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Price threw 54 pitches in his first simulated game Thursday, and there was some consideration of having him pitch in a minor league game Tuesday. It was decided after Price threw a 25-pitch bullpen session Saturday with what was called spring training soreness that he would have another mound session Tuesday. The Rays are hopeful that Price could rejoin the rotation in early July.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was charged with nine runs and 11 hits over 6 2-3 innings in a 9-3 defeat. Price (1-3, 6.25 ERA) gave up 10 runs to Philadlephia on June 23, 2009, but only five were earned. All nine runs were earned Saturday.
Price will make his first start Saturday against Colorado since his run-in with Hallion. Price says he has no grudge with umpires and hopes the crew working the game feels the same way.
Hallion was the plate umpire and crew chief during a game Sunday at Chicago against the White Sox and Price thought he missed a pitch. They exchanged words and the AL Cy Young winner accused Hallion of directing an expletive at him. Hallion called Price a "liar" after the game. Price, Hellickson and Moore later made comments about Hallion on Twitter. The pitchers were fined for violating MLB's social media policy.
Despite his impressive showing, Price owns a 5.21 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Fantasy owners may be running out of time to buy low on the reigning AL Cy Young award winner.
Price allowed just four hits and struck out eight while lowering his ERA to 5.82.
Price allowed eight runs and 10 hits - including two homers. He struck out only three while falling to 0-1 with a 8.18 ERA on the season.
Price is the leader of a deep rotation that kept Tampa Bay in the race despite offensive deficiencies in 2012. The 27-year-old left-hander became the first Tampa Bay pitcher to win 20 games, going 12-1 with a 2.26 ERA over his last 18 starts to edge Detroit's Justin Verlander by four points in the Cy Young balloting.
Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Tuesday before a spring training game against the New York Yankees. The three-time All-Star went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 starts in lasty year, when he edged Detroit's Justin Verlander by four points in Cy Young balloting.
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