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White Sox boost rotation with former Ray Shields

James Shields

James Shields

SAN DIEGO — The Padres traded former Rays RHP James Shields and cash to the White Sox on Saturday for minor-league RHP Erik Johnson and SS Fernando Tatis Jr.

The deal came three days after Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler criticized the team's recent performances as being "embarrassing" and "pathetic" and called out Shields for his poor start Tuesday at Seattle.

Shields, 34, was one of several big-name players the Padres brought in before the 2015 season, giving him a $75 million, four-year deal. The roster overhaul fizzled, as the Padres finished three games worse last year than they did in 2014.

Shields has a 4.28 ERA in 11 starts with a career-worst 2.11 strikeout-to-walk ratio. He allowed 10 runs in 22/3 innings in Tuesday's 16-4 loss to the Mariners.

He has been among the most durable pitchers in the majors, making at least 31 starts every season beginning in 2007.

"You have to have a lot of respect for him," White Sox ace LHP Chris Sale said. "It's not easy. You don't just roll out of bed and throw 200 innings. For him, it seems like it's that way."

Shields spent his first seven seasons with Tampa Bay, going 87-75 with a 3.89 ERA and earning the nickname "Big Game James" for his frequent clutch performances. He was an All-Star in 2011 and finished third in the Cy Young voting when he posted a 2.82 ERA and led the AL with 11 complete games and four shutouts. He's 129-104, 3.76 for his career with the Rays, Royals and Padres.

A'S: RHP Sonny Gray will be activated from the disabled list to pitch today, manager Bob Melvin said. Gray, out since May 22 with a strained trapezius, was expected to make a rehab start for Class A Stockton.

METS: LF Yoenis Cespedes was scratched from the starting lineup because of a sore right hip.

RANGERS: 2B Rougned Odor was back in the lineup after finishing his seven-game suspension for punching Blue Jays RF Jose Bautista.

ROYALS: C Salvador Perez returned to the lineup after missing six games with a bruised left thigh.

YANKEES: 1B Mark Teixeira went on the 15-day disabled list with torn cartilage in his right knee. It's unknown how much time he will miss.

White Sox boost rotation with former Ray Shields 06/04/16 [Last modified: Saturday, June 4, 2016 9:01pm]
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