David Price gets first start vs. Rangers
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- The Tampa Bay Rays have set the pitching rotation for their first-round playoff series against the Texas Rangers, with 19-game winner David Price getting the ball in Game 1 on Wednesday.
If Game 4 is necessary on Sunday, rookie Wade Davis will get the start at Texas. If the series goes the distance, Price would start Game 5 at home Oct. 12.
The Rays also got encouraging news on the strained left quadriceps that kept All-Star third baseman Evan Longoria out of the lineup for the last 10 games of the regular season.
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon gave his players Monday off after clinching the AL East title on the final day of the season, but Longoria showed up in the morning to take batting practice, field grounders and run the bases.
"He's fine. Ready to roll," said Maddon.
"He looked really good at the plate, looked very alive," Maddon added. "His mechanics looked good, he was not jumpy. So he came through hitting, fielding, running, throwing very well."
Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.