Royals' Shields, KU's Self team up for foster kids

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Royals pitcher James Shields joined up with Kansas basketball coach Bill Self on Wednesday night at Kauffman Stadium to film a public service announcement to promote foster families.

Shields has been working with foster organizations ever since he was a member of the Tampa Bay Rays, while Self serves on the board of KVA Health Systems, a nonprofit that provides health care, social services and education to children and families.

Both of them spent time signing autographs and taking pitchers with about a dozen kids before the Royals were scheduled to play the Cleveland Indians in the second of their three-game series.

Shields said of the kids, "A lot of the memories they have aren't very good, so if we can create some good ones, that's all that really matters."