MLB In Full Bloom - James Shields Strikes Out 10 In Win - 7/8/2014


James Shields 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. 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. Shields retired 10 straight, six by strikeout, before hitting Evan Longoria with a pitch leading off the seventh. Going into this one, he had allowed 16 earned runs and struck out just 14 over 25 innings in his last four starts. Obviously, the Royals are hoping for many more outings like this in the second half of the season. The right-hander improved to 9-4.


  • Manny Machado went 5-for-6 with his eighth homer on Monday as the Orioles beat the Nationals 8-2 in 11 innings. The Orioles went homerless for 10 innings before Chris Davis, J.J. Hardy and Machado all went deep in the six-run 11th. It was Machado's first career five-hit game. He's 9-for-17 in three games since returning from a five-game suspension and he has four homers in his last seven games overall.
  • Jesse Chavez worked six shutout innings, in a 5-0 victory against the Giants on Monday night. The right-hander struck out nine scattered four hits and walked two to win his first outing since June 15, and just his third since May 19. Chavez owned a 2.78 ERA at the end of May, but he'd gone just 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA in six starts since the beginning of June prior to tonight. The A's are going to manage Chavez's innings over the second half of the season. He is scheduled to start Saturday in Seattle.
  • Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a stolen base and two runs scored during Monday's 12-7 win over the Rangers. Altuve continues to impress as we approach the Midsummer Classic, leading MLB with 124 hits, while his .338 batting average and 39 steals rank first in the American League.
  • Joey Votto (quad) was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 6, with a strained left quad. Votto went through infield drills Monday before the Reds faced the Cubs, but he's still feeling some soreness and will now get some extended rest. It's unclear how long he'll be out, but it's important that the Reds get him healthy for the second half. Fantasy owners can expect to see a combination of Jay Bruce, Todd Frazier, and Brayan Pena at first base during his absence.
  • Bronson Arroyo (elbow) will require Tommy John surgery, ending his 2014 season. This development comes out of nowhere, as Arroyo had resumed playing catch when an initial MRI revealed only a sprain of the UCL, but a re-evaluation of the elbow evidently showed something more severe. Considering that Arroyo isn't a hard thrower and had never been on the disabled list in his career prior to suffering the elbow injury in June, an ailment of this extent is an extreme surprise. He signed a two-year $23 million deal with the Diamondbacks this past offseason. Arroyo is expected to miss the next 12 to 18 months.
  • Brian McCann has gotten off to a slow start this season with the New York Yankees and Terry Pendleton is not surprised. Pendleton, who spent six seasons as McCann's hitting coach with the Atlanta Braves, said during an interview with the New York Post that the star catcher will "never be comfortable" playing in New York. McCann signed a five-year, $85 million deal with the Yankees this past offseason after spending his first nine seasons with the Braves. He is batting just .230, which is 44 points below his career average with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs in 79 games this year. Pendleton believes that McCann is putting too much pressure on himself to produce ant that is when the 30-year old catcher gets into trouble.
  • A New York Yankees fan is hoping that a mid-game nap could net him $10 million. Andrew Rector, 26, fell asleep during the April 13 game between the Yankees and the rival Boston Red Sox. It was nationally televised on ESPN, and Rector was noticed by cameras and talked about by commentators John Kruk and Dan Shulman. The video of Rector titled "Tired fan naps in the stands" was then published to and YouTube. People on the Internet made fun of Rector and now he's filed a defamation lawsuit against the Yankees, MLB, ESPN, Kruk and Shulman. Rector is seeking $10 million in damages after the "unending verbal crusade."