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Royals don't support James Shields in 5-1 loss to the Tigers

KANSAS CITY -- In all likelihood, James Shields is in his final months as a member of the Royals starting rotation. Just one game on Sunday, an All-Star Break, and one-half season to go. This is the way baseball works, of course. Shields will be a free agent in the offseason. He will likely command nine figures in salary. For a team like the Royals, that's one too many zeros. This is context, of course, for what happened at Kauffman Stadium on Saturday night. Shields worked seven innings, threw a season-high 121 pitches, and generally looked like the workhorse ace he's been since he arrived in Kansas City in a blockbuster deal before the 2013 season. The Royals lost anyway, falling 5-1...

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