It was a rather quiet morning in the Royals' clubhouse on Friday. Not much going on -- until James Shields burst through the door.

Wearing a black cap touting his home state of California, a black T-shirt, gray shorts and sandals, Shields was carrying a bright blue Royals equipment bag. Clearly, he had arrived ready to work.

Shaking hands, he made his way to his corner locker and was greeted by manager Ned Yost and fellow starting pitcher Jeremy Guthrie. Actually, even though this was the official reporting date for Royals pitchers and catchers, most of the pitchers were taking the day off. After all, most of them had been throwing in the Arizona sun for several days now. Time for a break.

Shields, though, was just checking in, and his arrival gave the Royals their full complement of 31 pitchers and six catchers. At least Yost said he wasn't aware of anyone missing.

Naturally, Shields, as a leading light of the lockerroom, was quickly surrounded by reporters, and his message was predictably positive.

"We're in high spirits. We've got a lot of work to do. Spring Training is where it all starts. Our main goal this year is to go to the playoffs and win the World Series -- bottom line," Shields said. "This is where we start. This is where we work, and we don't take anything for granted."

There you go -- win the World Series.

That's something that Shields hasn't experienced, even though he went to the World Series in 2008 with the Tampa Bay Rays. And he's decided to stop drawing parallels between the rise of those Rays and the current Royals.