Make us your home page

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 pitcher David Price seeks first win against Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas — LHP David Price has accomplished a lot in his young career, including two All-Star selections and a second-place finish in the AL Cy Young Award voting.

But one thing Price hasn't done is beat the Rangers, against whom he is 0-6 with a 5.30 ERA in 10 starts entering tonight. They are the only American League team Price has faced but not defeated.

On July 4, 2009, in Arlington, he walked five and allowed six runs in 11/3 innings of a 12-4 loss.

"It's something I've thought about," Price said. "I remember pitching here 2009, July 4. It was probably my worst start in my career — ever. Once you get through this lineup and beat these guys for that first time, it kind of gets that piano off your back."

Price is coming in with a lot of confidence stemming from Tuesday's five-hit shutout of the Angels. He hopes to do more of the same against Texas — getting ahead in the count, recording quick outs and having command of his offspeed pitches.

"Whenever you're facing the Rangers, you've got to be confident," Price said. "I feel like right now they have the best lineup in baseball. It's a tough task whenever you're facing these guys. But it's also fun."

WADING IN: Manager Joe Maddon continued Saturday to rave about RHP Wade Davis' performance in Friday's 8-4 win against the Rangers, when he got out of two bases-loaded situations in preserving a four-run lead.

"Spectacular is an understatement," Maddon said. "What he did under the circumstances — almost 50,000 people in your face, a real good lineup — I was really impressed."

Davis, who was moved to the bullpen after losing the spring battle to be the fifth starter, said he is getting more comfortable as a reliever but isn't "100 percent yet."

"I'm able to be relaxed on the mound when I get out there," Davis said. "In between times, it's the more mental prep and physical prep … I'm going to have to get used to. But as far as getting into the game and getting relaxed, it's been a pretty easy adjustment."

Davis said the toughest challenge is getting ready quickly. It still takes him 20 to 30 pitches to get warm and loose. He said his pitches aren't different in relief, though Maddon said he is seeing a higher velocity.

Davis said the best advice he has received from the other relievers is to stay positive. "I'm sure one day you're going to go out and things aren't going to go right," Davis said. "You've just got to keep staying positive because you've got so many opportunities to go out there and rebound."

MEGAMONTH: RHP James Shields' four wins are tied for the majors lead and ties a team record for April set by RHP Matt Garza (2010) and RHP Andy Sonnanstine (2008).

LINING UP: Maddon said CF B.J. Upton had a planned day off Saturday, plus he wanted to get 1B/OF Brandon Allen a start to keep him fresh for pinch-hitting duties. Allen's start, his first for the Rays, came in leftfield and with his parents and sister in the stands. … SS Elliot Johnson made consecutive starts for the first time this season.

LOOKING BACK: Maddon said he had no problem with Upton trying to advance to third on a flyout to left with two outs in the first Friday. Maddon said Upton saw David Murphy drifting back on the ball and catch it awkwardly. "I really never complain about our guys being aggressive. I think he read it right, and I think that Murphy just made a great play."

MINOR MATTERS: C Nevin Ashley broke his right hand on a foul tip during Triple-A Durham's loss to Indianapolis on Friday. … SS Reid Brignac is 3-for-20 in five games for Durham.

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price seeks first win against Texas Rangers 04/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, April 28, 2012 11:15pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Crosstown rivals Bloomingdale-Newsome kick off season


    LITHIA — In a week filled with area football rivalries, there is a game on the east side of Hillsborough County — Bloomingdale vs. Newsome — that has matured into a classic crosstown battle, complete with classic cliches.

    Bloomingdale wide receiver Ed Amos charges through a drill a few days before the big rivalry game against Newsome on Friday night.
  2. Bucs Cannon Fodder podcast: Several key players still sidelined


    Greg Auman gives an injury update, with several key players still sidelined from practice three days before the Bucs play the Cleveland Browns in Tampa, and a full recap of your favorite scenes from Tuesday …

    Bucs wide receiver Mike Evans was held out of practice Wednesday at One Buc Place. [CHARLIE KAIJO | Times]
  3. Playoff ambitions evident in opener for Zephyrhills, Wiregrass Ranch


    WESLEY CHAPEL — A new football season in Pasco County begins Friday night, but this one promises to be like none before it — with more math than ever. A new playoff system emphasizes schedule strength, making non-district tilts particularly important.

    Wiregrass Ranch wide receiver Jordan Miner catches a pass in spring practice at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel on Monday, May 1, 2017.
  4. Dirk Koetter says Bucs used team meeting to discuss social issues


    Four days before their preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns, which had 12 players not stand for the national anthem prior to their last game, the Bucs used their team meeting to discuss social issues that might have led to that demonstration, coach Dirk Koetter said.

    "The main thing is we have to respect everybody's opinion," Dirk Koetter said, "because everybody is not going to agree." [AP photo]
  5. Rookie tight end Antony Auclair making case to stick with Bucs


    Don't let his modest preseason stats fool you: Antony Auclair, the undrafted rookie tight end from Canada is making a strong case to stick around on the Bucs' 53-man roster this season.

    Bucs tight end Antony Auclair (82) collides with a defender following a catch during training camp. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]