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It's unusual for an opening day starter to have his final outing of spring training come against the first opponent of the season. David Price, however, is not a typical pitcher.
The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner breezed through four scoreless innings Thursday night as the Tampa Bay Rays and Baltimore Orioles tied 4-4 in a game called after 10 innings.
Price, who will face the Orioles at Tropicana Field on Tuesday, allowed just a second-inning single to J.J. Hardy and a fourth-inning walk to Matt Wieters. The left-hander struck out three, throwing 34 strikes in 51 pitches.
''I got a lot of early contact,'' Price said. ''That's what you want to do if you want to go deep into the ballgame.''
Desmond Jennings had four hits and Evan Longoria drove in two runs with a first-inning single and a sixth-inning home run for Tampa Bay.
Rays manager Joe Maddon let Price face the Orioles because two of his turns this spring fell on off days, so he ...
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The Tampa Bay Rays have awarded Roberto Hernandez the fifth and final spot in their rotation to start the season. Hernandez signed a $3.25 million contract with the team this offense which includes nearly $2 million in additional incentives.
Hernandez made just three starts last season while his identify as Fausto Carmona was exposed to be a fraud.
The now 32-year-old right handed...
Brian Matusz has made the Orioles roster for Opening Day. The 26-year-old lefty was told by manager Buck Showalter that he would start the season in the bullpen for the Orioles.
Matusz entered spring competing for a rotation spot with Jake Arrieta. The Orioles opted to go with Arrieta for the final rotation spot after he out pitched Matusz this spring.
Last season Matusz appeared...
The Baltimore Orioles completed their starting rotation by picking right-hander Jake Arrieta to start their home opener on April 5.
Manager Buck Showalter chose Arrieta to start the first game in Baltimore for the third straight season. The Orioles play Minnesota at Camden Yards.
Arrieta joins Jason Hammel, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez and Chris Tillman, who'll start the season...
Jeremy Hellickson has not been happy with his performance for Tampa Bay all spring.
His manager is not worried.
The Rays' No. 2 starter allowed eight runs -six earned - in three innings of an 8-3 loss to the Detroit Tiger on Friday in his final tuneup before the regular season.
It's been a rough camp for Hellickson, who finished with a 6.75 ERA in Grapefruit League play...
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- Colby Rasmus hit a grand slam that capped a six-run rally in the eighth inning off Kirby Yates and the Toronto Blue Jays defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Wednesday.
Jeff Niemann, still uncertain whether he will be in Tampa Bay's rotation to open the season, made a final statement in his favor, pitching six scoreless innings of two-hit, no-walk ball...
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For the first time since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles are coming off a year that calls for an encore.
After a run of 14 straight losing seasons, the Orioles went 93-69 in 2012 and beat the then-defending AL champion Texas Rangers in the wild-card game. Baltimore then took the New York Yankees to the maximum five games before falling in the division series.
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Welcome to life after James Shields.
The Tampa Bay Rays still have ace left-hander David Price, of course, but this season will he uncharted terrain of sorts for a pitching staff that led the major leagues with a 3.19 ERA last season.
Shields, a right-hander traded to the Kansas City Royals in December in a blockbuster deal, had become a linchpin of Tampa Bays success on the mound...
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. The Tampa Bay Rays have taken the bang a gong thing literally.
A gong with the Rays starburst logo has been placed close to a wall near the right-field foul line at Tropicana Field as a tribute to T. Rexs 1971 hit, Bang a Gong. Upon bench coach Dave Martinezs suggestion, the song has served as the Rays entrance music throughout the spring.
Details are foggy...