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GETTING TO KNOW HIM

Who is David Price?

. A frequent user of Twitter - @DAVIDprice14 - with nearly 118,00 followers and more than 7,700 tweets.

. Has a famously popular French bulldog named Astro, who occasionally accompanies him to the Trop. An Astro figurine was include with a Price Superhero Figurine giveaway last season, and Price often puts a toy dog atop the dugout when he pitches.

. Has dates sewn into his glove marking the dates two of his closest high school friends passed away.

. Started the Project 14 Foundation, which supports youth programs in his native Tennessee and the Tampa Bay area; hosts a golf outing, bowling event and a banquet.

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Fast facts

David Taylor Price

Height/weight: 6-6;220

Throws: Left

Hits: Left

Born: Aug. 26, 1985, Nashville

High school: Blackman (Murfreesboro, Tenn.)

College: Vanderbilt (Nashville)

Drafted:No. 1 overall, 2007

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Notable accomplishments this past season

. Led AL with 2.56 ERA (2nd in majors) and shared lead with 20 wins.

. Selected to third consecutive All-Star team.

. Went 10-2, 2.51 in 16 starts vs. AL East teams.

. Had 13 wins vs. teams that finished .500 or better, the same as the Angels' Jered Weaver (no other pitcher had more than 9).

. Had MLB-most 23 starts of 7 IP or more, including 22 of last 26.

. Had 23 starts allowing 2 ER or fewer, most in AL, and allowed 1 or 0 in 11 of last 23 starts.

. Compiled a 1.62 ERA in six no-decisions, including two with eight shutout innings and three or fewer hits. (Rays were shut out in 3 of his starts.)

. Had most difficult "Quality of Opponents" of any MLB starter, according to SABR.

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GAME LOG

April 7 vs. Yankees, Win, 1-0

61/3 IP 5 H 2 ER 4 BB 5 K

Bottom line: Got off to good start after closing 2011 with 7-start winless streak.

April 13 at Red Sox, Loss, 1-1

3 IP 4 H 3 ER 3 BB 3 K

Bottom line: Chalk it up to Friday the 13th, shortest start '09, just didn't have much.

April 18 at Blue Jays, Win, 2-1

52/3 IP 8 H 2 ER 2 BB 3 K

Bottom line: If this is Toronto, it's usually a win - Price 4-0, 3.41 at Rogers Centre.

April 24 vs. Angels, Win, 3-1

9 IP 5 H 0 ER 1 BB 6 K

Bottom line: Dominant from the start in second career shutout, 3rd CG.

April 29 at Rangers, Win, 4-1

61/3 IP 6 H 2 ER 1 BB 6 K

Bottom line: First career win over Texas in 10th try (including playoffs), ties team record with 4 April wins.

May 4 vs. A's, Win, 5-1

8 IP 3 H 1 ER 1 BB 12 K

Bottom line: Fourth career game of 12 or more K's, ties James Shields for AL wins lead.

May 10 at Yankees, Loss, 5-2

7 IP 11 H 5 ER 3 BB 4 K

Bottom line: Odd day, allowing homers to 2 lefty hitters (Granderson, Cano) for 1st time, and lost to CC Sabathia for 1st time.

May 15 at Blue Jays, Win, 6-2

7 IP6 H 3 ER 0 BB 6 K

Bottom line: Fell behind 3-0 early but battled to keep it there as Rays rallied.

May 20 vs. Braves, Loss, 6-3

7 IP 6 H 1 ER 3 BB 7 K

Bottom line: Pitched well but done in by lack of offense - and bad luck, as Luke Scott's bases-loaded grounder in 8th hit Carlos Pena.

May 26 at Red Sox, ND

7 IP 8 H 1 ER 3 BB 5 K

Bottom line: In line for a win before Fernando Rodney's only misstep, a two-run walkoff homer by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

June 1 vs. Orioles, Win, 7-3

71/3 IP 4 H 0 ER 2 BB 5 K

Bottom line: Rode five-run 1st to AL-leading 7th win, only pitch count kept him from more.

June 7 at Yankees, Win, 8-3

5 IP 3 H 1 ER 4 BB 8 K

Bottom line: Worked out of bases-loaded jam in 38-pitch 5th to beat Sabathia.

June 13 vs. Mets, Loss, 8-4

5 IP 9 H 7 ER 3 BB 8 K

Bottom line: Career high runs allowed at home as he failed to get out of 6th.

June 19 at Nationals, Win, 9-4

7 IP 6 H 3 ER 1 BB 4 K

Bottom line: Solid rebound outing in game marked by Joel Peralta's ejection.

June 24 at Phillies, Win, 10-4

7 IP 4 H 1 ER 3 BB 8 K

June 29 vs. Tigers, Win (11-4)

7 IP 5 H 2 ER 1 BB 7 K

Bottom line: Won his first career start against Justin Verlander in a Cy Young preview.

July 4 vs. Yankees, No decision

7 IP 4 H 1 ER 2 BB 8 K

Bottom line: Was in line for win until Kyle Farnsworth's 4-walk 8th-inning meltdown.

July 14 vs. Red Sox, Win (12-4)

71/3 IP 6 H 2 ER 3 BB 8 K

Bottom line: Followed up All-Star Game showing with solid outing for AL-most 12th win.

July 19 vs. Indians, Win (13-4)

7 IP 2 H 0 R 3 BB 7 K

Bottom line: Took no-hitter into 5th, worked 7 IP for 6th straight start, 12th of last 14.

July 25 at Orioles, Win (14-4)

7 IP 7 H 1 ER 0 BB 10 K

Bottom line: Five-run first turned this into a rare easy day at the office for 6th consecutive win.

July 30 at A's, No decision

7 IP 5 H 3 ER 2 BB 11 K

Bottom line: Gave up tying run with 2 outs in 7th on HR by No. 9 hitter Brandon Hicks as Rays went on to lose in 15 innings.

Aug. 5 vs. Orioles, No decision

8 IP 2 H 0 ER 3 BB 5 K

Bottom line: First of two games he posted 8 zeroes with nothing to show for it as Rays lost 1-0 in 10.

Aug. 11 at Twins, Win (15-4)

7 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 5 K

Bottom line: Team record-tying 10th straight quality start led to MLB lead-tying 15th win.

Aug. 16 at Angels, Win (16-4)

7 IP 3 H 0 R 2 BB 8 K

Bottom line: A much-needed strong outing helped club rebound from perfect game in Seattle.

Aug. 21 vs. Royals, No decision

8 IP 3 H 0 R 0 BB 8 K

Bottom line: For second time in 4 starts, 8 shutout innings went to waste due to lack of support.

Aug. 27 at Rangers, Loss (16-5)

4 IP 10 H 6 ER 0 BB 3 K

Bottom line: Allowed back-to-back homers for 1st time in career as 8-game winning streak ended.

Sept. 2 at Blue Jays, Win (17-5)

62/3 IP 6 H 2 ER 4 BB 5 K

Bottom line: Strong rebound backed by an 18-hit outburst led to AL-leading 17th win.

Sept. 14 at Yankees, Win (18-5)

7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 6 K

Bottom line: After skipping a start due to shoulder soreness, Price alleviated concerns by beating Sabathia again.

Sept. 20 vs. Red Sox, No decision

71/3 IP 8 H 3 ER 1 BB 7 K

Bottom line: Saved from loss as Rays rallied for 6 runs in 9th, winning 7-4 on B.J. Upton walkoff HR.

Sept. 25 at Red Sox, Win (19-5)

9 IP 7 H 2 ER 0 BB 13 K

Bottom line: Dominant stretch-run outing for 2nd CG of season, crossed 200-K and IP marks, too.

Sept. 30 at White Sox, Win (20-5)

7 IP 5 H 2 ER 2 BB 4 K

Bottom line: Became Rays' first 20-game winner and afterward, for first time, said he felt he deserved the Cy Young Award: "One hundred percent."

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