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James Shields conference call notes (Joe Burke Special Achievement Award)

James Shields carved up the strike zone to the tune of 196 strikeouts in 2013.  He spent Halloween morning carving up pumpkins at his daughters’ elementary school.

Shields then participated in a conference call after earning the 2013 Joe Burke Special Achievement Award.  The Royals also picked up his 2014 option on Thursday.

He said he’s excited to be back with KC and says that he loves the city.  He loves the organization’s willingness to win and while he hasn’t thought about his future beyond 2014, he wouldn’t mind making KC his home.

Shields was asked about his post-victory celebrations at home (he helped to install a neon sign with a bullseye while catcher George Kottaras brought in a smoke machine).  Shields just wanted to help his teammates keep their minds off of the pressure of the 162-game season.  He says the wins are all that really matter, not the individual statistics.

Hosmer, Shields honored for August

Eric Hosmer won a third straight Royals Majestic Player of the Month honor in August.  First-year Royal James Shields went 4-1 to earn his first Royals Pitcher of the Month honor.  Royals fan Randy presented them with the honor.  You could go on the field for the presentation – just vote for the Majestic Player of the Month at Rally House or the Royals Majestic Team Store. Congrats Eric and James!Shields and Hosmer

Ned Yost media session: April 30, 2013

Ned Yost held his usual pre-game presser this afternoon. He joked that everyone in attendance should enjoy the beautiful weather today because the forecast is for cooler temps later in the week.

James Shields was the obvious topic of discussion this afternoon. Anytime a pitcher faces his old teammates for the first time, there is going to be hype. With Shields facing the Rays tonight, it is no different. When asked if James has a book on the Rays, Yost had this to say, “He knows them inside and out. He is very observant on the bench during the games. I think he has pretty good idea of how he wants to go about his business today.” Ned also noted it is nice to have an ace like Shields on the mound because it usually gives the bullpen a chance to get some rest.

Luis Mendoza was the second topic of discussion. Yost was asked if Mendy would be ready to go after having such a long lay off in between starts. “He is a guy who doesn’t freak out and over analyze a situation. He just goes out, grabs the ball and does what he does. It’s a good mindset to have and a perfect mindset for a number five starter.”

Royals Spring Training Report debuts Thursday on FOX Sports Kansas City

Gear up for the season (and warm up) with the Royals Spring Training Report, a 30-minute special, on FOX Sports Kansas City!

The show first airs this Thursday, February 28 at 10 p.m. on FOX Sports Kansas City.

The show includes:

· A one-on-one interview with new Royals ace James Shields

· An interview with GM Dayton Moore on the Royals new acquisitions

· Infielder Elliot Johnson – mic’d up for photo day

· A feature on the battle for the fifth spot in the rotation

If you can’t catch the Royals Spring Training Report on February 28, tune in on:

Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m.

Monday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 16 at 11 a.m.

Saturday photos: Royals walk off in style

Brandon Wood delivered a two-run homer in the ninth as KC picked up a 4-2 win over Texas on Saturday.  Here’s the celebration:




Jarrod Dyson tracks down a fly ball.

Jarrod Dyson tracks down a fly ball.


Prospect Donnie Joseph impressed by striking out the side in the seventh.

Prospect Donnie Joseph impressed by striking out the side in the seventh.


James Shields threw in a side session today.

James Shields threw in a side session today.

Infielder/Outfielder Elliot Johnson acquired from Rays

The Kansas City Royals today announced that infielder/outfielder Elliot Johnson was acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays as the player to be named in the December 9, 2012 trade that also sent right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis to the Royals.

Johnson, who will turn 29 on March 9, was placed on the Royals 40-man roster while right-handed pitcher Felipe Paulino was placed on the 60-day Disabled List effective today as he continued his rehab from Tommy John surgery. Paulino will be eligible for reinstatement on June 1. Johnson is expected to join the Royals Spring Training camp in Surprise, Ariz., on Thursday, February 14.

The switch-hitter played in 123 games for the Rays in 2012, batting .242 with 10 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 33 RBI and 32 runs scored. The 6-foot-1, 190-pounder also stole 18 bases in 24 attempts playing mostly at shortstop (68 starts), but also making starts at second base and third base and appearing in the outfield. Johnson is a career .223 hitter in 200 Major League games, all for Tampa Bay.

Johnson, born and raised in Arizona, now resides in Durham, NC, with his wife, Nicole, and their son, Blake.

We welcome Elliot to the Royals!  You can follow him on Twitter @ElliotJohnson9


James Shields and Wade Davis introduced in Kansas City

ShieldsDavis1Newly acquired right-handed pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis donned Royals uniforms for the first time today at a morning press conference.  General Manager Dayton Moore and Manager Ned Yost joined the media session.

Yost said that Shields and Davis “have winning flowing in their veins”. He is excited with these additions plus Jeremy Guthrie and Ervin Santana, noting how important it is to have five consistent starters. The aforementioned pitchers currently line up as KC’s first four, with Yost foreseeing a spring battle for the fifth spot.

Shields_jerseyYost saw the 2012 All-Star week as a turning point, noting the big crowds for all of the events that week.  He is excited for the possibility of a similar “phenomenal atmosphere” at Kauffman Stadium in 2013.

Shields echoed Yost’s comments, noting the passion and drive of the fan base. Shields settled in with a number 24 jersey, though he has worn 33 for most of his career.  That number is currently held by Jeremy Guthrie. Lighthearted negotiations for 33 are ongoing, with Shields knowing that he may have to find a pair of shoes (or two) for Guthrie, who likes his sneakers.

Davis_uniformMoore and Yost were asked about the importance of a winning culture, something that is hard to put into numbers. Yost cited his experiences in Atlanta, where the addition of a few key pieces were the difference as the Braves went from worst to first. Moore spoke about Zack Greinke and his return from anxiety issues. Moore believes that the culture – from the front office to the media – helped Greinke get to where he is today.

Speaking of Greinke, Davis was asked about a May, 2010 start in which he tossed 7.0 shutout innings in a 1-0 Rays win over the former KC righty. Davis remembered it fondly and is ready to have more opportunities as he returns to a starting role.

Shields and Davis speak to reporters on conference call

Newly acquired starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis spoke with the KC media today. Here are some notes:

Shields is looking forward to getting to Kansas City. He remembers the great baseball fans from his trips here with Tampa Bay. He loves pitching at Kauffman Stadium, which he described as a gorgeous park.

He believes that the Royals are definitely on the right track and is most impressed by the club’s defense.  Shields, who turns 31 on December 20, spoke of his conversation with General Manager Dayton Moore and how they talked about a “win now” approach.

Shields prides himself on going deep into games and saving the bullpen. He doesn’t put too much pressure on himself and is comfortable being “the” guy.

Shields said that Davis has a powerful arm, tremendous stuff and is a competitor. He believes Davis learned a lot this year in the bullpen.

As for Davis, he is ready to make that return to the rotation after relieving in 2012, noting that he started working out during the World Series. He doesn’t believe that his smaller workload in 2012 (70.1 IP) will restrict him as he returns to starting. The 27-year old is excited about the move and the opportunity that it presents for him. He described Shields as a staff leader, a big personality and an absolute competitor on the mound.

Royals acquire pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis along with a player to be named or cash from Rays in exchange for Myers, Odorizzi, Montgomery and Leonard

The Kansas City Royals tonight acquired right-handed starting pitchers James Shields and Wade Davis and a player to be named or cash considerations from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league outfielder Wil Myers, right-handed pitcher Jake Odorizzi, left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery and third baseman Patrick Leonard.

Shields, who will turn 31 on December 20, has established himself as one of the premier pitchers in the American League. He followed up an All-Star campaign in 2011, in which posted a 16-12 record with a 2.82 ERA and finished third in the A.L. Cy Young voting, by posting a 15-10 record with a 3.52 ERA in 33 starts with Tampa Bay last season. In 227.2 innings, Shields allowed 208 hits, walked 58 and struck out 223, just two shy of his career best set in 2011 and the third-most in the league. Shields is joined by the Mariners’ Felix Hernandez, the Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw and the Tigers’ Justin Verlander as the only four pitchers in baseball to record at least 220 strikeouts in each of the last two seasons.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound right-hander has compiled an 87-73 career record with a 3.89 ERA in 218 games (217 starts) all for the Rays since making his debut in 2006. Since tossing 124.2 innings in 21 starts during his rookie campaign, Shields has won at least 11 games, made at least 31 starts and topped the 200-inning mark in six straight seasons. He joins the Jays’ Mark Buehrle, the Giants’ Matt Cain, the Yankees’ CC Sabathia and Verlander as the only five pitchers in baseball to post at least 200 innings in six straight seasons. In 2011, his 11 complete games were the most by a Major League pitcher since Arizona’s Randy Johnson had 12 in 1999.

Shields and his wife, Ryane, reside in Clearwater, Fla., with their two daughters. The couple is active with a number of charities specifically geared toward foster children and James was the Rays recipient of the Roberto Clemente Award in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

The 27-year-old Davis made a combined 64 starts for the Rays from 2009 to 2011 before pitching exclusively in the bullpen for Tampa Bay in 2012. He went 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA last season, allowing 48 hits and 29 walks with 87 strikeouts in 70.1 innings. The 6-foot-5, 225-pounder made 29 starts in both 2010 and 2011 and finished fourth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting after posting a 12-10 record with a 4.07 ERA in 2010. Davis is 28-22 with a 3.94 ERA in 118 career outings, including 64 starts. He is 25-22 in his career as a starter with a 4.22 ERA, including an 8-2 mark with a 3.38 ERA in 30 games (18 starts) against A.L. Central foes.

Davis and his wife, Katelyn, reside in Lake Wales, Fla. Davis organized the Full Count Foundation to help children who are at risk or have special needs or chronic illnesses.

Myers, who will turn 22 tomorrow (December 10), was the 2012 Baseball America, USA Today and Topps Minor League Baseball Player of the Year after hitting a combined .314 with 37 home runs and 109 RBI in 134 games for Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Omaha (AAA). He was the Royals’ third round selection in the 2009 June Free Agent Draft.

The 22-year-old Odorizzi went 15-5 with a 3.03 ERA in 26 outings (25 starts) for Northwest Arkansas and Omaha in 2012 before making two starts for the Royals in September, going 0-1. He was acquired by Kansas City in a six-player trade with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 19, 2012.

Montgomery, 23, split his season between Omaha and Northwest Arkansas, posting a 5-12 record with a 6.07 ERA in 27 starts. He was the Royals’ supplemental first round selection (36th overall) in 2008.

The 20-year-old Leonard batted .251 with 14 home runs and 46 RBI in 62 games for Burlington (R) in 2012. He was the club’s fifth-round pick in the 2011 Draft.


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