San Diego Padres right hander James Shields gave fans a glimpse of what garnered him a four-year $75 million dollar contract this offseason as he threw five hitless innings against the Cubs on Sunday, striking out six.
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Shields has gotten off to a hot start for the Padres this spring, and in 12 innings has accumulated 16 strikeouts to four walks and has a 2.25 ERA.
He even added a line drive single off Cubs right hander Jason Hammel in the third inning, his second hit of the spring.
The Padres would go on to win the game 6-1 thanks in large part to Shields, but also got help from a two-run blast from first baseman Tommy Medica in the eighth inning.
It was Medica’s fourth homer of the spring, and like Shields, is off to a hot start batting .556.
Tyson Ross will get the nod for the Padres on Monday as they take on the Chicago White Sox at 1:05 p.m. in Peoria.
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