For starters, Rays vs. Tigers
Update 4:57 p.m. LHP David Price said his back feels fine today, and plans to do his regular throwing tommorrow in preparation for his next start.
Price, who was pulled in the eighth inning of Friday's win due to lower back tightness, seemed to be walking around fine, and is confident he won't miss any time. Manager Joe Maddon wants to wait and see what the athletic training staff thinks, and see how Price feels after his regular bullpen session. Maddon said they haven't even discussed the thought of potentially holding Price out of the All-Star game, if selected, even if he can pitch for Rays.
*Speaking of All-Star, with the selections getting announced Sunday, Maddon maintained that Price - the AL's first 11-game winner - and closer Fernando Rodney (22 saves) are deserving of spots on the team.
"I would be really annoyed and upset if Fernando didn't get there," Maddon said.
*INF Will Rhymes is in the lineup again, against Tigers RHP Rick Porcello. INF Sean Rodriguez hasn't started since Wednesday, but said he's as healthy as he can be. Looks like Maddon wants to get Rhymes more regular action, having admitted he hadn't done as good of job of keeping him involved. Rhymes did well last night, with 20-plus pitches in a couple at-bats against RHP Justin Verlander.
*RHP Joel Peralta, back from his eight-game suspension, is "excited" to return to the bullpen, saying it's been the longest eight days of his career. Peralta said he appreciated the support given by manager Joe Maddon, as well as others around the league, during his absence after getting caught using pine tar on his glove in June 19 game in Washington.
Peralta did say that Tigers manager Jim Leyland joked with him yesterday he plans to check his glove if he pitches tonight.
Maddon admitted it will take a little time to sort out how to use RHP Kyle Farnsworth, who is back from the DL, and Peralta, and LHP Jake McGee in the late innings. Maddon said it just makes their bullpen "thicker" in the earlier innings, noting how well RHP Wade Davis, RHP Burke Badenhop and LHP J.P. Howell have been throwing.
Developing: The Rays, coming off a big win Friday night, will turn back the clock tonight in a nationally-televised matchup with the Tigers at Tropicana Field.
They'll wear some old-school uniforms, and Earth Wind & Fire will play a post-game concert.
RHP Jeremy Hellickson, who comes off the disabled list, will make the start. RHP Joel Peralta and RHP Kyle Farnsworth are also back in the bullpen.