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David Price says he has "moved on'' from the incident.
UPDATE, 7:14: Madddon seemed more upset with Hallion's post-game comments, in which he told a pool reporter that Price was a liar, than what we said on the field. "I would have to believe if he's given another opportunity he might want to rephrase what he said or how he said it,'' Maddon said. "Of course that's a very strong thing to say to anybody. ... I think anybody would agree that's not the right way to go about that. .. Of course that's an inappropriate comment.''
As for the alleged on-field comment, Maddon said emotions are such that a lot of things are said on the field and he didn't advocate major discipline against Hallion. "For me, I don't know that that's a suspendable kind of a thing,'' Maddon said. "I think that's something that maybe more needs to be talked out among parties, something like that.'' …Full Story
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Rays starter Alex Cobb has said he would like to develop into the same kind of pitcher as James Shields in terms of intensity and competitiveness.
UPDATE, 7:04: Escobar told head athletic trainer Ron Porterfield he was "200 percent" which Maddon was pleased about ... Rays plan to use Scott at DH but Maddon he won't be afraid to use him in field through double switches in Colorado ... Maddon says there "really wasn't any other choice" but to DFA Duncan though he hopes he can remain in the organization. ... Rays have homered in 14 straight games, one shy of team record.
UPDATE, 4:42: Both SS Yunel Escobar and C Jose Molina are back in the lineup tonight, as is DH Luke Scott.
DEVELOPING: The Rays continue their roadtrip openign a three-game series against the Royals tonight, but the focus will be intensely on the mound, where they will face longtime teammate James Shields for the first time.
Both Shields and the Rays have said they are looking forward to the matchup and once they get past the awkwardness of it expect it to be fun.
The Rays will start RHP Alex Cobb, who has said he would like to develop into the same kind of pitcher as Shields in terms of intensity and competitiveness. …Full Story
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Luke Scott has been out since straining his right calf in late March.
UPDATE, 7:08: Scott said he hasn't run all out but can push it enough to leg out a double, go first to third, score from second. ... Rays plan to use Scott at DH but Maddon he won't be afraid to use him in field through double switches in Colorado ... Maddon says there "really wasn't any other choice" but to DFA Duncan though he hopes he can remain in the organization. .
DEVELOPING: The Rays officially activated DH Luke Scott from the DL on Tuesday afternoon, and made room by designating for assignment Shelley Duncan.
Scott has been out since straining his right calf in late March and went 4-for-18 in five rehab games for advanced Class A Charlotte.
Duncan, who hit .182 in 20 games, is out of options. The Rays have 10 days to release him, trade him or pass him through waivers to send him to the minors. Full Story
Former Rays / current Royals ace James Shields on facing his former team for the first time tonight.Full Story
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David Price receives award from NLBM president Bob Kendrick
Rays LHP David Price received his Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan Award as the AL's top 2012 pitcher this morning at the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City, presented to him today by museum president Bob Kendrick. They are on the museum's Field of Legends in front of a life-size statue of Satchel Paige. Price also presented the museum a check for $5,000 as a donation from the Rays. (Photo courtesy Rays PR/Dave Haller.)
DH Luke Scott was in Kansas City on Monday and set to be activated off the DL for Tuesday's, with Shelley Duncan expected to be sent out to make room.
Scott has been out since straining his right calf in late March, and went 4-for-18 in five rehab games for advanced Class A Charlotte
Duncan, who hit .182 in 20 games, is out of options, so the Rays will have to risk losing him on waivers. Unless SS Yunel Escobar is headed to the DL (due to the tightness in his right hamstring), the Rays other options would be to send down INF Sean Rodriguez or Ryan Roberts.
Manager Joe Maddon said on Sunday if Scott came back he likely would end up somewhere in the middle of the batting order, but that the current hot streak by James Loney, and the fact that Scott hasn't played vs. major-league competition could impact his status.
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Rays reporter Kelly Nash made this discovery while reviewing photos she took before Saturday's Red Sox-Astros game at Fenway Park.
Sun Sports' Rays reporter Kelly Nash was in Boston on Saturday, hanging out in the stands above the Green Monster before the Astros-Red Sox game during batting practice.
She occasionally turning her back to the field to take some pictures of herself, her producer yelled "heads up" occasionally when a ball landed nearby. But it wasn't until she was browsing her photos that she realized how close a call she'd had.
Read more on foxsportsflorida.com.Full Story
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By late Sunday night, David Price was ready to move on from any dispute with Tom Hallion, right, the home plate umpire in Sunday's afternoon game against the Chicago White Sox.
UPDATE, 1:27: MLB officials are looking into Sunday's incident and accusations between Price and Hallion. The ultimate decision on any discipline would come from Joe Torre, along with input from Peter Woodfork and Joe Garagiola Jr.Full Story
Disciplining Hallion is one possibility - based on the initial accusation of cursing at Price, and then if that is found to be true for then calling Price a liar.
But Price and several other Rays players, such as Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore, could also be disciplined for violating MLB's social media policy given their tweets after the game.
The MLB policy, introduced last year, specifies that players may not display or transmit "content that questions the impartiality of or otherwise denigrates a Major League umpire."
Among the tweets:
Someone give me the definition of a coward please
Someone please give me the definition of accountability...
Think our entire dugout would ERUPT cause an ump told me to throw the ball over the plate? No, I'm sorry that wouldnt happen #accountability
There's only one person lying about all this and his name starts with a T and rhymes with pom
From Moore, the team player rep:
Unbelievable someone would mis remember so quickly. Stay in your lane. Nobody cares what you have to say. #tom
It's not clear yet how quickly MLB will act on the situation. …
Here is a video clip from the SunSports telecast of the situation involving Rays pitcher David Price and umpire Tom Hallion, via mlb.com.
Quotes from HP umpire/crew chief Tom Hallion from Marc Topkin, Tampa Bay TimesFull Story
(On price saying Hallion said to throw the ball over the f-in plate)
"I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar.''
(did price say anything to you?)
"He might not have said anything but he certainly gave enough body language to insinuate that he was pissed off.''
(Price said it was wrong of you to say what you said, and if you denied it you were a liar)
"I'm denying what he said I said, pretty strongly.''
(do you recall what you did say?)
"I said, "Just throw the ball." That's all I said to him'
(why was hellickson ejected?)
"He was told to knock it off, him and Morse (Moore) were at the dugout rail and I told them to knock it off, and he thought it was okay for him to have his final comment, at which time he was ejected.''
(so is this a he-said, she-said type of thing?)
"I'm just telling you, he's lying. It's plain and simple.''
UPDATE, 7:24: Here is some more from Price:
"I don't know what he thinks he heard, you can ask anybody that was sitting in the dugout and they all erupted as they should have when you hear an umpire speak to a player that way, something has to be done about that, and that's why i told you guys. That's terrible. If my own dad doesn't speak to me that way, some frickin umpire's not going to speak to me that way. He wouldn't say it to me off the field.'Full Story
Had he had trouble with Hallion before? "I dont even know his name,'' Price said. …
LHP David Price got his first win of the season as the Rays beat the White Sox 8-3 and split their four-game series. Full Story
Price worked seven innings and was unhappy as he walked off the mound with the score tied in the 7th, chirping at home plate umpire Tom Hallion over what he felt should have been strike three a pitch earlier. The Rays bench apparently agreed as - of all people - Jeremy Hellickson was ejected.
But Price had reason to be in better spirits shortly as the Rays rallied for three in the eighth to take the lead.
Sean Rodriguez singled, sent to second on a wild pitch and, after Matt Joyce walked, scored on Ben Zobrist's single.
Evan Longoria walked to load the bases and the Rays got a huge break with two outs when Ryan Roberts - left in to hit vs. RHP Jesse Crain - sliced a ball down the rightfield line that Alex Rios got his glove on but didn't hang on to, allowed two runs to score.
Joel Peralta worked the eighth and after the Rays added two more runs Fernando Rodney finished.
Price, last year's Cy Young Award winner, had made five starts without a win, and admitted it had been frustrating and humbling. He went 7 innings Sunday, allowing 3 runs on 6 hits, striking out 9.
The Rays got their first three runs on home runs, a solo shot by Jose Lobaton in third, his second in four days, and a two-run shot in the sixth by Matt Joyce.
The Rays are off Monday, then open a three-game series on Tuesday in Kansas City, facing ex-teammate James Shields.
Rays LHP David Price was unhappy walking off the field after the seventh inning and exchanged words with home plate umpire Tom Hallion.
There were words from the Rays bench, too, and it turns out typically quiet, reserved, mild-mannered Jeremy Hellickson - of all people - got ejected.
It is believed to be Hellickson's first career ejection.
C Jose Molina is available if needed today, manager Joe Maddon said, despite leaving Saturday's game with a right quad contusion after being hit by a pitch. Jose Lobaton is starting, and the Rays would prefer to give Molina until Tuesday to rest.
SS Yunel Escobar took ground balls early Sunday and was moving around okay, but the Rays are not convinced he is ready to return yet, having left Wednesday's game with tightness in his right hamsting.
Manager Joe Maddon said they are hoping that with Monday's off-day Escobar will be ready to go Tuesday, but that is not a sure thing.
UPDATE, 1:01: Maddon said Molina could play today if neeed, Escobar is still not ready and they are hoping for Tuesday in KC. ... The decision on Luke Scott will be made after he plays today for Class A Charlotte, thought Maddon said if all goes well he is "kind of on track" to join them in KC.
White Sox lineup:
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UPDATE, 11:34: Rays lineup, as expected, without Molina and Escobar:
DEVELOPING: Coming off their impressive 10-4 victory, in which they racked up season highs in runs and hits, and saw LHP Matt Moore rack up his MLB-high matching fifth victory, the Rays take on the White Sox this afternoon seeking a split of their four-game series.
And the Rays will have LHP David Price on the mound, though Price is still seeking his first win of the season. Price feels he has pitched better than his 0-2, 5.52 record indicates, and that he hasn't had many breaks.
The Sox are starting RHP Dylan Axelrod, who is also seeking his first win. …Full Story