David Price officially named Opening Day starter
Manager Joe Maddon officially announced Tuesday what's been expected all along, that ace left-hander David Price will be the Rays Opening Day starter April 1 against the Orioles.
RHP James Shields, who started the opener the past three seasons, will pitch the second game. RHP Jeff Niemann, RHP Wade Davis and RHP Jeremy Hellickson are expected to follow from there in the regular rotation.
It comes as no surprise to anybody - including Shields - that Price will take over the top spot, coming off a season in which he won 19 games, started the All-Star game and finished second in the AL Cy Young voting.
"He was second in Cy Young, best lefty in the league, Warren Spahn Award, figured he earned it," Shields said. "I want to be No. 1, there's no doubt, everybody does. But (Price) earned it, just like I earned it, when I got it. Im happy for him. This guy had an unbelievable year last year. He’s one of the best pitchers in the game."