Shields fires gem; Davis hits 33rd homer 

October, 3, 2012
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Tampa Bay Rays right-hander James Shields finished his season with a dominating effort against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday, striking out 15 in a complete game, though he lost. Shields allowed only two hits, but one was a Chris Davis home run. Shields didn't have quite the year he did in 2011, but it wasn't far off, and he should be considered a safe top-20 starting pitcher in 2013 drafts.

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Mike Buscher/Cal Sport Media/AP ImagesChris Davis has had a breakout season, though it's worth noting he will lose 3B qualification in 2013.
• As for the ever-streaky Davis, he's on quite the roll, with home runs in six consecutive games (seven in all), and 13 RBIs in that span. Davis is a career .258 hitter, so few can complain about his current .272 batting average. Ignore the strikeouts and enjoy what Davis does well. Only 10 players have hit more home runs than his 33 this season. It's reasonable to expect 30 more in 2013.

• Speaking of 33, Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche will likely finish with that many home runs, and his solo blast Tuesday gave him an even 100 RBIs. Shoulder problems limited LaRoche to a .172 average and three home runs in 2011, but he came back strong. Those in daily leagues should prepare for LaRoche to sit Wednesday, but he has earned it. He's a top-15 first baseman next season.

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