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Rays' Price apologizes for tweets

Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price
David Price had a rough outing in Game 2 of the ALDS in Boston.
FOX Sports By Ray Frager
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This week, it was David Price’s turn to learn a cardinal rule of social media: Stay off Twitter when you’re angry.

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After he and the Tampa Bay Rays lost Game 2 of their American League Division Series to the Boston Red Sox 7-4 on Saturday — in which Price gave up nine hits and seven runs, including two homers by David Ortiz — the left-hander was criticized on the air by TBS commentators and by fans online. To the latter, he reacted by reciting his resume:

 

That may seem a little thin-skinned and insecure — but it was the way he responded to TBS’ talkers, former major league pitcher Dirk Hayhurst and writer Tom Verducci, that showed how much Price was steamed:

 

So, come Sunday, after he’d calmed down, Price apologized:

 

Rays manager Joe Maddon, who has more pressing things to worry about — mostly being down 2-0 in the ALDS — and who is just a pretty cool guy in general, didn’t seem to get too worked up about it.

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"I don't want to take one isolated incident and try to turn it into something," Maddon said. "I think that's something we do nationally a little bit too often. I really hate to legislate behavior. I have a lot of faith in David. I think David did the right thing after he did the wrong thing. Sometimes, you've got to make a mistake in order to come out on the other side and be better. I believe in the future you're going to see better judgment."

(By the way, if you don’t recall Hayhurst as a big leaguer, you’re not alone. He pitched two seasons in the majors, 2008 and 2009, for a total of 25 games with the San Diego Padres and Toronto Blue Jays. For his career, he threw 39 1/3 innings, nearly all in relief, and gave up 50 hits with an ERA of 5.72.)

H/T USA Today

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