving him 13 in his career, 2nd most in club history behind Scott Kazmir's 17...On July 10 at NYY, the last game before the All-Star break, he became the first pitcher since Hall of Famer Bob Gibson in 1975 (May 21 at SD) to lose a complete game, 1-0, with the winning run scoring on his own error...Robinson Cano scored on Shields' errant pickoff throw to third base...Led the majors with 13 pickoffs, the first righthanded pitcher to lead the majors since TEX Charlie Hough in 1988...according to Stats Inc., Shields tied CWS Jack McDowell (13 in 1993) for the 2nd-most pickoffs by a RHP since the stat was first recorded in 1974, behind Hough's 16 in 1988...his 21 career pickoffs (in only 6 seasons) already rank 5th among active righthanded pitchers...Allowed only 9.57 base runners per 9 IP, a club record and 4th best in the AL...For the third consecutive season he received the lowest run support on the Rays staff...in 2011, Rays gave him an average of 3.75 R/9 IP in run support, 7th lowest in the AL...in his 12 losses, the Rays scored 3 runs of support or less in all but one...His 14.3 pitches per inning tied CLE Josh Tomlin for the fewest in the majors...since data was first available in 1988, only one other pitcher has struck out 8 or more batters per 9 innings and thrown fewer pitches per 9: NYM Pedro Martinez in 2005...Shields was the 4th to average so few P/IP with at least 225 SO, joining SD Kevin Brown in 1998, ARI Curt Schilling in 2002 and MIN Johan Santana in 2005...Finished the season with 6 starts against the top three scoring offenses in the majors, a series of back-to-back starts vs. Texas, Boston and New York...went 4-2 with a 2.23 ERA (48.1- IP, 12-ER)...Was twice named AL Player of the Week for the weeks ending April 24 and June 19...was the first Rays pitcher to win the award twice in one season...in each week, tossed 2 completegame wins allowing 4 hits or less...Went 3-1 in interleague play with a 1.32 ERA (34-IP, 5-ER) and 42 strikeouts, one shy of the ML record...his 3 CG in interleague play tied the ML single-season record...Recorded 3 consecutive complete-game wins June 14-24, a club record and equaling the longest such streak in the majors in the last 8 seasons (2004-11)...Set a club record by throwing 23 consecutive scoreless innings, Aug 26-Sep 5...ALL-STAR GAME: Received his first All-Star selection, but was ineligible to pitch because he started the Sunday prior...was voted in by the players' ballot...arrived at the break with 7 CG and 3 SHO, already surpassing club records for a full year...his 2.33 ERA, 142.1 IP and 137 SO at the break were all first-half club records...POSTSEASON: Started and lost Game 2 of the ALDS at Texas, 8-6...took a 3-0 lead into the 4th but allowed 5 runs that inning while hitting 2 batters and throwing 2 wild pitches...no other pitcher in major league history has hit 2 or more batters and thrown 2 or more wild pitches in a postseason game...it was the first time in his career in 190 regular season and postseason starts that he hit 2 batters in an inning and only the 2nd time he had thrown 2 wild pitches in an inning (also July 6, 2007 at KC)...his line: 5 IP, 8 H, 7 R/ER, 0 BB, 6 SO. 2010 The Rays Opening Day starter for the past three years recorded his fourth straight season of 200 innings, the first Ray to do so ... is one of only five pitchers with 200-plus innings and 150 strikeouts in each of the last four seasons joining DET Justin Verlander, NYY CC Sabathia, LAA Dan Haren and SF Matt Cain. ... Ranks 3rd in the AL with 853 IP over the last four years behind SEA Felix Hernandez (879.1) and DET Justin Verlander (867). ... Set a career high with 187 strikeouts, one shy of David Price for the team lead, 8th in the AL and the 4th-highest strikeout total in club history behind Scott Kazmir (239 in 2007), Matt Garza (189 in 2009) and Price. ... For the second year in a row, his run support was the lowest on the staff and his unearned runs allowed (11) were the most ... the Rays were shut out 10 times in 2010 including once in the postseason and he was the loser in five of those games including ALDS Game 2 vs. Texas. ... In 2010 became the franchise's all-time leader in wins (56), starts (151), innings pitched (977.2) and quality starts (87). ... Posted a career-high 5.18 ERA ... is one of five pitchers all-time to lose 15 games with an ERA above 5.00 for a team that went to the playoffs: also NYY A.J. Burnett in 2010 (10-15, 5.26), STL Jason Marquis in 2006 (14-16, 6.02), MIN Carlos Silva in 2006 (11-15, 5.94) and BAL Dennis Martinez in 1983 (7-16, 5.53) ... 5.18 was also his high point of the season. ... Lost a career-high 15 games, tied for 2nd most in the AL with LAA Scott Kazmir and NYY A.J. Burnett, one behind leader BAL Kevin Millwood ... also tied for 2nd most in club history behind Tanyon Sturtze's 18 in 2002. ... His 3.67 SO/BB ratio (187 to 51) ranked 4th in the AL behind TEX Cliff Lee (10.28), LAA Jered Weaver (4.31) and TOR Shaun Marcum (3.84) ... his career mark of 3.70 is 4th best among active pitchers (min. 750 IP) ... his career mark of 2.00 BB/9 IP is also 4th lowest among actives and his average of 0.053 walks per batter faced is 3rd lowest among actives. ... Allowed 34 HR, most in the AL and 2nd most in the majors after ARI Rodrigo Lopez (37) ... broke Sturtze's club record of 33 in 2002 ... over the last four seasons (2007-10) has allowed 115 HR, 2nd most in the majors behind CIN Bronson Arroyo (117) and a major-leaguehigh 328 extra-base hits . 25 more than the next-closest pitcher (Arroyo at 303). ... On Aug 7 at TOR he allowed 6 HR, tying a modern day major league record, in a 17-11 loss ... was the eighth to do it, only the third in the last 70 years, and first since TEX R.A. Dickey on May 6, 2006 vs. DET ... allowed 9 hits, all for extra bases (3 doubles) ... the Jays totaled 8 HR in the game, the most ever allowed by Rays pitching. ... Led the majors by allowing 127 runs, 117 ER and 246 hits (tied with CWS Mark Buehrle) ... all were career highs ... the 246 hits were the second- highest total in club history behind Sturtze (271 in 2002) ... over the last four seasons (2007-10) has allowed 433 runs, 2nd most in the majors behind Livan Hernandez (450). ... Recorded five games with 10 or more strikeouts, tied for 3rd in the AL and tied for 5th in the majors behind BOS Jon Lester (7), MIL Yovani Gallardo (7), SF Tim Lincecum (7) and TEX Cliff Lee (6) ... three of the five games occurred over a span of 4 starts between April 28. May 15 ... on April 28 vs. OAK tied his career high with 12 SO (also April 22, 2007 vs. CLE), falling one shy of Kazmir's club record of 13 (Aug 25, 2007 vs. OAK). ... Began the season 5-1 with a 3.08 ERA (61.1-IP, 21-ER) in 9 starts through May 20 ... also began with a 4-0 record ... after May 25, went 8-14 with a 6.08 ERA (142-IP, 96-ER). ... Worked 7 or more innings only twice in his final 18 starts. ... Was winless (0-4) in his final 6 starts, with his last win coming Aug 29 vs. BOS. ... Lost a career-high 7 consecutive starts between May 25.June 29 (interrupted by a win from the bullpen) ... made his first career relief app on June 19 at FLA, pitching a scoreless 10th to record the victory in the 9-8 win, an 11-inning affair lasting four hours, 38 minutes ... was his first relief app as a pro since 2005 with Double-A Montgomery. ... Opponents were 7-for-21 (.333) with the bases loaded after going only 4-for-36 (.111) prior to 2010. ... Was named Best Change-up in the AL in Baseball America's annual Best Tools survey of league managers ... was the second time in three years he earned the honor (also 2008). 2009 Rays Opening Day starter the past two years finished 6th in the AL with a career-high 219.2 innings pitched, 2nd most by a Rays pitcher in one season behind Tanyon Sturtze's 224 innings in 2002...it was the 2nd consecutive year he has finished sixth in the AL in innings pitched and the 3rd consecutive year he has finished in the top 10...also his 3rd consecutive season of 200 innings...no other Ray has had more than one 200-inning season...One of only 4 major leaguers to pitch 215 or more innings in each of the last 3 years...also CC Sabathia, Dan Haren and Roy Halladay. ..Allowed 239 hits, 2nd most in the majors behindMIN Nick Blackburn (240)...allowed the 3rd-most base runners (292) and 4th-most runs (113)...nonetheless has permitted only 11.08 base runners per 9 innings over the past 3 seasons, 6th best in the AL over that span...His 2.1 BB/9 IP were 6th fewest in the AL...his career mark of 1.93 is 3rd among active pitchers (min. 100 starts) and best in franchise history... was 9th in the AL with a 3.21 SO/BB ratio and his 3.70 career mark is best in club history and 4th among actives (min. 100 starts)...Had 7 starts in which .. he allowed one ER or less but only won 2 of those (2-3 with 2 nodecisions)... included was a start Aug 2 vs. KC in which he tossed 7 no-hit innings to start the game, 3rd-longest hitless stretch to begin a game in franchise history...was eventually charged with the loss after allowing 2 runs (1-ER) in the 8th inning, when he allowed a pair of hits (one infield) and the defense committed 2 errors behind him...there have been 38 occasions since 2006 when a pitcher had a no-hitter thru 7...Shields became only the second pitcher not to win (also CHC Carlos Zambrano in 2007)...Received 4.42 runs per 9 IP in run support, 4th lowest in the AL...13 times he allowed 2 ER or less, but won only 5 of those games...Was 7-10 with a 3.81 ERA in his first 26 starts thru Aug 20...went 4-2 in 7 starts the rest of the way (5.36, 47-IP, 28-ER) but saw his overall ERA rise to 4.14...Allowed a career-high 29 home runs, 3rd most in the AL and tied with Doug Waechter (2005) for the 3rd most in club history...Tagged for 12 unearned runs, 7th most in the American League...Had a better record at home (6-6) than on the road (5-6) for the 4th consecutive year... lifetime is 26-14 at home (3.38) and 17-22 on the road (4.76)...went more than 3 months (10 starts) at home without a win before winning Sep 18 vs. TOR...Beat Johan Santana, 3-1, on June 20 at NYM (7-IP, 3-H, 1-R/ER, 0-BB, 4-SO), then went 8 starts without a win (0-3, 5 no-decisions)... 2nd-longest drought of his career (went 9 straight starts without a win in 2006)...Lost 1-0 on April 23 at SEA to Felix Hernandez... lone run came on a leadoff home run by Ichiro on Shields' second pitch of the game...lifted with one out in the 8th (7.1-IP, 4-H, 1-R/ER)...On May 19 vs. OAK, worked 8.1 scoreless but earned no decision in the Rays 4-1, 10-inning loss at Tropicana Field...game was scoreless after 9 but Oakland scored 4 in the 10th off the Rays bullpen...allowed a leadoff single to Orlando Cabrera then didn't allow another hit until the 7th...On June 4 vs. KC beat Gil Meche, 3-2 (8-IP, 6-H, 2-R/ER, 0-BB, 8-SO)...improved to 5-0 in 5 career starts vs. KC, becoming only the 3rd pitcher to win his first 5 starts vs. KC (also Jim Palmer, 1969-70, and Ken Holtzman, 1972-73)...Has lost all 6 of his career starts at Fenway Park including 3 in 2009...was 1-4 against the Yankees and Red Sox and is now 4-14 against them in 21 career starts...Opponents were 2-for-12 with the bases loaded and are now only 4-for-36 (.111) off him in his career... among active pitchers (min. 25 AB), only Jonathan Papelbon (.086) has been better. 2008 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 (14.5). 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 HBP. 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 survey.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE 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 homer. 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 7th inning. Tossed 240 innings between the 2008 regular season and postseason. 2007 Finished 10th in the AL in innings pitched with a team-high 215.0 despite missing his last 2 starts for precautionary rest ... was 2nd in the AL when he was shelved ... only Tanyon Sturtze, with 224.0 innings in 2002, has pitched more in one season in Rays history ... Shields worked 6 or more innings 28 times in 31 starts and 7 or more innings 20 times ... Finished the season strong ... was 4-1 in his last 8 starts and pitched to a 2.20 ERA (57.1, H-50, ER-14, BB-7, SO-50) ... Averaged 6.93 IP per start, tied for 3rd best in the majors with San Diego's Jake Peavy behind Toronto's Roy Halladay (7.26) and Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia (7.06) ... averaged 14.8 pitches per 9 IP, 4th fewest in AL ... Was 9th in the AL in strikeouts with 184, 2nd in club history to Scott Kazmir's 2007 AL-leading total of 239 ... had strikeout games of 12, 11 and 10 and didn't win any of those games ... his 12 Ks vs. Cleveland on Apr 22 tied the club record which was eventually broken by Scott Kazmir on Aug 25 when he fanned 13 Oakland A's...Shields also had a 10-strikeout game against the Tribe on July 1 ... Had the majors 2nd best strikeouts-to-walks ratio (184 to 36) ratio behind Cleveland's C.C. Sabathia (209 to 37) ... it was also the best mark in club history and the 5th best in the modern era (since 1900) by a pitcher 25 years of age or younger ... Had the AL's 3rd best walks-per-9 innings with a 1.5 mark ... walked one batter or less in 22 of his 31 starts ... had a stretch of 114 batters without a walk, June 20 to July 12 ... opponents' on-base pct. of .285 was the 3rd lowest in the AL and a club record ... Left 21 of his 31 starts with TB ahead or tied. Allowed 10.38 base runners per 9 IP, 3rd best in the AL and a club record ... held opponents to a .247 batting average, 9th lowest in the AL... opposing batters hit only .100 (1-10) off him with the bases loaded while he fanned 5 and forced 2 GIDPs ... Take away one start - a 21-4 loss at New York on July 22 when he allowed 10 ER in 3.1 innings -- and his ERA falls to 3.49, 10th best in the AL, just behind teammate Scott Kazmir at 3.48. First 13 starts thru June 9: 6-0, 3.05 ERA, 97.2-IP, 76-H, 33-ER ... became the 17th pitcher in the 25 years to begin a season with 13 consecutive unbeaten starts ... exited all 13 with either the lead or game tied ... Went 2-7 in his next 10 starts thru Aug 3: 6.75 ERA, 60.0-IP, 76-H, 45-ER before finishing season on high note (see above) ... Six times he worked 6 or more innings and allowed 2 ER or less and didn't get a win. Threw the first 9-inning complete game of his career on May 30 at home over defending AL champion Detroit in a 5-3 win (H-7, R-3, ER-3, BB-1, SO-5) ... retired 24 of the last 27 batters he faced after giving up 3 runs and 5 hits in the first inning ... Three of his best starts didn't result in a win ... on Apr 22 against Cleveland, he didn't get the decision despite allowing only 3 base runners in 8 innings (H-2, ER-2, BB-1, SO-12) as the Indians scored 4 runs in the 9th off the Rays pen to win 6-4 ... on May 9, he went 9 innings for the first time in his career and allowed only 4 base runners (H-3, BB-1, SO-4), but didn't get the decision in the Rays 10-inning, 1-0 loss at Baltimore ... on Sep 14 at Seattle he worked 8 innings (H-4, ER-1, BB-2, SO-5) and wasn't the pitcher of the record in the Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss ... Allowed 28 home runs, tied for 3rd most in the AL, but allowed only six in his last 12 starts ... Eight of his 12 wins came following a Rays loss ... he stopped losing streaks of 11, 4, 3 and 2 (twice). Was winless (0-2) in 5 starts against the ALCS participants - Cleveland and Boston despite a 2.87 ERA (IP-31.1, H-25, ER-1-, BB-3, SO-40. 2006 Was recalled from AAA Durham on May 27 when LHP Casey Fossum was placed on the disabled list for his first action at the major league level...Named Rays top rookie by the Tampa Bay BBWAA...Overall was 4th among AL rookies in strikeouts (104), 3rd in innings pitched (124.2) and 10th in ERA (4.84)...His 104 strikeouts are 3rd most ever by a Rays rookie behind Scott Kazmir's club-record 174 in 2005 and Rolando Arrojo's 152 Ks in 1998...Led Rays starters and was 4th among major league rookie starters with 2.74 walks per 9 innings...Also ranked as the 2nd best ever by a Rays rookie starter (min 100 IP) behind Joe Kennedy's mark of 2.60 in 2001...With only 38 walks, he recorded the 2nd best strikeouts to walks ratio (2.74) ever by a Rays starter (min 100 IP)...Only Scott Kazmir's ratio of 3.13 In 2006 (SO-163, BB-52) has been better in club history...Shield's ratio was 4th among major league rookies...Walked one batter or less in 11 of his 21 starts...Made his ML debut May 31 at Baltimore drawing a no-decision (5.0-IP, 9-H, 5-R/ER, 3-BB, 5-SO)...From that point forward he pitched 34 more innings than any other Devil Ray and more innings than any other AL rookie...Won his next four starts (over the Angels, Royals, Phillies and D-Backs) becoming the first Ray to begin his major league career 4-0 (Tim Corcoran also went 4-0 later in the season)...Earned his first major league win on June 5 at home over the Angels when he combined with Shawn Camp and Tyler Walker on an 11-hit shutout in a 4-0 win over Jeff Weaver...Went on to win his next 3 starts as well including a 10-4 win over fellow rookie Cole Hamels at Philadelphia on June 16 (IP-6, H-6, R-3, ER-3, BB-1, SO-6) and a 3-2 win over Arizona's National League wins leader Brandon Webb on June 21 (IP-7, H-4, R-2, ER-2, BB-3, SO-5)...Was 4-1 in June tying Minnesota's Francisco Liriano and Detroit's Zach Miner as the best record among AL rookies for the month...Along the way, he compiled a 16.0-inning scoreless streak, 2nd longest by a Rays rookie (Rolando Arrojo, 18.0 in 1998)...His 4 wins tied the club mark for wins in a month and he became just the 2nd rookie to do it (also Arrojo in May 1998). 2005 Named the Pitcher of the Year at Double-A Montgomery ... Combined at Montgomery and Durham to go 8-5 with a 2.97 ERA, the third best mark among Rays minor leaguers...His 110 strikeouts were the fourth most in the organization's minors ... Held opponents to three ER or less in 12 of his 16 starts with the Biscuits and was undefeated in all eight games in which he pitched 7.0 or more innings (5-0) ... Tied his career high with 10 strikeouts Aug 22 vs. Jacksonville (LAD) ... Led all Rays pitchers in the month of August going 4-0 with a 1.62 ERA...named SL pitcher of the week Aug 22-28 ... Held left-handers to a .226 average (40-177) ... Won six of his last seven decisions with the Biscuits earning a promotion to Triple-A Durham for his final start of the year where he picked up the win against Charlotte (CWS) ... Named an Arizona Fall League All-Star after working to a 1.74 ERA (2nd in the league) and striking out 29 batters while walking just two in 31.0 IP ... Led the Phoenix Desert Dogs to a league championship where he got the win in the finale over Surprise ... Began the season on the disabled list with soreness in his right shoulder ... activated May 28. 2004 Threw the first pitch in Montgomery Biscuits history as the team's opening day starter in 2004 ... Lost three of his first four starts and landed on the DL with right shoulder tendonitis ... Transferred to Bakersfield upon his return ... led all Blaze pitchers with 8 wins and tossed the lone Bakersfield complete game shutout (Aug 24 vs. Visalia, 2-H, 4-SO, 0-BB), one of just 5 in the entire Cal League. 2003 Pitched the 2003 season at Bakersfield (A) ... Led the team in wins (10), innings pitched (143.2) and strikeouts (119-2nd most in the organization) ... Allowed 19 home runs, tied for third most in the California League. 2002 Missed the entire 2002 season recovering from right shoulder surgery. 2001 Began his professional career in 2001 with Hudson Valley (SS-A) ... Promoted to Single-A Charleston after striking out 25 and walking just 5 in 27.1 IP over 5 starts ... Was the first player promoted from the Renegades ... Worked to a combined ERA of 2.55, 2nd best in the organization ... Tossed a 9.0-inning, complete game shutout in his Charleston debut (3-H, 9-SO, 1-BB) ... also recorded a 3-hit complete game in his final turn of the year Sept 2 at Columbus (7.0 innings).