Monday, May 21, 2018
Tampa Bay Rays

Rays' Price still says due apology from umpire

DENVER — Rays LHP David Price has spent a lot of time the past week talking about what happened between him and umpire Tom Hallion in Sunday's game and what Major League Baseball did, and didn't do, about it.

And as eager as Price is to return to the mound tonight, calling it "an awfully tough week," he said again Friday that he won't be able to put the controversy behind him until he gets an apology from Hallion.

"Ummm, no," Price said. "I definitely would like an apology. I think that's the way it should go."

Manager Joe Maddon sounded like he wanted Price to let it go.

"A lot of this stuff, really, as far as I'm concerned, it's over," Maddon said. "I would like to believe everybody involved believes the same way. …

"I'm sure Tommy feels pretty badly about it yet still. Anyway, it's just, 'Move on.' I thought it got way too much traction, and I don't really want to add to it. I just want him to go out there and pitch (tonight), win (tonight) and get on a nice roll himself."

Though it was overshadowed by the controversy, Price did get his first win Sunday. He hopes to build on that victory and his prior start against the Yankees — he got through the seventh both times — and to start racking up wins.

"I'll get the results that we all expect in here and the results I expect as well," he said.

Price was upset because he said Hallion cursed him walking off the field, then Hallion denied it and called Price "a liar." Price, RHP Jeremy Hellickson and LHP Matt Moore then tweeted about Hallion, and MLB on Thursday fined all three Rays and Hallion $1,000 each.

Price said he was not concerned about repercussions from other umpires. Clint Fagan, a new ump on Gary Darling's crew, will work the plate tonight.

"I don't think that umpires hold grudges," Price said. "If something happened directly to that umpire maybe, I don't know, but I don't think so."

SHELLEY STAYS: DH/1B Shelley Duncan will remain in the organization, having cleared waivers and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Durham. Duncan, 33, was designated for assignment Tuesday, when DH Luke Scott came off the disabled list.

NL RULES: Scott will be limited to pinch-hit and spot duty this weekend since the games are played under NL rules. He hasn't played the field since spring training, before the right calf strain that forced him to miss the first month, but Maddon said he is open to double-switching him into the game and told him to take ground balls at first base and fly balls in leftfield.

Maddon believes NL teams have the advantage in interleague play, and he said he finds the new schedule format, with interleague games throughout the season rather than grouped together, to be "awkward" in terms of getting pitchers ready to hit.

DRAFT: MLB officially released the order for the June 6-8 draft. The Rays' first three picks are Nos. 21, 29 (for the loss of free agent B.J. Upton) and 60.

MAKING UP: There was nothing official on a makeup date for Thursday's rain-and-snow postponement in Kansas City, but Maddon seemed to like the possibility of Aug. 26, a mutual off day with the Royals when the Rays are between home series. A June 3 mutual off day doesn't look workable for the Royals, and other options would involve either cutting their All-Star break short a day or extending a postbreak trip that already includes three cities, with a workout and 10 games.

MISCELLANY: 3B Evan Longoria had breakfast with Rockies SS Troy Tulowitzki, his college roommate at Long Beach State, and was disappointed Tulowitzki was sidelined with leg tightness. … Maddon started Kelly Johnson in left over Matt Joyce or Sam Fuld based on his 7-for-15 past and promising profile against starter LHP Jeff Francis.

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