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UPDATE: Price apologizes after tweeting back at TBS analysts

Rays starter David Price comes out of the game in the eighth inning on Saturday.


Rays starter David Price comes out of the game in the eighth inning on Saturday.



UPDATE, 3:56: Price didn't show at the Trop for Sunday's optional workout, but he did tweet an apology for his Saturday night tweet:

Last night got out of hand and I apologize for the things that I said on here...if I offended you I am very sorry for doing so...#thatsnotme

DEVELOPING: Rays ace David Price did not take kindly to criticism from TBS analysts Dirk Hayhurst and Tom Verducci. Hayhurst is a former pitcher who spent most of his career in the minors, Verducci a long-time and respected journalist.

Here is the tweet Price posted at 1:07 a.m., when the Rays were on their way back from Boston:

Dirk Hayhurst...COULDNT hack it...Tom Verducci wasn't even a water boy in high school...but yet they can still bash a player...SAVE IT NERDS

It is not clear what comments led to Price's response. But here's the full transcript from TBS:

 Verducci: “There’s a long history of the two of them [Price and Ortiz]...42 plate appearances, .216 [batting average], no home runs until today and [Ortiz] figured something out. No question about it. Go back to the home run in the 8th inning, I think he knew it was coming here. Watch the target...the pitch is right there. It’s like he knew the pitch was coming on the inside corner. We’re talking about making a mistake with location.  [Price] missed with his location there and Ortiz hit it like he knew it was coming.”

Hayhurst: “David Price dominates Boston and left-handers and he didn’t do that today. He was not getting the job done against Boston like the Rangers [in the AL Wild Card] and it was apparent right from the get-go…when you’re not getting the guys out that you’re supposed to get out, that makes everything else that much more difficult. This is the playoffs. You cannot take chances. I think he was out there past his prime. I saw him labor and get into jams. Bad breaks didn’t help out, but you have to get the guys out you’re supposed to and that’s the left-handed hitters against him. That didn’t happen. Maybe he could’ve come out sooner.”

Price also was unhappy with how Ortiz stood and watched his eighth-inning homer:

"He knows how I've pitched to him for the last probably year and a half, two years," Price said. "He steps in the bucket and hits a homer, and he stares at it to see if it's fair or foul. I'm sure that's what he'd say. But as soon as he hit it, I saw it, I knew it was fair. Run."

[Last modified: Sunday, October 6, 2013 3:57pm]


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