Rays set rotation: Sonnanstine Saturday, Hellickson Sunday, Price Monday
Update 5:20 p.m. Manager Joe Maddon explained moving Price back to Monday's start, saying he wants to keep a close eye on his workload, which has been "harsh" as of late.
Price, who is at 145 2/3 innings, said was good with the move, pointing out how he will still have the same amount of starts left in the regular season (10), and that now he'll be lined up to face the Rangers Monday, along with the Red Sox twice down the stretch.
"I'm fine with that," he said. "I like facing those guys. I don't have any problem with that. At this point right now, an extra day or two is not a bad thing....I feel just as good now as I have at any point this year. My body feels good, my legs feel good, my arm feels fantastic. Just keep working."
Developing: The Rays have finalized what they're going to do Saturday, choosing to pitch RHP Andy Sonnanstine against the Orioles at Tropicana Field.
Sonnanstine will be filling in for the injured RHP Jeff Niemann (on the DL with right shoulder soreness). Touted prospect Jeremy Hellickson, who has won his first two big league starts, will start Sunday, with LHP David Price going Monday to start a three-game series with the first-place Rangers.
-- JOE SMITH