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David Price, John Farrell relive decision to get one more crack at Alex Rodriguez 05.02.16 at 12:51 am ET
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David Price finished his up and down outing in a positive fashion. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

David Price finished his up-and-down outing in positive fashion. (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

It was the moment David Price would want to remember on a night he probably would prefer to forget.

With the game tied, 6-6, and two outs in the seventh inning, Alex Rodriguez strode the plate for the Yankees. This was the batter who had already torched the Red Sox starter for a two-run homer and two-RBI double (both coming on fastballs) earlier in the Sunday night tilt.

So with Price sitting at 94 pitches, Red Sox manager John Farrell went to the mound to check on his starter. When the conversation was over, Farrell left in the southpaw.

It was a maneuver usually not executed by Farrell, who makes a point to only go to the mound if he is taking out the pitcher. The exceptions during the manager’s tenure are limited to Ryan Dempster and John Lackey, both coming in 2013.

“He asked me if I was going make three good pitches in that situation, and I told him, ‘Absolutely,’ ” Price said. “I appreciate him leaving me out there in that situation against a guy who’s hit the ball against me well twice that night, so it’s good.”

“I just wanted to check with him,” Farrell said. “We had [Junichi Tazawa] ready, but for a starting pitcher to work for those days in between each start, we’re in a tie ball game, he had every right to go out for that seventh. And like I said, his pitch count was still well in check. If there was a runner on, we’re probably making a move there against Rodriguez. In that spot, wanted to give him an opportunity to win and you know what, it worked out.”

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Sunday’s Red Sox-Yankees matchups: David Price vs. Nathan Eovaldi 05.01.16 at 7:55 am ET
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David Price

David Price

Red Sox ace David Price will get his first taste of the team’s rivalry with the Yankees on Sunday night when he faces off against righty Nathan Eovaldi in the series finale.

Price has had an up-and-down start to the season, but despite some shaky outings he has not suffered a loss. His record sits at 3-0 with a 5.76 ERA and 1.28 WHIP. In his last outing on Tuesday against the Braves he looked sharp, going eight innings and allowing two runs on six hits. He walked two and tied his career high in strikeouts with 14.

“I don’t care about strikeouts,” Price said after the game. “I just want to go out there and pitch as deep as I can into games. … I just executed whenever I was ahead.”

In 31 appearances (30 starts) against the Yankees, Price is 13-7 with a 4.04 ERA and 1.299 WHIP. He has walked 62 and struck out 173 in 191 2/3 innings.

Eovaldi is 1-2 through four starts with a 4.38 ERA and 1.14 WHIP. In his last outing on Monday against the Rangers, however, he was dominant. He went seven shutout innings, allowing just two hits, and even took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning. The 26-year-old Texas native walked two and struck out six as the Yankees went on to win 3-1.

“In the fifth inning. I realized I had [a no-hitter] going on. Once it’s over with, it’s over with,” Eovaldi said following the outing. “And I just want to try to go as deep in the game as I can. … When it was hit, I thought it was an out. But with the shift, the ball made it through.”

Added Mark Teixeira on Eovaldi’s performance: “We saw tonight what we saw toward the end of last year, and we’d love for that to continue. Uncomfortable swings. You can tell how good a guy is and how good his stuff is by the reaction of the hitters. They’re swinging at pitches in the dirt or they’re swinging at pitches over their heads because it’s just an uncomfortable at-bat.”

In three career starts against the Red Sox, Eovaldi is 2-0 with a 4.24 ERA and 1.412 WHIP. He has walked two and struck out seven in 17 innings.

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Closing Time: David Price ties career high in strikeouts, Travis Shaw drives in 5 runs as Red Sox crush Braves 04.26.16 at 10:04 pm ET
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Travis Shaw's first inning home run keyed the Red Sox' win over the Braves. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Travis Shaw’s first-inning home run keyed the Red Sox’ win over the Braves. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

One way for David Price to end a thoroughly disappointing first month with the Red Sox: tying his career high in strikeouts in his longest outing in a Boston uniform.

Making his fifth start for the Sox, Price fanned 14 batters over a season-high eight innings and received ample run support in an 11-4 win over the Braves that saw Travis Shaw drive in five runs.

Price settled down from a busy first inning to have what turned out to be a very strong performance against a Braves offense that entered Tuesday 27th in the league with a .227 batting average.

The veteran left-hander loaded the bases in the first inning after allowing an RBI single to Jeff Francoeur, but he escaped without further damage by striking out Drew Stubbs to end the frame.

Price followed up the first by turning in back-to-back 1-2-3 innings with a pair of strikeouts in each. He ran into trouble again in the fourth inning, once again loading the bases and surrendering the Braves’ second run.

From there, Price essentially put the game away by allowing just one hit and walking none over his final four innings. He struck out six of the last seven hitters he faced, all of which he retired. Furthermore, nine of Price’s last nine outs were strikeouts. He finished with a line of six hits and two earned runs allowed over eight innings, striking out 14 and walking two.

Closing Time note

Though runs allowed have been a concern in his early starts (7.06 ERA entering Tuesday), strikeouts have not. Price now has struck out at least eight hitters in four of his first five outings with the Red Sox and leads the league with 46 strikeouts. Price was coming off a season-low five strikeouts in what was his shortest and worst outing of the season, a 3 2/3 inning performance in which he allowed two homers and eight earned runs against the Rays.

With Tuesday’s win, Price is 3-0 on the season with a 5.76 ERA. The Sox improved to 11-9.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Revisiting David Price’s batting practice exploits, love for hitting at 11:32 am ET
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David Price

David Price

ATLANTA — It wasn’t just one whisper. There were shouts that David Price wanted to sign with a National League team so he could participate in one of his favorite activities, hitting.

When such a notion is brought up now, Price smiles and lets out a quick chuckle.

“Obviously, that didn’t happen,” he said, later adding, “I don’t know if it ever entered the discussion. I enjoyed hitting. I enjoy facing a pitcher more than I enjoy hitting. No, it never came up.”

But it’s undeniable that Price isn’t the norm when it comes to living life as a major league pitcher. He just likes taking batting practice too much.

Price, who hit a home run in his last high school at-bat, has never let the love for swinging the bat go. According to those who have played with the pitcher, it isn’t uncommon to find his way into batting practice groups, even with no interleague action in site.

“It’s fun,” Price said. “I can’t turn down BP in a major league park.”

Is he a good hitter?

“In BP I am,” he responded.

There is proof of that. There was the blast the lefty hitter sent into the second deck at Washigton’s Nationals Park. Or the one that Price hit over the “Belle Tire Blast Zone” in right field at Comerica Park in Detroit.

“Miggy [Miguel Cabrera] said he the only lefty he’d see do that was Prince [Fielder],” Price said.

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Tuesday’s Red Sox-Braves matchups: David Price vs. Matt Wisler at 9:13 am ET
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David Price

David Price

Red Sox ace David Price will look to bounce back on Tuesday night in Atlanta when he takes the mound opposite young righty Matt Wisler and the Braves.

While Price has not yet lost a game this season (his record sits at 2-0 through four starts), his ERA sits at a disappointing 7.06 and he has a 1.38 WHIP. This is due largely in part to his last outing on April 21 at home against the Rays. After the Red Sox offense gave him a five-run lead in the first inning, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. He walked two, struck out five and served up two home runs in the outing.

“That’s the best I’ve felt in my four starts here,” Price said after the game. “To me, that’s the most disappointing thing. To feel the way that I felt, [I just didn’t] get the results that I expect.”

In three career starts against the Braves, Price is 2-1 with a 1.89 ERA despite a 1.526 WHIP. Price last faced the Braves on Sept. 16 of last season and led the Blue Jays to a 9-1 win, pitching seven innings of one-run ball, allowing six hits and three walks while striking out nine.

Wisler is 0-1 with a 3.10 ERA and 0.93 WHIP through three starts and one relief appearance this season. In his last start on April 21 against the Dodgers, he lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run (none earned) on four hits. The 23-year-old walked two and struck out six, while the Braves offense could only muster one run of support. Wisler wound up with a no-decision despite an impressive performance, as he came close to outdueling 2014 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.

“He matched pitch-for-pitch one of the premier pitchers in our era, arguably, in Kershaw,” Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said postgame.

Wisler, who has never pitched in a game against the Red Sox, made his major league debut last June 19 and wound up pitching in 20 games (19 starts), going 8-8 with a 4.71 ERA and 1.459 WHIP.

A seventh-round draft pick of the Padres in 2011, Wisler was traded to Atlanta last April in the deal that sent current Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel to San Diego.

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How will David Price bounce back from Thursday? Chris Archer predicts complete-game shutout 04.21.16 at 7:21 pm ET
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Former teammate Chris Archer predicts David Price will bounce back in a big way from Thursday's rough start. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Former teammate Chris Archer (right) predicts David Price will bounce back in a big way from Thursday’s rough start. (Brad Penner/USA Today Sports)

Few pitchers in baseball know David Price as well as Chris Archer does.

Archer and Price were teammates in Tampa Bay from 2012 until Price was traded at the trade deadline in 2014, and both are among the best pitchers in baseball. Price uncharacteristically struggled Thursday against his former team, allowing eight runs in just 3 2/3 innings.

Archer is confident Price will bounce back in a big way.

“He’ll throw a [complete-game shutout] next game,” Archer told WEEI.com.

“It’s hard to say [why he struggled] because he does a good job of competing even when he doesn’t have his best stuff,” Archer added. “Sometimes you have to tip your cap to the other team and just say, ‘Hey, those guys on the other side of the ball are big leaguers too. They are here for a reason.’ [The Rays] do exceptionally well against left-handed pitching. More so than trying to always find fault in what the starter does, tip your cap, move on and say it was a bad game against a good team.”

With Price opening the year with a 7.06 ERA through four starts, Archer acknowledged Boston fans might have some concerns with their $217 million pitcher, but he said not to worry.

“It’s April,” Archer said. “Every pitcher has ups and down and ebbs and flows, but we make 34, 35 starts for a reason, and at the end of those starts you’ll get your consistent, high-level star pitcher that you expect.”

Within the eight runs he allowed, Price allowed two home runs — one to Evan Longoria and one to No. 9 hitter Curt Casali, who now has three homers off Price in his career. Coming into the at-bat, Longoria had never recorded a hit off his former teammate.

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David Price takes blame for ‘unacceptable’ start, blowing 4-run lead at 6:52 pm ET
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David Price called Thursday's start against the Rays "unacceptable." (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

David Price called Thursday’s start against the Rays “unacceptable.” (Bob DeChiara/USA Today Sports)

The Red Sox must have felt pretty good after the first inning with a 5-1 lead and David Price on the mound against the Rays, but the left-hander allowed six runs in the fourth inning and departed before the inning ended in one of the worst starts of his career.

After Price allowed six runs, the Red Sox rallied and eventually tied the game, but in the end fell they to the Rays, 12-8.

“That’s not fun. I know I am better than that,” Price said. “When you get five runs in the bottom half of the first inning, that’s unacceptable.”

After four starts with the Red Sox, Price now has an ERA of 7.06 and his eight earned runs allowed tied a career high. It also was his shortest outing since April 22, 2015, when he went 2 1/3 innings and also allowed eight runs against the Yankees.

Warming up, Price said it was the best he’s felt this season, which made it even that much more difficult to see the end result not be there.

“That’s the best I’ve felt in my four starts here,” Price said. “To me, that is the most disappointing thing, to feel as good as I felt. I wanted to go out there and get the results I expect.”

Added Price: “Strength-wise, everything, my entire body. I felt good. I felt good in the bullpen. That is the best I’ve warmed up in my four starts here. To not have that carry over to the game is frustrating.”

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Closing Time: David Price struggles, Red Sox rally but ultimately fall to Rays at 5:51 pm ET
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David Price allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings to take the loss. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

David Price allowed eight runs in 3 2/3 innings in one of the worst outings of his career. (David Butler II/USA Today Sports)

With the Red Sox leading 5-1 after the first inning, it seemed like everyone could enjoy a beautiful spring afternoon at Fenway Park with David Price on the mound, but that couldn’t have been any more wrong.

Price allowed six runs in the fourth inning, which he didn’t even make it out of, but fortunately for him, the Red Sox offense rallied to tie the game, taking him off the hook.

In the end it was all for naught, as the Rays scored in the eighth and ninth innings to come away with a 12-8 win over the Red Sox in a game that took over four hours to play. The Rays won 2-of-3 games in the series.

With William Cuevas (major league debut) on the mound in an 8-8 game in the eighth, Steven Souza Jr.’s two-out double off the Green Monster scored Desmond Jennings, proving to be the game-winning run. The Rays added three insurance runs in the ninth — two charged to Cuevas and two to Noe Ramirez.

The biggest story of the game was Price, as the left-hander lasted just 3 2/3 innings, allowing eight runs on nine hits, while walking two, hitting two and striking out six. He also allowed two home runs. His ERA is 7.06 after four starts. The eight earned runs tied a career high.

Price didn’t have command of any of his pitches, leaving many up in the zone against his former team. Evan Longoria and No. 9 hitter catcher Curt Casali hit the home runs.

Trailing 8-5 in the sixth, Mookie Betts crushed his second home run in as many days too cut the deficit to 8-7. The Red Sox then added a run in the seventh to tie the score when Travis Shaw doubled home David Ortiz, who led the inning off with a double.

Things were looking good for the Red Sox as they were able to get to Rays starter Jake Odorizzi early. Dustin Pedroia crushed his first home run of the season into the Monster seats to make it 2-0 after only two batters in the bottom of the first. They added three more runs in the frame, including the fifth on a double-steal where Brock Holt stole second and Shaw technically stole home.

Closing Time note

It was the shortest start for Price since April 22, 2015, when he went 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs against the Yankees.

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David Price allows 8 runs in just 3.2 innings against former team at 3:43 pm ET
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David Price

David Price was not David Price on Thursday against the Rays.

The left-hander went just 3 2/3 innings allowing eight runs on eight hits, while walking two, hitting two and striking out five. He also allowed two home runs and departed with the Red Sox trailing 8-5.

It was Price’s shortest start since April 22, 2015 when he went 2 1/3 innings and allowed eight runs against the Yankees. It’s also the 11th time Price wasn’t able to make it through four innings.

He entered the game with an 11-1 record since August 1 of last year, by far the best in the American League.

The Red Sox starting rotation isn’t off to a great start to the season as Price has an ERA of 6.65 through four starts. The best pitcher in terms of ERA is Steven Wright, who in two starts has a 2.13 ERA.

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Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays matchups: David Price vs. Jake Odorizzi at 8:20 am ET
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David Price

David Price will face off against the team he played most of his career with on Thursday afternoon, when the Red Sox host the Rays for their series finale. He will be opposed by Rays right-hander Jake Odorizzi.

Price will look to build on the success he had in his last start against the Blue Jays on April 16. He went seven strong innings (his longest outing in three starts this season), allowing two runs on six hits. He walked none and struck out nine in a game the Red Sox would win 4-2. Price improved to 2-0 on the season and lowered his ERA to 4.50. Red Sox fans finally saw their $217 million offseason acquisition live up to expectations after a slow start to the season.

“Absolutely, I hadn’t thrown the ball the way that I know that I can the first two starts,” Price said after the win. “To throw the baseball the way I did today against the Blue Jays, which is an extremely good hitting team, feels good.”

In three career starts against the Rays, Price is 1-2 with a 5.15 ERA and 0.895 WHIP. He’s struck out 19 and walked three in 19 innings of work.

Odorizzi has been relatively solid this season but only has factored into one decision for the Rays. He was a hard-luck loser in his last start on April 15 against the White Sox, as he threw seven shutout innings and let up just four hits. He walked one and struck out six. Despite the dominating performance, the Rays could not muster a run of offense and lost the game 1-0.

“Really happy with the way [Odorizzi] threw the ball tonight,” Rays manager Kevin Cash said after the game. “Big for him and big for us. He had some not-so-good misses early on on, but after about the third or fourth inning he kicked it in second gear. The positive spot of the night is he kind of locked it in.”

Odorizzi is 2-2 against the Red Sox in eight career starts. He has posted a 3.43 ERA and 1.164 WHIP, while walking 12 and striking out 37 in 44 2/3 innings.

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