Rays hoping for another pitching gem

Rays hoping for another pitching gem
October 1, 2013, 9:30 pm
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David Price has gone 0-3 against the Rangers in the postseason. He’s still 0-3, because the Rays-Rangers game on Monday technically was a regular-season game, but the Tampa Bay starter came through in what was a postseason game in everything but name.

Price was dominant, throwing a complete game in the Rays’ 5-2 victory that sent them to the American League wild-card game against the Indians on Wednesday. Through 118 pitches, Price gave up seven hits, walked one and struck out four. He held Texas without a hit in seven of nine at-bats with runners in scoring position.

"He wanted it as much as he wanted oxygen," Rays manager Joe Maddon said (via mlb.com). "He wanted to be the guy. He has trained to be that person since he was a kid."

"He got into that zone, and there was nothing that was going to stop him," Rays second baseman Ben Zobrist said.

On Wednesday in Cleveland, it’s Alex Cobb’s turn. Price will be a hard act to follow, but Cobb has had a terrific season, going 11-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 22 starts.

"He's been the most consistent," said another Tampa Bay starter, Jeremy Hellickson. "Right now, you could definitely say he's the best on our staff, and probably the best in the American League right now. …  I can't think of anybody better."