by Ryan Adams
You never forget where you came from. At least you shouldn't. James Shields certainly doesn't forget a day spent with his former team, the Tampa Bay Rays coming up through their farm system and becoming the highly sought-after pitcher that he was this past off-season. It wasn't long before he and Wade Davis, also a home-grown prospect for the Rays, were shipped off to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for top prospect, Wil Meyers, and a few other arms from the Royals minor league system.
Tuesday night, James Shields will get the start for the Royals against the Rays up in Kansas City at Kaufman Stadium. It will, no doubt, be a game filled with emotion in both dugouts, and a game that Shields wants to win - badly.
"I want to win every single time I go out there," Shields told the Times', Marc Topkin. "But, yeah, definitely, there's no doubt, man, there's no doubt I want to beat them."
Rays All-Star third baseman, Evan Longoria, made a few choice comments about the departures of Shields and BJ Upton earlier this season that rubbed the former Rays' ace the wrong way. The two have since mended things after Longoria apologized for the comments, and he seems to be anxious, himself, to face his old teammate for the first time.
"I think it's going to be fun," Longoria said. "I think win, lose, or draw it will be an interesting experience, and a good test for all of us."
The Rays and Royals square off from KC at 8:10 PM eastern time as Alex Cobb gets the start for the Rays, looking for his fourth win of the season.
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