Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/15/12

Certainly the win was the most important thing for the Rays on Friday, especially after being swept in

Baltimore and losing twice on the last pitch.

But the peace of mind in seeing ace lefty David Price pitch well was worth something too.

Price was forced to skip his last start on Sept. 8 due to soreness in his shoulder -- of an undetermined

origin -- that surfaced after his previous start Sept. 2 in Toronto.

Price felt confident after a Sept. 11 bullpen session that he would be okay, and said he had no concerns

going into Friday's game and no issues during or after.

He was not sharp in the first inning, but got better after that. And by the end of the night the line in

the box score looked pretty familiar:

Seven innings, two runs on five hits and two walks (both in the first inning), six strikeouts, 105

pitches in a 6-4 win over the Yankees. And radar readings in the high 90s.

"He was really good," manager Joe Maddon said. "He had everything going on."

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