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Kansas City at Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay (41-51)000000000041

Royals' Shields fans 10, shuts down Rays

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Back on the mound at Tropicana Field, Kansas City's James Shield looked and felt right at home.

The right-hander sparkled in his return to the stadium where he earned a living for the first seven seasons of his career, limiting the Tampa Bay Rays to three hits and striking out 10 in seven innings to help the Royals beat his former team 6-0 on Monday night.

No pitcher has had more success at The Trop than Shields, who remains Tampa Bay's all-time leader in victories with 87, including a franchise-best 47 at home.

"It's definitely special to come back here," said Shields (9-4), who was dealt to the Royals in December 2012 as part of a seven-player trade in which Kansas City sent 2013 AL rookie of the year Wil Myers and another top young prospect, Jake Odorizzi (4-8), to Tampa Bay.

"There's so many memories. I've thrown some shutouts here and I've also thrown some champagne on the field," the 32-year-old said. "The fans were great tonight to me, welcoming me back, and that's always a great feeling."

Shields allowed singles to Ben Zobrist and James Loney in the first two innings, then worked through a jam in the third after giving up a one-out double to Kevin Kiermaier. He retired 10 straight, six by strikeout, before hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch leading off the seventh.

Alex Gordon and Omar Infante drove in runs in the third inning for the Royals, giving Shields all the offensive support he would need to beat Odorizzi.

"We've seen that act before," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said of the performance by Shields. "Wrong uniform this time, though."

Shields, who had struggled in his three most recent starts, rebounded from allowing five runs and nine hits over five innings of a 10-2 loss at Minnesota last week.

"You could tell right off the bat that, OK, let's get this guy a couple of runs and let's ride with it," Royals manager Ned Yost said. "That's exactly what happened."

The Royals tacked on two runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth -- with Infante and Gordon both collecting their second RBIs of the game -- and finished with 14 hits.

Wade Davis, another former Tampa Bay pitcher the Royals obtained in the Shields trade, worked a perfect eighth. Scott Downs finished the combined four-hitter, giving up a ninth-inning single to Zobrist.

The loss was just the third in 13 games for the Rays, who were coming off a road trip in which they went 9-2 to climb out of the AL East cellar.

Odorizzi allowed two runs and six hits, struck out eight and walked two in his third career appearance against the Royals, who beat the 24-year-old in Kansas City on April 9.

"All the series we played on the road we played fantastic. I guess we were kind of due for one of these games," Odorizzi said. "I don't think this game is really going to set us back that much in the long run."

Shields won his only previous matchup against his former team 8-2 at Kansas City on April 30, 2013.

He remains Tampa Bay's career leader in starts, strikeouts and innings pitched, in addition to wins. He won the franchise's first-ever postseason game and owns the club's only World Series victory.

Notes

Rays RHP Jeremy Hellickson will make his season debut Tuesday night, returning from right elbow surgery. The Royals will counter with LHP Jason Vargas (8-3, 3.32 ERA). ... Kansas City DH Billy Butler, who entered mired in a 3-for-23 slide, was dropped to seventh in the lineup. It's the lowest spot for him this season. ... The Royals sent OF Nori Aoki (strained left groin) to Double-A Northwest Arkansas for a rehab assignment. ... The Rays announced the signing of Dominican Republic prospect Adrian Rondon for $2.95 million on the shortstop's 16th birthday. Minor league pitcher Matt Ramsey was traded to Miami for the Marlins' second, third and fourth international bonus slots, a move that provided the team with more than $1 million to go toward the signing of Rondon.

 
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James Shields strikes out 10 in his return to Tropicana Field as the Royals blank the Rays.  (USATSI)
James Shields strikes out 10 in his return to Tropicana Field as the Royals blank the Rays. (USATSI)

Players of the Game
Kansas City

J. Shields
IP 7.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 10
Kansas City

A. Gordon
AB 5
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
 
Kansas City Royals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lorenzo Cain, CF-RF5120001 .311
Eric Hosmer, 1B5221011 .256
Salvador Perez, C5110012 .284
Alex Gordon, LF5132010 .269
Omar Infante, 2B5132010 .262
Mike Moustakas, 3B3001112 .192
Billy Butler, DH4010112 .266
Raul Ibanez, RF3000024 .157
   Jarrod Dyson, CF1010000 .298
Alcides Escobar, SS4010014 .290
James Shields, P0000000 .400
   Wade Davis, P0000000 .000
   Scott Downs, P0000000 .000
Totals40614629  
Batting
2B - Eric Hosmer (23, Oviedo), Alex Gordon (24, Oviedo), Omar Infante (9, Oviedo)
SF - Mike Moustakas (3)
RBI - Eric Hosmer (38), Alex Gordon 2 (44), Omar Infante 2 (44), Mike Moustakas (36)
SB - Lorenzo Cain 2 (10, 2nd base off Yates/Hanigan)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Perez-Escobar
Kansas City Royals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
James Shields (W,9-4) 73001100 3.71
Wade Davis 1000020 1.19
Scott Downs 1100010 5.61
HBP - Longoria (by James Shields)
Pitches-Strikes - James Shields 103-64, Wade Davis 10-7, Scott Downs 16-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - James Shields 6-4, Scott Downs 1-1
Batters Faced - James Shields 25, Wade Davis 3, Scott Downs 4
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, CF4000021 .248
Ben Zobrist, SS3020100 .268
Matt Joyce, LF3000033 .268
   a-Brandon Guyer, PH1000011 .248
Evan Longoria, 3B3000011 .263
James Loney, DH4010002 .278
Logan Forsythe, 2B3000032 .243
Sean Rodriguez, 1B3000012 .241
Ryan Hanigan, C3000010 .216
Kevin Kiermaier, RF3010010 .286
Jake Odorizzi, P0000000 .000
   Kirby Yates, P0000000 .000
   Juan Carlos Oviedo, P0000000 .000
Totals30040113  
a-struck out for Joyce in the 9th
Batting
2B - Kevin Kiermaier (9, Shields)
CS - Ben Zobrist (3, 2nd base by Shields/Perez)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
E - Kevin Kiermaier (2, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Jake Odorizzi (L,4-8) 6622280 4.10
Kirby Yates 1100010 2.03
Juan Carlos Oviedo 2744000 3.48
Pitches-Strikes - Jake Odorizzi 101-64, Kirby Yates 18-11, Juan Carlos Oviedo 33-27
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jake Odorizzi 5-5, Kirby Yates 1-1, Juan Carlos Oviedo 2-4
Batters Faced - Jake Odorizzi 26, Kirby Yates 4, Juan Carlos Oviedo 13
Game Information
Attendance - 13406
Game Time - 2:51
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Laz Diaz, Third Base - Mark Carlson