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Starters to go two innings, except Shields

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Wade Davis pitched two innings in his first start on Tuesday, and that's the plan for the rest of the Royals' top starters this week -- except for James Shields.

Shields, who'll pitch on Thursday against San Diego, will pitch just one inning at his request. The No. 1 starter feels that that works best for him, manager Ned Yost said.

"We have now a group of veteran pitchers that understand their bodies, understand what it takes to be ready for Opening Day," Yost said. "We consult with them and ask and get their feelings on it, too."