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Tampa Bay Rays' David Price motivated by subpar outing against Red Sox

MILWAUKEE — LHP David Price was not happy with what the Red Sox did to him in his last start, and he hopes to make the Brewers pay for it today.

"That's the plan," Price said.

Price lasted only five innings on Thursday, walking five while allowing three runs, making for consecutive starts without a win and one grumpy left-hander.

"He's been that way, I could just see it," manager Joe Maddon said. "He's been fun, but he hasn't been as fun. He did not like his last outing."

Price said that after a few days he realized his outing against the Sox could have been worse, and he would take away the positive of keeping the score close.

"I held them to three runs, but I only went five innings," he said. "I gave us a chance, but obviously I'd like to go deeper into a game and give up less runs than that, but you can't do that every time out, and that's that. …

"Everybody's going to go through this at some point throughout the year and you've got to be able to bounce back from it and get back on top."

HICKEY RETURNS: Pitching coach Jim Hickey rejoined the team after spending Monday dealing with the aftermath of a fire at his St. Cloud house that will force his family to relocate for three-four weeks.

The fire was contained to the garage, but there was "significant smoke damage throughout the house," requiring extensive cleanup and replacement of all carpet. Hickey said they think the fire started with their gas-powered golf cart.

Hickey said his three children were home when the blaze broke out Sunday afternoon, and his 18-year-old son, Austin, who is about to leave for Florida State, first smelled the smoke. He located the blaze, got his brother and sister out of the house, called 911 then called their mother. "That was pretty impressive because I thought he would call his mom first," Hickey said.

DRAFT BREEZE: SS Jake Hager, the 32nd overall pick and the Rays' first first-rounder from the draft to be signed, got $963,000 according to Baseball America, $9,000 over MLB's recommended slot bonus. Compensation round picks RHP Jeff Ames (No. 42) got a reported $650,000 and OF James Harris (No. 60) got $490,000, both well under the MLB recommendation. Also signed was sixth-rounder RHP Jake Floethe. Hager and Ames will join rookie-level Princeton.

MINOR MATTERS: After waiting more than a year to make his pro debut, OF Josh Sale, the Rays' top 2010 pick, made it a hit, homering in his second plate appearance for Princeton (W. Va.) and going 1-for-3 overall. … Montgomery LHP Matt Moore, coming off his no-hitter, got knocked around in the Double-A Southern League All-Star Game, allowing four runs on three hits and a walk and failing to get through the first inning. … Bowling Green SS Derek Dietrich drew two walks and 1B Phil Wunderlich singled in the Class A Midwest League All-Star Game while RHP Eliazer Suero allowed four runs.

MISCELLANY: DH Johnny Damon made a second straight start in leftfield in an effort to keep his bat in the lineup but was 0-for-4. … RHP Jeff Niemann said he felt fine the day after throwing six strong innings in his return from the DL. … The Brewers have not lost consecutive home games.

Tampa Bay Rays' David Price motivated by subpar outing against Red Sox 06/21/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, June 22, 2011 1:28am]

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