|2014 Regular Season|
Shields, acquired last offseason in a trade from Tampa Bay, went 13-9 with a 3.15 ERA and an AL-leading 228 2-3 innings. He was especially good after the All-Star break, going 9-3 with a 3.06 ERA to help the Royals get into playoff contention. Kansas City went 43-27 after the break to finish 86-76, its best record since 1989.
Shields is 6-1 with a 3.23 ERA in his last eight starts.
Shields is 3-0 with a 1.91 ERA in four starts since surrendering a season-high seven runs in a 7-0 loss to the Twins on Aug. 6.
Shields continued his domination on the road, where he's gone 5-0 with a 2.11 ERA during a six-start stretch.
Shields (7-8), who had not won at Kauffman Stadium since an April 30 victory over Tampa Bay, limited the Red Sox to three runs and seven hits over seven innings. He struck out five and walked three.
Shields (6-8, 3.36 ERA) gave up seven runs, eight hits and three homers in six innings. He was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in his previous five outings, including a 7-2 win over the Twins on Thursday.
Shields gave up two runs on five hits and five walks in six innings for the Royals, who swept the three-game series and are showing potential to be a factor late in the season. That could mean more wins for the pitcher known as 'Big Game James.'
Shields tossed seven shutout innings. He allowed eight hits and walked two but faced only one real scoring threat, working out of a bases-loaded jam in the sixth inning. He lowered his ERA to 3.09 and has been especially effective on the road, where he improved to 4-3 with a 2.50 ERA in 12 starts.
Shields, who has won only one of 10 home starts, gave up three runs on nine hits, while striking out six in seven innings.
Shields had won just once in his previous 12 starts, and came in with a losing record despite a 3.23 ERA and ranking among the AL leaders in several pitching categories.
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