Thursday, April 26, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays: Price channels inner Peter Pan on bike; Victorino no sympathy for Myers; Moore wants Price

ALDS Game 2: Rays at Red Sox

When/where: 5:37 today, Fenway Park, Boston

TV/radio: TBS; 620-AM, 95.3-FM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (10-8, 3.33)

Red sox: RH John Lackey (10-13, 3.52)

On Price: Coming off a complete-game 118-pitch performance in Monday tiebreaker at Texas. Is 6-1, 1.88 with two complete games at Fenway, including two wins in a July week. Is 1-3, 3.96 in postseason play, 0-3, 4.66 in three starts (all vs. Texas).

On Lackey: Made solid return after missing 22 recovering from shoulder surgery. Lack of run support an issue, with no wins in 10 "quality" starts. Is 12-7, 4.39 overall vs. Rays; in a June 10 no-decision he hit Matt Joyce and barked at the Tampa Bay dugout.

Key matchups

Rays VS. lackey

David DeJesus 6-for-24

Yunel Escobar 8-for-15

Desmond Jennings 1-for-11

Kelly Johnson 3-for-15

Matt Joyce 6-for-18 2 HR

James Loney 4-for-16 HR

Evan Longoria 10-for-31 2 HR

Delmon Young 6-for-17

Ben Zobrist 11-for-27

Red sox VS. price

Stephen Drew 0-for-10

Jacoby Ellsbury 7-for-34 HR

Jonny Gomes 4-for-20

W. Middlebrooks 5-for-13 HR

Mike Napoli 9-for-30 2 HR

David Ortiz 8-for-37

Dustin Pedroia 12-for-45 HR

Note: includes postseason

Going for the cycle

That didn't just look like Rays star LHP David Price riding a bike through the streets of Boston on Thursday afternoon and Friday morning — it was. Price had seen the bikes in the Hubway racks available for sharing during the team's last visit, and he decided after Thursday's workout at Fenway Park to give it a try. He liked it so much that he rode another to the park on Friday. "It's just fun," he said. "I enjoy it." Any close calls? "Only one curb," he said. "No cars."

Neverland's finest

Rays manager Joe Maddon didn't know of Price's latest adventure, but he certainly wasn't surprised. "He's a young man — he's Peter Pan," Maddon said. "He's going to be that way forever, and I love that about him. I wish more of our guys could be that way. So anything David does, understand, should not surprise you."



Quotes of the day

"I don't feel bad for him, brother. … I hope he makes a few more (mistakes)."

Red Sox RF Shane Victorino on Rays RF Wil Myers fly ball foul-up

"There's nobody we want on the mound more than David (Price)."

Matt Moore, Friday's Rays starter, on today's game

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