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Shields Starts New Chapter With Padres

Pitcher finally makes awaited spring debut.

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The San Diego Padres made moves during the off season to enhance their roster, but the signing of James Shields may be the most significant for their impending playoff run.

Shields signed a four year/$75 million dollar contract, which was the largest deal in franchise history and on Saturday he made his Padres debut against the defending World Series Champs, the San Francisco Giants.

The last time the right-hander faced the Giants was in the World Series while with the Kansas City Royals and now he brings his playoff experience to a Padres staff looking for a solid ace.

In the game, Shields threw one inning, allowed a hit while tossing 11 pitches. He also faced ex-teammate Nori Aoki and got him to ground out to second base.

“He threw the ball well. He was efficient, he was good,” manager Bud Black told MLB.com.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also coaches baseball for ages 13-15, a Babe Ruth League team in his local community. David's passion is coaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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