There was some thought that David Price would start Game 1 of the ALCS for Toronto, but manager John Gibbons went with Marco Estrada on regular rest instead.
That’s led to another round of questions about how Price has been used.
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The former Cy Young winner has a shaky playoff record, and wasn’t particularly good in his start against the Rangers. So rather than rest him to start a potential ALCS opener, Gibbons used him in a 50-pitch relief stint that made him unavailable for Friday night.
Price is scheduled to pitch Game 2 against Kansas City on Saturday.
Gibbons said it was simply a matter of circumstances, and while he acknowledged Price pitched longer than most people thought he would, "that was a little bit of strategy, too."
Asked about the way he’d been used, Price replied: "It doesn’t matter. Whatever the team wants me to do to help them win. I’m all about it."