PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- AL Cy Young Award winner David Price and Evan Longoria had brief, but satisfying spring debuts for the Tampa Bay Rays.
Price pitched one scoreless inning and escaped injury when a groundball glanced off his left wrist, while Longoria successfully tested his surgically-repaired left hamstring on the base paths and had a RBI single during Tuesday's rain-shortened 7-2 victory over a Houston Astros split-squad.
Both players felt good about the way they performed.
"Its' just getting back in a competitive mind-set. That's the first real competitive thing I've done since last year that really meant something," said Price, who went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 starts in 2012 to edge Justin Verlander in the closest Cy Young balloting ever.
"I know this doesn't mean a whole lot, but to me it does," the 27-year-old left-hander added. "I told (pitching coach Jim Hickey), it starts today. One scoreless inning, I'm happy with that."
Longoria missed 85 games last se...