Make us your home page
Instagram

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Tampa Bay Rays' David Price cites lack of preparation for poor outing

NEW YORK — LHP David Price took the blame for his poor performance in Sunday's 9-5 loss, but it sure sounded like starting last week's All-Star Game was part of the problem.

"I can't blame that. I can only blame myself," Price said after allowing a season-high seven runs over five innings. "I didn't get myself prepared for this game like I should have. So it's time to get back to work."

Manager Joe Maddon said he noticed early that Price didn't look as comfortable as he typically does on the mound and wasn't as effective.

"David just did not have his best," Maddon said. "He didn't have that same comfortable look about him."

Price, 24, had a hectic Monday of commitments and pitched two innings (23 pitches) on Tuesday in Anaheim, flew to New York on Wednesday and spent Thursday's day off hanging around the city with friends. He said Saturday that he felt good physically but after Sunday's game suggested conditioning might have been the problem.

"My body, I just haven't gone about these last couple days like I should have, and it showed," he said. "So it's my fault."

C.C. REPORT: Even though Carl Crawford had two days off after the All-Star Game and the Rays have Thursday off, Maddon limited him to DH on Sunday, the third time he has done so in the Rays' past five games (two before the break).

Crawford was surprised when told late Saturday of the decision, saying his left shoulder — though still "a little bit" sore — wasn't the issue.

"It's getting better every day," he said.

Maddon said it was more a matter of general maintenance.

"I'm just trying to take care of him," Maddon said. "He's had a little bit of an arm issue. It's fine. Everything's well. Why push it?"

Crawford, while making it clear it was Maddon's decision, said he saw the benefit: "It's a good way to not only rest my shoulder, but to rest my legs, too."

KAP'S OFF: Veteran OF Gabe Kapler made a sensational catch at the rightfield wall on Friday but faced with another chance in leftfield Sunday misplayed Robinson Cano's drive into a two-run triple.

"I felt like I got a good jump on it. I had a good bead on it, and I went up for it. And the ball was just in a different place," Kapler said. "That happens at times. You judge a ball. You believe it to be where it's going to be, and the ball moves or tails a little bit and you miss it."

Kapler said it would have been more than "a routine play," but "it's a ball I pride myself that I have the ability to catch."

DETERMINED DAVIS: As his losing streak grew to five and questions about dropping him from the rotation mounted, rookie RHP Wade Davis maintained confidence he could rebound.

And after a win in his last start — his first in six weeks — Davis makes his first post-break start tonight in Baltimore determined to show he can win consistently down the stretch.

"Absolutely," he said. "I feel this is definitely the time to do it and get this team going."

WORTH NOTING: 1B Carlos Peña hit his seventh homer (among 20) off of a left-hander. It was his sixth off Andy Pettitte, the most by anyone off the Yankee veteran. … INF Reid Brignac on Saturday became the third Ray to have a multihomer game from the No. 9 spot in the order, according to the Society For American Baseball Research's David Vincent, joining Geoff Blum (2004) and Jared Sandberg (2002).

MISCELLANY: Price had held Yankees C Jorge Posada hitless in first 12 at-bats before Posada's two-run double in the fifth. … Maddon said he had no problem with Sean Rodriguez swinging at the 2-and-0 fastball he popped up with the bases loaded and one out in the third. … Top prospect RHP Jeremy Hellickson makes his first post All-Star Futures Game start tonight for Triple-A Durham.

Tampa Bay Rays' David Price cites lack of preparation for poor outing 07/18/10 [Last modified: Sunday, July 18, 2010 10:55pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Matt Baker's takeaways from Florida State-Louisville

    College

    1. One of the many hard-to-believe stats about FSU's underperforming defense: DE Brian Burns led all freshmen nationally with 9 ½ sacks last year; his first one this season came midway through the second quarter Saturday.

    TALLAHASSEE, FL - OCTOBER 21: Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs the ball into the endzone for a touchdown during their game against the Florida State Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on October 21, 2017 in Tallahassee, Florida. (Photo by Michael Chang/Getty Images) 775042617
  2. Late fumble, field goal send Florida State to another loss

    College

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida State's streak of 35 consecutive bowl appearances is in serious jeopardy after a last-second 31-28 home loss to Louisville on Saturday.

    Louisville's Lamar Jackson gets past Florida State's Matthew Thomas to score in the first quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017, in Tallahassee Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon) FLSC102
  3. Bucs-Bills: Tampa Bay's fatal habit of falling behind

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Okay, all you road scholars, why do the Bucs keep falling behind in games not played at Raymond James Stadium?

    Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer (3) recovers a fumble during the first half of an NFL game between the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017.
  4. Nicked-up Lightning vs. Penguins tonight

    Blogs

     

  5. What we've learned from the Bucs' and Bills' playoff droughts

    Bucs

    Is it possible for the Buccaneers and Bills to be any farther off the NFL's radar? You get the feeling schedule-makers didn't think twice about putting this one down for 1 p.m. Sunday — the let's-hope-no-one-notices time slot.

    [LOREN ELLIOTT | Times]