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December 10, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
James Shields has notched wins in the double digits in his last six seasons with Tampa Bay, including 15 last year and 16 the season before that. Wade Davis flourished for the Rays last season, once he was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen. The Kansas City Royals have needed that kind of pitching for years, and that's what they appear to have gotten by trading for Shields and Davis on Sunday night. "When you can acquire a pitcher like James Shields and Wade Davis, we have to do it, because that's what we've committed to our team -- we've committed to our organization," said Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, whose team hasn't had a winning season since 2003.
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April 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Powering down The San Diego Padres moved in the outfield fences this season, a nod to hitters frustrated when a home run anywhere else would be an out at Petco Park. In the Padres' first 10 home games, three balls that would have been outs last season went for home runs. "All for the other guys," Padres Manager Bud Black said. It's been that kind of start for the Padres, whose record through Friday was worse than any team other than the losing-by-design Houston Astros and Miami Marlins.
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July 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
- With the Dodgers appearing reluctant to meet the Chicago Cubs' asking price for potential two-month rental pitcher Ryan Dempster , they could soon turn their focus to players they could retain beyond this season. Two players on the Dodgers' radar are first baseman Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins and pitcher James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. The Dodgers aren't actively negotiating deals for Morneau or Shields, one of the people said.
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December 10, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
James Shields has notched wins in the double digits in his last six seasons with Tampa Bay, including 15 last year and 16 the season before that. Wade Davis flourished for the Rays last season, once he was moved from the starting rotation to the bullpen. The Kansas City Royals have needed that kind of pitching for years, and that's what they appear to have gotten by trading for Shields and Davis on Sunday night. "When you can acquire a pitcher like James Shields and Wade Davis, we have to do it, because that's what we've committed to our team -- we've committed to our organization," said Royals General Manager Dayton Moore, whose team hasn't had a winning season since 2003.
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April 13, 2009 | Associated Press
James Shields gave up three hits over seven innings, Evan Longoria hit his major league-leading fifth home run and the Tampa Bay Rays averted a three-game sweep by beating the Baltimore Orioles, 11-3, on Sunday. Longoria was three for five and is batting .481. He has five consecutive multihit games and has driven at least one run in five of six starts. Ben Zobrist, Jason Bartlett and Carlos Pena also homered for the Rays, who got 17 hits. Shields (1-1) struck out three and walked one.
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April 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
* Tampa Bay 6, at Baltimore 2: James Shields pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and the Rays coasted to a victory. Starting in place of the injured Scott Kazmir, Shields walked three, struck out two and did not allow a runner to reach second base after the first inning.
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October 8, 2010 | By Mark Gonzales
Whether it's a key pitch or clutch hit, the Texas Rangers have overcome the shortcomings that haunted them during an 11-year playoff drought. Their relentless nature has been the final ingredient to vault them to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five American League division series after Thursday's 6-0 victory here, pushing the Tampa Bay Rays to the brink of elimination. "We came in here and emptied the tank in Game 2, and that's how we're going to approach it," said Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who became the center of controversy one pitch before he hit a three-run homer off Rays reliever Chad Qualls that highlighted a four-run fifth inning.
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July 24, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The Angels' front office is giving its full attention to pitching talent — specifically starters and left-handed relievers — as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches. The Angels do seem fairly well set with right-handed relievers with Kevin Jepsen . He has a win and a save with eight strikeouts in nine scoreless appearances since he rejoined the team July 5 as set-up man to the closer tandem of Ernesto Frieri and Scott Downs . Jepsen, 27, earned a win Monday, escaping from a jam he created when Kansas City slugger Billy Butler doubled to lead off the eighth inning.
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April 27, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
Powering down The San Diego Padres moved in the outfield fences this season, a nod to hitters frustrated when a home run anywhere else would be an out at Petco Park. In the Padres' first 10 home games, three balls that would have been outs last season went for home runs. "All for the other guys," Padres Manager Bud Black said. It's been that kind of start for the Padres, whose record through Friday was worse than any team other than the losing-by-design Houston Astros and Miami Marlins.
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July 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna and Lance Pugmire
The Angels have scouted Tampa Bay pitchers James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson extensively, and Monday night they had scouts in Miami to watch Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson pitch against Atlanta and in Chicago to see Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano pitch against the White Sox. "If the ability to make a move to help the club exists, we'll search that out," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, eight days before the non-waiver trade deadline....
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July 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Zack Greinke is available and enticing, and James Shields remains a target, but the Angels' chances of acquiring a top-flight starter before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline "are below 50% right now," according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about it. With an extra wild card boosting the number of playoff contenders, there are far more buyers — including prospect-rich Texas — than sellers, "and...
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July 24, 2012 | By Lance Pugmire
The Angels' front office is giving its full attention to pitching talent — specifically starters and left-handed relievers — as the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline approaches. The Angels do seem fairly well set with right-handed relievers with Kevin Jepsen . He has a win and a save with eight strikeouts in nine scoreless appearances since he rejoined the team July 5 as set-up man to the closer tandem of Ernesto Frieri and Scott Downs . Jepsen, 27, earned a win Monday, escaping from a jam he created when Kansas City slugger Billy Butler doubled to lead off the eighth inning.
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July 23, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna and Lance Pugmire
The Angels have scouted Tampa Bay pitchers James Shields and Jeremy Hellickson extensively, and Monday night they had scouts in Miami to watch Marlins right-hander Josh Johnson pitch against Atlanta and in Chicago to see Minnesota left-hander Francisco Liriano pitch against the White Sox. "If the ability to make a move to help the club exists, we'll search that out," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said, eight days before the non-waiver trade deadline....
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July 21, 2012 | By Dylan Hernandez
- With the Dodgers appearing reluctant to meet the Chicago Cubs' asking price for potential two-month rental pitcher Ryan Dempster , they could soon turn their focus to players they could retain beyond this season. Two players on the Dodgers' radar are first baseman Justin Morneau of the Minnesota Twins and pitcher James Shields of the Tampa Bay Rays, according to people familiar with the team's thinking. The Dodgers aren't actively negotiating deals for Morneau or Shields, one of the people said.
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May 1, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
No team in the American League played more extra-inning games in the season's first month than the Angels. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. "It's pretty simple," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "When you're pitching really well and not hitting, you're going to play tight games. When you play tight games, that increases the chance that you're going to go extra innings. " And the Angels have lost in extra innings more than any other team in the league after dropping a 10-inning decision Saturday to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. The winning run scored when Fernando Rodney bounced a two-out, two-strike pitch in the dirt, marking the first time in franchise history the Rays have won on a walk-off wild pitch.
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October 8, 2010 | By Mark Gonzales
Whether it's a key pitch or clutch hit, the Texas Rangers have overcome the shortcomings that haunted them during an 11-year playoff drought. Their relentless nature has been the final ingredient to vault them to a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five American League division series after Thursday's 6-0 victory here, pushing the Tampa Bay Rays to the brink of elimination. "We came in here and emptied the tank in Game 2, and that's how we're going to approach it," said Rangers third baseman Michael Young, who became the center of controversy one pitch before he hit a three-run homer off Rays reliever Chad Qualls that highlighted a four-run fifth inning.
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May 1, 2011 | By Kevin Baxter
No team in the American League played more extra-inning games in the season's first month than the Angels. Which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on your point of view. "It's pretty simple," Manager Mike Scioscia said. "When you're pitching really well and not hitting, you're going to play tight games. When you play tight games, that increases the chance that you're going to go extra innings. " And the Angels have lost in extra innings more than any other team in the league after dropping a 10-inning decision Saturday to the Tampa Bay Rays, 2-1. The winning run scored when Fernando Rodney bounced a two-out, two-strike pitch in the dirt, marking the first time in franchise history the Rays have won on a walk-off wild pitch.
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July 26, 2012 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Zack Greinke is available and enticing, and James Shields remains a target, but the Angels' chances of acquiring a top-flight starter before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline "are below 50% right now," according to a person familiar with the team's thinking but not authorized to speak publicly about it. With an extra wild card boosting the number of playoff contenders, there are far more buyers — including prospect-rich Texas — than sellers, "and...
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April 13, 2009 | Associated Press
James Shields gave up three hits over seven innings, Evan Longoria hit his major league-leading fifth home run and the Tampa Bay Rays averted a three-game sweep by beating the Baltimore Orioles, 11-3, on Sunday. Longoria was three for five and is batting .481. He has five consecutive multihit games and has driven at least one run in five of six starts. Ben Zobrist, Jason Bartlett and Carlos Pena also homered for the Rays, who got 17 hits. Shields (1-1) struck out three and walked one.
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April 1, 2008 | From the Associated Press
* Tampa Bay 6, at Baltimore 2: James Shields pitched seven innings of five-hit ball and the Rays coasted to a victory. Starting in place of the injured Scott Kazmir, Shields walked three, struck out two and did not allow a runner to reach second base after the first inning.
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