Workhorse Shields excelling in long outings

Workhorse Shields excelling in long outings

Workhorse Shields excelling in long outings
ST. PETERSBURG -- After leading the Rays to a 4-1 win Saturday night with eight-plus innings to move to 3-0, James Shields has worked eight or more innings 18 times in his last 34 starts dating back to April 19, 2011.

Shields and Detroit's Justin Verlander are the only pitchers in the Major Leagues this year with three starts of eight-plus innings, and Shields led the Major Leagues last season with 15 starts of at least eight innings.

The Rays have won Shields' last nine starts at home dating back to July 21 against the Yankees, which is a streak that ties Shields' own record for the most consecutive team wins in home starts by a pitcher (also May 25-Aug. 19, 2008). He is tied with Toronto's Ricky Romero for the longest active such streak in the American League. During this span, Shields is 7-0 with a 2.56 ERA, allowing one run or less in six of those nine starts.