Although his team's late-season slump could prevent him from a shot at the most important trophy, David Price still has a good chance to take home a very nice piece of hardware.
Seeking to become the American League's first 19-game winner, Price's first order of business Thursday night against the Boston Red Sox will be helping his club to much-needed back-to-back victories.
Opening this month with six wins in eight games appeared to signal the Rays (79-70) were poised to challenge for a wild-card berth and possibly the East Division title. Instead, they entered Wednesday having lost four straight and seven of eight to fall well off the pace in the wild-card race.
They did rebound with one of their biggest offensive performances of the season, collecting 15 hits and 10 walks in a 13-3 rout of the Red Sox. Jeff Keppinger homered among his three hits and Carlos Pena added a home run and three RBIs as Tampa Bay matched a season high for runs.
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