American League Preview from The Sports Network|
Thursday, May 8th
(All times Eastern)
Baltimore Orioles (17-14) at Tampa Bay Rays (15-19), 7:10 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Baltimore - Ubaldo Jimenez (1-4, 5.19)
Tampa Bay - David Price (3-2, 4.44)
(SportsNetwork.com) - Long-time staff ace David Price will try to avoid a home
series sweep for the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday night, when the Baltimore
Orioles visit Tropicana Field for the finale of a three-game set.
The former Vanderbilt University star is 7-2 in 16 career starts against the
Orioles while compiling a solid 2.70 earned run average.
In the last eight of those 16 games, he's 3-0 with an even better 2.29 ERA,
and in his last four starts against Baltimore at the Trop, Price is 1-0 with
a stingy 1.37 ERA.
He went the nine-inning route in his most recent home start on April 22 and
scored a 7-3 win against Minnesota, but was subsequently ripped for nine hits
in six-plus innings of a 9-2 road loss to the Chicago White Sox five days
later. In his most recent start, on Friday at Yankee Stadium, he allowed two
runs in seven innings of a game the Rays ultimately won, 10-5, in 14 innings.
Price is opposed by Baltimore righty Ubaldo Jimenez, who was winless in his
first five starts of 2014 before breaking through for a victory in his last
outing on Friday.
In that game, at Minnesota, he struck out 10 batters and gave up just three
hits in 7 1/3 innings while scoring a 3-0 triumph.
"He's such an engaging likable young man, but don't ever underestimate the
drive and the want that he has," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said.
He's 3-1 in four starts with a 2.73 ERA against the Rays, and, most recently,
beat them, 5-0, after allowing four hits and striking out seven in eight
innings last season. In his lone career start at Tropicana Field in 2012,
however, he allowed five runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-0 loss.
On Wednesday, Adam Jones homered twice and the Orioles took the middle game,
Jones got things started for the O's with a pair of solo home runs, and
Jonathan Schoop provided the eventual game-winner with a two-run shot.
Bud Norris yielded just two runs on three hits over 5 2/3 frames for
David DeJesus homered for Tampa Bay.
The Orioles lost 13 of 19 against the Rays a season ago, going 3-7 on the
road, but have won all four meetings this season.
05/08 10:20:57 ET