MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Pushing the Tampa Bay Rays back toward .500 might be David Price’s way of dampening trade rumors.
The All-Star left-hander pitched eight scoreless innings to win five straight starts for the first time in his major league career, and the Rays beat the Minnesota Twins 5-1 Saturday night for their fourth consecutive victory.READ MORE: Police: Teenager Shot Multiple Times Following Argument In Brooklyn Park; No Arrests Made Yet
“We were talking about it before the game, regarding how well he’s been pitching this year and trying to compare it to his Cy Young Award-winning year,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said, referring to 2012. “I’m telling you, he’s right there right now.”
Price disagrees. He thinks he’s even better.
“I’ve said that a month-and-a-half ago, six, seven starts ago,” Price said. “I’ve never been the pitcher that I am right now. It’s awesome, it’s cool.”
Price (10-7) gave up four hits, matching his season low, walked none and struck out nine to increase his major league-leading total to 173. He got in trouble only once, giving up consecutive singles to Chris Parmelee and Eduardo Escobar in the fifth before Eduardo Nunez grounded into an inning-ending double play.