Tigers 8, Rays 1
David Price felt fine on the mound – his activity off it was the
Price left Tampa Bay Rays’ 8-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on
Thursday with minor neck spasms sustained while he was drying his
neck with a towel between innings.
”It’s happened to me two times before,” Price explained. ”The
towel just catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck
forward. I just felt it a little bit in back of my neck and just
wanted to be cautious with it.”
Price gave up two scoreless innings for the Rays in his second
spring start, giving up three hits with a walk and a strikeout. He
was slated to pitch a third inning.
Price and Rays manager Joe Maddon said it won’t be a setback and
that Price should be fine within a few days.
”I felt all right,” Price said of his outing. ”That’s the
best I’ve felt all spring training, body-wise, arm-wise. I didn’t
feel any soreness, any stiffness anywhere, so that was good.”
Doug Fister was sharp for the Tigers, pitching three scoreless
innings, Delmon Young hit a three-run homer and Miguel Cabrera
added three big hits for the Tigers.
Detroit manager Jim Leyland credits the early offensive prowess
to the amount of batting practice against pitchers they saw early
”That makes a difference,” Leyland said.
Young, who took Rays reliever Cesar Ramos deep in the third
inning, said that while the team is feeding off of Prince Fielder
and Cabrera, pitchers aren’t using their full assortment of pitches
”You could see with Price and (Jeremy) Hellickson, they’re just
throwing fastballs right now,” said Young. ”They weren’t mixing
their breaking balls or anything. Then when the season comes around
and they start mixing it up and when the lights come on, then you
see the real hitters.”
Cabrera barely missed a home run with one out in the top of the
third inning when he launched a ball off the top of the left-center
”That’s OK,” Cabrera said. ”Big doubles.”
The slugger went on to steal third base on his own before Young
The Rays, still without Evan Longoria and Luke Scott, only
mustered three hits.
”They’re a pretty good ballclub and we didn’t have any
offensive momentum to keep us in the game,” Maddon said. ”We
didn’t hit. They hit.”
Hellickson pitched two innings for the Rays, giving up three
runs on four hits and striking out two. The right-hander was sharp
in the fifth inning but was roughed around by the Tigers in the
The reigning AL Rookie of the Year said he was more worried
about throwing strikes and working on his pitches than the
”It’s nice to go out there and do a little better than I did,
but I felt good,” Hellickson said of his outing.
NOTES: Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hand) took swings in a batting
cage Thursday, but must take batting practice a few more times
before playing in a game. … Rays LF Sam Fuld (wrist) will play
Friday. … Rays DH Scott (shoulder) will not play Friday. … Rays
LHP Matt Moore (lower abdominal strain) threw batting practice to
Scott and Fuld and will pitch Tuesday. … Tigers SS Ramon Santiago
had three hits on Thursday. … Cabrera said he’s not worried about
the lack of groundballs hit his way thus far.