Twins 6, Rays 4

David Price needs a little more time before opening day.

”I’m still searching right now,” the Tampa Bay Rays ace said

after Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Minnesota Twins.

The AL Cy Young Award winner gave up three runs – two earned –

and nine hits in five innings. He had been hoping to pitch into the

sixth.

”I feel fine. I feel good out there, and my stuff is good and

good in the bullpen,” Price said. ”I really feel like last year

it took me to my first start. That’s when everything clicked for

me. I’m still kind of waiting for that now.”

Price was 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA last year,

”This last week I feel like I’ve hit a wall in spring

training,” he said. ”I get out there on the mound, I just feel

like blah.”

Eduardo Escobar hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the seventh

against Jim Palduch.

Jose Lobaton, trying to earn a backup catching job with the

Rays, was 3 for 3 with a solo home run and raised his spring

average to .257.

”I’ve been struggling all spring and been working hard in the

cage,” Lobaton said.

NOTES: Twins RHP Samuel Deduno will miss a few days after

straining a groin at the WBC. … Minnesota LHP Glen Perkins made

his first spring training appearance since March 2. The Twins

closer, who was on the U.S. team at the WBC, had appeared in two

minor leagues games since returning to camp. … Evan Longoria hit

his eighth double. … Rays reliever Joel Peralta turned 37. …

Rays RHP Kyle Farnsworth left as precaution when a comebacker

ricocheted off his pitching hand. … The Rays released OF Jack

Cust and sent RHPs Dane De La Rosa and Kirby Yates, OF Rich

Thompson and INFs Leslie Anderson and Cole Figueroa to their minor

league camp.