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For starters, Rays at Yankees, with Price on the mound

David Price has been the subject of rampant trade speculation, so any start at this point could be his last for the Rays.

WILL VRAGOVIC | Times

David Price has been the subject of rampant trade speculation, so any start at this point could be his last for the Rays.

UPDATE, 6:42: Maddon said they felt the need was greater to bolster the bullpen at least short term than add an extra position player. ... He chose Figueroa as the DH because he wanted to get him some at-bats, liked the matchup and didn't want to change the on-field alignment. .. Maddon said Peralta made a bad pitch last night but otherwise is fine and he still has confidence in him.

Rays lineup:
Jennings cf
Zobrist ss
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Forsythe 2b
Figueroa DH
Molina c
Kiermaier rf
Price p

Yankees lineup:
Gardner lf
Jeter ss
Ellsbury cf
Teixeira 1b
Beltran DH
Soriano  rf
Roberts 2b
Cervelli c
Solarte 3b
Kuroda p

UPDATE, 3:14: Rather than add an infielder, the Rays decided to bolster their bullpen - at least in the short term - and called up LHP Jeff Beliveau to take the roster spot opened by Escobar going on the DL.

Beliveau has been having a strong season for the Bulls, with a 1.10 ERA and 10 saves through 26 games, allowing 15 hits and 14 walks while striking out 46.

DEVELOPING: Having come back to beat the Yankees after blowing a ninth-inning lead Monday, the Rays are back on the big stage tonight, and have ace David Price on the mound.

Price has been the subject of rampant trade speculation, so any start at this point could be his last for them.

But Price suggested Monday that the team's recent improved play could decrease the chances that he is dealt, which makes some sense. Or at the least, delay any action by the Rays to see if they can get back into the playoff race over the next month until the July 31 deadline for nonwaiver deals.

After Monday's game the Rays put SS Yunel Escobar on the DL due to his sore shoulder, and will name a replacement this afternoon.

Showing the trade speculation is no distraction, Price has been pitching exceptionally well, striking out 10 or more in five straight games.

His contributions are a big reason the Rays struck out 287 batters in June, a major-league record for any month.

 

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