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For starters: Rays vs. Orioles, avoiding the sweep

David Price, coming off a solid seven-inning outing in New York on Firday, has been a control freak this season, with 55 strikeouts and only five walks.

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David Price, coming off a solid seven-inning outing in New York on Firday, has been a control freak this season, with 55 strikeouts and only five walks.

UPDATE, 5:22: Jose Molina will be behind the plate as usual when Price is on the mound. Maddon did say, however, that he plans to use Ryan Hanigan on about a 2-1 basis overall.

Rays lineup:
Zobrist 2b
Jennings cf
Joyce lf
Longoria 3b
Loney 1b
Myers rf
DeJesus dh
Escobar ss
Molina c
Price p

Orioles lineup:
Markakis rf
Machado 3b
Cruz lf
Jones cf
Wieters dh
Hardy ss
Pearce 1b
Schoop 2b
Joseph c
Jimenez p

DEVELOPING: The Rays will try to avoid being swept in a three-game home series tonight when they take on the Orioles, and they feel they have the right man for the job with LHP David Price on the mound.

Price, coming off a solid seven-inning outing in New York on Firday, has been a control freak this season, with 55 strikeouts and only five walks. Plus he has thrown first-pitch strikes to 71.1 percent of his batters, the top mark in the majors.

Price is 7-2, 2,70 in 16 starts against the Orioles.

RHP Ubaldo Jimenez, off to a rough 1-2, 5.19 start, will be on the mound for the Orioles.

Since 2008, the Rays have been swept at home only five times in a series of three or more games, last on June 12-14, 2012, by the Mets. That's the fewest in the majors behind the Yankees.

Lineups when available.

 

 

[Last modified: Thursday, May 8, 2014 6:29pm]

    

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