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Shields solid for Rays staff

Hart product is one of three locals who have played in majors this season

Posted: July 14, 2009 9:26 p.m.
Updated: July 15, 2009 4:55 a.m.

A trio of local players began the season in the Major Leagues, and from there, their paths have diverged.

James Shields, a Hart grad, has gone on to anchor the Tampa Bay Rays staff, with an ERA that would have gotten him All-Star consideration had he gotten better run support.

Overall, Shields has posted a 6-6 record and a 3.42 ERA for the third-place Rays.

Shields rebounded from a loss in his first start to win a pair and prove that the he has the stuff to push the Rays toward another playoff appearance.

Only once since his first loss has he not thrown five innings and not a single time all year has he not at least pitched through the fifth.

Kevin Millar, an alumnus of the William S. Hart Pony League, has stepped into a role-player spot for the Blue Jays.

Millar has batted clean-up for the Blue Jays at times, while filling in for designated hitter Scott Rolen.

Currently the 12-year veteran is hitting .241 with four home runs and 22 RBIs.

Dana Eveland, a pitcher and former College of the Canyons player, is currently designated for assignment by Oakland and could be headed for a new team within a week.

Eveland struggled to replicate the success he had in 2008, when he won nine games and had a 4.34 ERA. This season, Eveland has posted an ERA of 8.00 in 27 innings.

On July 8, Oakland designated him for assignment.

On Friday he cleared waivers and was optioned to AAA Sacramento.

Last year, the COC alumnus started 29 games for the A’s.


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