Thursday, November 23, 2017
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Price to start Rays makeup game at Boston

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NEW YORK — The Rays wouldn't have minded keeping the Red Sox guessing for another day or two, but LHP David Price once again couldn't keep a secret.

Yes, he announced Friday, when asked, that he is pitching Monday's makeup game in Boston.

"He just couldn't help himself," manager Joe Maddon said.

There really didn't seem to be much of a decision to be made in choosing Price, who shut the Sox down with a complete game Wednesday and is 5-1 with a 1.96 ERA in nine starts at Fenway, rather than RHP Roberto Hernandez, who is 1-3 with an 8.36 ERA there.

"It is an obvious decision," Maddon said. "It's just the way it worked out. The (Thursday) rainout popped, and it just permits him to pitch another game up there. He did pretty good last time out. Hopefully he's going to maintain that kind of success he's had at that ballpark."

Though Price won't technically be pitching twice in the same series — the makeup game stands on its own — it is unusual to make back-to-back starts against the same team on the road.

"It is kind of unique," Price said. "Doing it in the same park, twice in six days, you don't do that a whole lot."

Monday is Price's day to pitch, so, as well as he is going, he welcomed the chance to stay on schedule rather than get an extra day of rest.

"We're all throwing the ball extremely well right now, so we want to stay on normal day's rest and just take the ball every fifth day," he said.

The shuffle could also work out well for Hernandez, who will face Arizona on Tuesday at the Trop, where he is 4-4 with a 4.26 ERA, compared to 1-7, 5.71 on the road.

RELIEF RELIEF: Maddon said he will abandon, at least temporarily, his plan to limit veteran RHP Joel Peralta's workload because Peralta hasn't pitched since July 20 and has pitched only twice since July 13. Coming out of the All-Star break, Maddon twice used someone else to start the eighth in what became unsuccessful attempts to shorten Peralta's outings. Even with the relative inactivity, Peralta still leads the American League with 51 appearances.

CHANGE OF PLANS: RHP Chris Archer was riding on a train from Boston to New York on Thursday evening when he got a text message from Price that the game in Boston had been rained out.

That meant Archer, who had left early so he could be rested for Friday's start against the Yankees, wouldn't pitch until today. "Not too much changing," Archer said. "Just get an extra day's rest. And get a look at the (Yankees) team before I face them."

Archer typically throws about 10 pitches off the mound the day before he starts, but because he had done so Thursday before leaving Boston, he limited himself to playing catch Friday.

REHAB REPORT: RHP Brandon Gomes, out since early May with a lat strain, worked 1 2/3 innings for Class A Charlotte, allowing two hits, in what could be his last rehab appearance. That doesn't mean he will rejoin the Rays, however. Maddon said it was possible Gomes would be optioned to Triple-A Durham when healthy. … Maddon didn't have an update on RHP Alex Cobb, whose comeback from a June 15 concussion was delayed because of a right index finger blister that cut short his Tuesday rehab start.

MISCELLANY: OF Wil Myers, who was the DH in Friday's 10-6 win, logged his seventh straight multihit game, one shy of Carl Crawford's team record, and upped his average to .325. … 3B Evan Longoria quietly has an eight-game hitting streak. … Sun Sports will provide TV coverage of Monday's game in Boston. … The Rays are 10-1 in their past 11 games against a lefty starter and a majors-best 22-11. … Durham OF Brandon Guyer's season looks to be over after he fractured his right middle finger on a bunt attempt. SS Tim Beckham rejoined the Bulls on Friday after being placed on the temporary inactive list Monday for personal reasons.

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