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Foster kids have a friend in James Shields

Prior to Friday's Royals game, James Shields met with groups of foster children and parents from the Kansas City area. Shields' has a long-standing relationship with foster care children dating back to his days in Tampa Bay, and made sure to continue that relationship in his first season in Kansas City.

"This is a cause that is near and dear to my heart," said Shields. "Spending a day out at the ballpark is a great family activity, and I hope this program helps bring foster kids and families closer together as we try to find permanent homes for these children."

Shields met with every child individually, while posing for pictures, signing autographs, and offering words of encouragement. The smiles on the children's faces were enough to make anyone believe that "Big Game James" has a giant heart as well.

-- Henry Wear / MLB.com Real-Time Correspondent