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Published on NewsOK Modified: April 21, 2014 at 8:03 pm •  Published: April 21, 2014


By Joe Smith,

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ST. PETERSBURG — LHP David Price enters tonight's start against the Twins hoping to kick off a series better than he did Thursday in a loss to the Yankees.

In a showdown with LHP CC Sabathia, Price allowed a season-high six runs and 10 hits in a season-low five innings as the Rays dropped the opener 10-2.

But Price believes those numbers weren't reflective of how he pitched.

"I feel good," Price said. "I feel much better than my stat line from the other day.

"I really thought I threw the ball better than that. It's just how it happens, it's baseball, it's going to happen, you're going to have those days. And hopefully I don't have another one this year. But if I do, then it happens. It's not due to lack of effort, or lack of caring, it's just one of those things where I got beat."

Price (2-1, 4.39) said he's happy the Rays tweaked the rotation, moving him up from Wednesday to keep him on his usual five-day schedule. But he knows the rebuilding Twins (9-9), who are among the major-league leaders in runs and walks, will provide a challenge.

"They're swinging the bats well, they're playing well," Price said. "I just want to go throw the ball, get us started off right in this first game of the series, unlike the other day. Just get the ball rolling."

SUPER SAM: Ex-Rays OF Sam Fuld was claimed off waivers by the Twins on Sunday, just in time for him to join Minnesota in its series at Tropicana Field through Thursday.

Fuld, a solid Rays contributor from 2011-13, was designated for assignment by the A's last week. He started the season with Oakland, having made the team out of camp while on a minor-league deal, and hit .200 in seven games.

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