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
”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
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