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Rays: Price says beard would go, if necessary

Rays at Yankees

When/where: 7:05 tonight; Yankee Stadium, New York

TV/radio: Sun Sports; 620-AM

Probable pitchers

Rays: LH David Price (6-7, 3.63)

YANKEES: RH Hiroki Kuroda (5-5, 4.23)

On Price: Coming off strong 81/3-inning start vs. Pirates, his fifth straight game of 10-plus strikeouts. Leads majors in Ks (144), AL in homers (17). Is 9-5, 3.84 in 23 games vs. Yankees.

On Kuroda: Beat Jays Wednesday and is 3-2, 3.71 in his past 10 starts after going 2-3, 5.14 in first six. Is 21-11, 2.95 in 41 home starts as a Yankee. Is 2-3, 6.94 in six starts vs. Rays.

Key matchups


Matt Joyce 6-for-16, 3 HRs

Evan Longoria 7-for-17, HR

Ben Zobrist 5-for-15, 2 HRs


Jacoby Ellsbury 14-for-45

Derek Jeter 16-for-56, 2 HR

Brian McCann 4-for-8, 2 HRs

On deck

Wednesday: at Yankees, 1:05. Rays — RH Jake Odorizzi (3-7, 4.14); Yankees — LH Vidal Nuno (2-4, 5.42)

Thursday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — LH Erik Bedard (4-5, 4.21); Tigers — RH Max Scherzer (9-3, 3.64)

Friday: at Tigers, 7:08. Rays — RH Alex Cobb (3-6, 4.20); Tigers — LH Drew Smyly (4-7, 3.57)

Saturday: at Tigers, 4:08. Rays — RH Chris Archer (4-5, 3.29); Tigers — RH Anibal Sanchez (5-2, 2.64)

Sunday: at Tigers, 8:05. Rays — LH David Price (6-7, 3.63); Tigers — RH Rick Porcello (10-4, 3.41)

Close shave?

The Rays are in New York, so not only was trade candidate LHP David Price asked about the possibility of being dealt to the Yankees, but whether he would shave his beard to conform with their rule against facial hair. "I would have to," he said. "I would have to, as much as I wouldn't want to. I abide by team rules. I'm not that guy."

Fan club

The Rays pitchers on Monday set the MLB record for strikeouts in any month:

K's Team, month

287 Rays, June '14

286 Cubs, Aug. '02

280 Indians, May '13

K's Team, month

280 Tigers, May '13

272 Astros, Aug. '98

265 Tigers, Sept. 13

Quote of the day

"I'd rather go see St. Patrick's Cathedral."

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who has some issues with the MLB replay system, when asked if he wanted to tour the New York command center

Rays: Price says beard would go, if necessary 06/30/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 12:02am]
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