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Price named Rays' opening day starter

Posted on: March 15, 2011 10:14 pm
 

By C. Trent Rosecrans

David PriceMany of the opening day starting assignments are far from surprising, but they're still newsworthy just because, well, they are. Today's starter announcement is one of those. David Price will start for the Rays when they open the season April 1 against the Orioles.

Price has disposed James Shields at the top of the rotation, and understandably so. The former No. 1 pick was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA last season in his first full season in the big leagues. Shields, though, struggled last season, going 13-15 with a 5.18 ERA and led the big leagues in hits (246) and earned runs (117) allowed.

Price said Shields was the first person to congratulate him on the news.

"He earned it, just like I earned it," Shields told the Tampa Tribune. "I'm happy for him. He had an unbelievable year last year."

Manager Joe Maddon said the rotation will also include Shields, Jeff Niemann, Wade Davis and Jeremy Hellickson, although the order won't be set until later. Maddon wants to see how each pitcher matches up with the team's first few opponents before announcing it.

"We have some ideas, I'm not ready to reveal them yet," Maddon said. "We're still talking about it. It's not brain surgery. It just makes sense some of the stuff."

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Comments

Since: Mar 24, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 1:22 am
 

Price named Rays' opening day starter

Great move by the Rays. Wasn't very surprising, but good move. He's cleary the #1 pitcher in St. Petersburg



Since: Apr 27, 2008
Posted on: March 16, 2011 12:06 am
 

Price named Rays' opening day starter

Was this story really necessary? Anyone could have guessed last summer that Price was the Rays #1 SP for opening day 2011. 


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