David Price fined for involvement in Rays-Red Sox skirmish

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — David Price will pay for his role in the skirmish between the Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox last Friday.

Major League Baseball has fined Price an undisclosed amount for hitting David Ortiz with a pitch, the Rays pitcher confirmed Wednesday. The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo first reported the news.

Price plunked Ortiz in the first inning of Boston’€™s 3-2 victory in 10 innings at Fenway Park, perhaps in retaliation for Ortiz admiring a long home run off Price in Boston’€™s Game 2 victory in the American League Division Series last October at Fenway Park. Red Sox right-hander Brandon Workman was suspended six games for throwing near Evan Longoria’s head last Friday.

Price will avoid suspension.

"I don’€™t think what they’€™re doing is fair," Ortiz told reporters Tuesday in Cleveland. "I think the rules should be for everybody. We didn’€™t start this up. I didn’€™t hit nobody. Workman didn’€™t hit anybody in the first inning. (Price) did."

Price chose not to involve himself in the matter further, when asked about Ortiz’s comments Tuesday.

"I’m past it," Price told reporters in Miami. "I have nothing else to say. People are going to have enough to say. I’m over it."

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