Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 3/12/13
The announcement was little surprise, but a familiar face will take the mound for the Tampa Bay Rays on Opening Day. Left-hander David Price, the returning American League Cy Young Award winner, was on Tuesday named the starter for the Rays season opener against the Baltimore Orioles on April 2. This will be the second Opening Day start for the 27-year-old, following a four-run, five-hit outing in a loss to the Orioles to open the 2011 season. Right-hander James Shields, traded to the Kansas City Royals last December, started for Tampa Bay in a victory over the New York Yankees on Opening Day in 2012. It means a lot, Price told reporters in Port Charlotte, Fla., on Tuesday. To be the guy that takes the ball for our organization, first and foremost, is very special. Being at home, Im throwing that first pitch for our season, that means a lot as well. This is what you want to be. I dont just want to be the best on a staff. I want to be the best in baseball. Price finished a career-best 20-5 last season, posting a 2.56 ERA in 211 innings of work. You can follow Andrew Astleford on Twitter @aastleford or email him at aastleford@gmail.com.
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