The biggest move of the winter took center stage on Opening Day for the Kansas City Royals. No longer a team that is rebuilding, David Glass and company took steps this off-season to become contenders.
The top prospect in the organization was packaged away in order to get the one thing the Royals felt they needed more than anything else: a pitcher that could truly be an ace. In addition, they got a pitcher who possesses the nickname to define his role with the club. Welcome to 2013 Royals baseball, let us introduce “Big Game” James Shields.
Opening Day showed the fans exactly what they wanted to see. Shields took the mound and pitched like the ace that he is. He got in small bits of trouble, refused to be shook up about it, and fought out of the jams. He struck out six batters without issuing a single free pass. He battled, giving up eight hits and still managed to pitch six innings. He showed Royals fans that he was exactly as advertised.
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