Maddon makes All-Star pitch for Shields

Maddon makes All-Star pitch for Shields

ST. PETERSBURG -- Manager Joe Maddon believes James Shields should be a member of this year's American League squad at the Midsummer Classic.

"Shieldsy definitely has to be considered for the All-Star team," Maddon said. "His ERA is down to a 2.60, [Tuesday night was] his third shutout of the season. And look at the innings the guy's racked up. The guy's into the seventh, eighth or ninth inning every time he goes out there. What else do you need to do to be an All-Star? I've been thinking that for a bit, that not only he should be considered, but be on the team. And a performance like [Tuesday night] really should galvanize that thought."

Shields threw his third shutout of the season Tuesday night, setting the club record for a single season. He currently leads the Majors in shutouts and is tied with Philadelphia's Roy Halladay for the Major League lead with four complete games.

The Rays right-hander is the first AL pitcher with three shutouts on this date since 1994, when Kansas City's David Cone and Seattle's Randy Johnson each had three shutouts through June 14. The only other Major Leaguer to do so in this span is Halladay, who had three on this date last season.

Shields has more shutouts this season than 25 teams, and more complete games than 21 teams.