David Price picked as Rays’ opening-day starter

AL Cy Young Award winner David Price has been selected as Tampa

Bay’s opening-day starter against AL East rival Baltimore.

Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Tuesday before a

spring training game against the New York Yankees. The three-time

All-Star went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 starts in lasty year, when

he edged Detroit’s Justin Verlander by four points in Cy Young

balloting.

The Rays and Orioles begin the season April 2 at Tropicana

Field. It will be the second opening- day assignment for Price, who

also was given the honor in 2011.