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.
In his first season in San Diego, went 13-7 with a 3.91 ERA (88 ER, 202.1 IP) and 216 strikeouts while holding opponents to a .248 batting average....Threw 202.1 innings, making him the 69th pitcher in Padres franchise history to reach the 200.0+ IP milestone and the first since Ian Kennedy threw 201.0 innings in 2014....2015 was his ninth consecutive seasons with 200.0+ innings pitched, having reached the milestone every year since 2007… Shields is the only Major League pitcher with 200.0+ innings pitched each of the last nine seasons....His nine seasons with 200.0 innings pitched are the second-most among all active Major League pitchers, behind only Mark Buehrle (14 seasons)....Shields (216) and teammate Tyson Ross (212) both reached the 200 strikeout plateau, making them the first set of teammates in franchise history to reach 200+ strikeouts in the same season....His 216 strikeouts were tied for the fourth-highest total in Padres franchise history, trailing only the 257 by Kevin Brown in 1998, the 240 by Jake Peavy in 2007 and the 231 by Clay Kirby in 1971....Shields reached 100 strikeouts in 82.2 innings pitched, the fastest a starter has ever reached 100 strikeouts in franchise history, surpassing the previous record of 90.0 IP by Cory Luebke in 2011 and Sterling Hitchcock in 1999… he was the third-fastest pitcher (starter or reliever) in franchise history to reach 100 strikeouts, trailing only Trevor Hoffman, who got to 100 SO in 71.2 IP in 1997 and 80.2 IP in 1996....The 2015 season was the third 200+ strikeout campaign of his career, joining his 2011 (225) and 2012 seasons (223)....Posted 126 strikeouts in 19 starts before the All-Star Break, the third-most in franchise history during the first half trailing only the 138 strikeouts by Andy Benes in 1994 and the 133 strikeouts by Ian Kennedy in 2014....Owned a 13-1 record in 21 games when he received three-or-more runs of support (while he is in the game)… conversely, owned a 0-6 record in 12 starts when he receives less than three runs of support....Started the 2015 season 7-0 through his first 14 starts of the season (until 6/14), a new career-best streak to start a season…he was just the second pitcher in Padres history to start a season 7-0, with the only other to do so being Andy Hawkins, who began the 1985 season a franchise-best 11-0 in his first 12 starts....Made the Padres Opening Day start against LosAngeles at Dodger Stadium, his seventh career Opening Day start, tied for the fourth-most among active players, trailing only CC Sabathia (11), Mark Buehrle (9) and Felix Hernandez (8)....Among pitchers to change teams during the 2014-15 offseason, Shields' 13 wins in 2015 were tied for the fourthmost in baseball, trailing only ARI Rubby De La Rosa (14), NYY Nathan Eovaldi (14) and WSH Max Scherzer (14)....Allowed 33 home runs in 2015, tied for the highest total in Major League Baseball along with Kyle Kendrick…however, 26 of the 33 homers he allowed were solo shots and the other seven were two-run shots....Received 133 runs of support (runs scored while he is in the game) in 202.1 innings pitched, good for a 5.92 run support average, the second-highest mark in the National League behind Michael Wacha's 5.96 RSA…his 131 runs of support were the most in the NL and fifth-most in the Majors.
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 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).
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.
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.
... 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
... 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
... 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).
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.
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.
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
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
Missed the entire 2002 season recovering from right shoulder surgery.
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).