Rays shuffle rotation - Price to start Thursday
UPDATE, 5:48: A convenient by-product of the shuffle, Price and Shields are now lined up to face the Yankees May 16-17 at the Trop.
DEVELOPING: The Rays shuffled their rotation in an effort to keep their top two starters on the mound more and on schedule - David Price will now start Thursday at home, James Shields will open the series in Baltimore on Friday and Jeremy Hellickson will be pushed back to Saturday.
Manager Joe Maddon said it was simply a matter of keeping the bulk of the starters on a more regular schedule and only have one - Hellickson - pushed back.
This is how the new arrangement will look:
Tonight vs. Jays: Wade Davis
Wednesday vs. Jays: Jeff Niemann
Thursday vs. Jays: David Price
Friday at O's: James Shields
Saturday at O's: Jeremy Hellickson
Sunday: at O's: Davis
Tuesday (May 10) at Indians: Niemann
Wednesday (May 11) at Indians: Price
Thursday (May 12) at Indians: Shields