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For starters, Rays vs Indians

Update 8:11 p.m. LHP David Price's first start of the season is over, with the touted prospect lasting just 3 1/3 innings.

Price gave up two runs on four hits, with a two-run homer by Ryan Garko the biggest mistake. Overall, he threw 100 pitches, 57 for strikes.

The night started off reasonably well for Price, with him getting himself out of a first inning jam (runners on second and third with no outs) by striking out the next three batters, reaching 98 and 99 mph with his fastball.

But while Price struck out six, he walked five, helping drive his pitch count up.

It should be an eventful series opener in Cleveland, with top prospect LHP David Price scheduled to make his season debut here at Progressive Field.

There should be some news pre-game regarding the extent of 2B Akinori Iwamura's knee injury, suffered Sunday in Miami, and some updates on when DH Pat Burrell could return to the lineup. 

But as for on the field, the Indians are saying they're not expecting any carryover from last week's series at Tropicana Field, when things got testy late in the series finale, with Kerry Wood throwing a pitch behind B.J. Upton (and another one inside), and catcher Victor Martinez arguing the Rays weren't playing the right way in stealing bases while down 9-0 earlier in the series.

Manager Joe Maddon got fined $500 for "instigating," coming out of the dugout yelling, and the benches cleared (though there were no punches thrown).

Martinez told the Cleveland Plain Dealer he was fined for comments he made to reporters after the game.

"I don't think there will be a carryover," Martinez told the paper. "I've got enough stuff to worry about. I'm not going to worry about some other team.
"For me it's over. It's just another series."

Wood told the Plain-Dealer he felt the same: "I haven't really thought about it. If you look at it, they didn't get hit and one of our guys got hit the next inning. Really we've got to worry about winning games."

Rays lineup

Upton cf
Crawford lf
Longoria 3b
Pena 1b
Aybar 2b
Zobrist rf
Gross dh
Navi v
Brignac ss
Price, lhp


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