Sunday, April 22, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Price has no beef over last outing

ST. PETERSBURG — LHP David Price is back on the mound tonight after being pulled in the eighth inning of Monday's 2-1 win over Boston.

Price had returned after a 30-minute rain delay and got the first out, but Rays manager Joe Maddon yanked him after that. Price appeared upset about being taken out, but he said Friday that is behind him.

"As soon as we got out of the eighth and closed it in the ninth, it was done," Price said. "Obviously I wanted to be out there, but this game is about winning. Joe always says that. As a starter, it's about winning, and I want to win. I've always been that way."

Price has been dominant in his six starts since returning from the disabled list. He is 5-1 with a 1.68 ERA, 35 strikeouts and one walk. In July he became the first American League pitcher since 1921 to record 35 strikeouts and one walk or fewer in a month.

Overall, Price is 6-5 with a 3.57 ERA this season. In interleague play in his career, he is 7-7 with a 4.47 ERA. Price has never faced the Giants, but he believes that gives him an edge.

"If there is any advantage, it has to go to the pitcher," Price said. "(The Giants) don't know my arm slot. You can watch all the video you want, it doesn't simulate you standing in that box."

Posey's Trop debut: Giants C Buster Posey, a former FSU standout, made his first playing appearance at any level at Tropicana Field, going 1-for-3 with a single, a walk and a strikeout in San Francisco's 4-1 win.

But the Trop could have been Posey's home. In 2008, the Rays had the first overall pick in the draft and selected high school SS Tim Beckham. With the fifth pick, the Giants snagged Posey. Posey went on to help them win the 2010 and 2012 World Series. Beckham is still in the minors.

"I don't really think about (potentially being a Ray)," Posey said. "Once San Francisco drafted me, I only started thinking about San Francisco."

Cobb back at it: RHP Alex Cobb is scheduled to make a rehabilitation start today in Port Charlotte for the Class A Stone Crabs, another step in his quest to return to the Rays after being hit in the head by a line drive June 15.

Cobb's last rehab start ended after two pitches July 23 because of a blister on a finger. This time he hopes to throw four innings or 60 pitches. If things go well, he plans to make one more rehab start before returning to the Rays.

"We're not really worried about results," Cobb said. "I'd like to see good location and consistent command. I know my offspeed pitches won't be as sharp as I like them, but that just comes with not seeing hitters and not having the right release point."

Cobb, who was 6-2 with a 3.02 ERA before the injury, said he feels fine. He is focused on getting back into rhythm, and he isn't worried about getting hit by a pitch again. "The odds of it happening once aren't very good; the odds of it happening twice are extremely bad," he said. "If that happens to me again, I must be living wrong."

Test for Moore: LHP Matt Moore will throw a bullpen session Sunday. How his sore left elbow feels afterward will determine whether he goes on the West Coast road trip next week as planned or stays home to rest. He is set to come off the DL on Aug. 13.

GiantS swap Zito to relief: RHP Guillermo Moscoso will start Sunday, replacing struggling Barry Zito in the rotation. Moscoso, 30, was acquired in a trade with the Cubs on July 26. Sunday will be his first start this season. Zito is 4-8 with a 5.09 ERA in 21 starts. He will pitch in long relief. "It was just time for a change," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

Miscellany: OF Wil Myers went 0-for-3, ending his 12-game hitting streak. … C Jose Lobaton's ninth-inning triple was the first triple of his career.

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