by Barca Blog (AP Photo)
9-3, Friday night at Tropicana Field.
Price (1-0) limited the defending World Series champions to three runs and seven hits while striking out seven in a career-high 7 2/3 innings.
"That was one of my better ones (in the majors)," the former Commodore said of his performance. "But there's always room for improvement."
What they said about Price after the game:
Rays Manager Joe Maddon
"It had to be the best I've ever seen him. I haven't seen him a lot as a starter. Really sharp, came out of the chute with great fastball command, high velocity, and then he started adding in his curve, his slider and his changeup. He really pitched well, that's really encouraging. That was really fun to watch. ... He got the bullpen back in order in one day."
Yankees Catcher Jorge Posada
"He was outstanding. He threw some curveballs for a strike, some fastballs in and out. He mixed in some changeups and sliders. He has a very good arm."
Yankees First Baseman Mark Teixeira
"He really didn't make any mistakes. We hit a couple balls hard, but he pitched pretty darn well."
Articles of Interest
Tampa Tribune: Price's talent on display
Associated Press: Price, Rays rout Yankees
MLB.com: Price throws strong innings