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James Anthony Shields
(Big Game James, Jamie)

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[edit] Biographical Information

James Shields was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in the 16th round of the 2000 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Fred Repke and made his pro debut the next summer.

Shields was the first pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays to ever begin his career 4-0. On August 7, 2010, he tied an American League record by allowing 6 home runs in a 17-11 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, including the first major league homer by J.P. Arencibia. In June 2011, he pitched three consecutive complete games, the first Rays pitcher to accomplish such a feat.

On December 9, 2012, he was traded to the Kansas City Royals along with P Wade Davis in return for prospects Wil Myers, Jake Odorizzi, Mike Montgomery and Patrick Leonard.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • AL All-Star (2011)
  • AL Complete Games Leader (2011)
  • 2-time AL Shutouts Leader (2008 & 2011)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 2 (2011 & 2012)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 8 (2007-2014)
  • 200 Strikeouts Seasons: 2 (2011 & 2012)

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