Price is Rays lone All-Star
Left-hander David Price is the Rays' lone selection for the American League All-Star team.
Price, who took a 7-7, 3.50 record into Sunday night's start, was named by AL/Boston manager John Farrell as the Rays voted by the players to his fourth All-Star team.
"He definitely deserves it,'' Rays manager Joe Maddon said. "It just validates the wonderful year he's having right now. And don't be deceived by a couple bad innings or a couple homers - this guy's been kind of lights out the whole first half. It's well-deserved, earned, and we're really happy for him.''
Maddon also had been pushing for lefty reliever Jake McGee but he was not chosen.
"Look at what he's done, he's been virtually unhittable this year,'' Maddon said. "I dont know how this is all shaking out, maybe he's still being considered at another point, with injuries or adding or subtracting guys or whatever. But Jake, hopefully if something were to occur over the course of the next week, that he gets strong consideration because I believe he's definitely an all-star this year. But having said that, I understand how difficult it is for the manager to do this.''
Price said he had several reasons to be excited about the July 15 game in Minnesota.
"The coolest part is that it will be Derek Jeter's last All-Star Game and that it is being played at my favorite field; I love Target Field,'' Price said. "And the third thing is that the Rays open the second half there. I've always been envious of the guys who have been in that position where their teams are playing in the All-Star city. It will be nice just to hang out there for a couple of days.''
Price ties Carl Crawford with the most All-Star selections in club history with four. Unless McGee or someone else is added, this will be the first time since the Devil Rays days in 2007 that there is only one Tampa Bay player selected.