ST. PETERSBURG – David Price is back. You might have heard.
Price makes his first start this afternoon against his former team just 21 days after the trade that sent him to the Tigers for right-hander Drew Smyly, Triple A infielder Nick Franklin and Class A shortstop Willy Adames.
Price made 175 appearances for the Rays, including 170 starts. He was 82-47 with a 3.18 ERA, one 20-game season and one Cy Young Award, both in 2012.
He pitched in 85 games at the Trop, including 84 starts. He is 35-27 with a 2.89 ERA under the dome.
Price will be opposed by Alex Cobb and all right-handed line-up, something Rays manager Joe Maddon normally does against tough left-handers.
“If we catch a mistake and hit it into the seats that would be very beneficial,” Maddon said.
Some notable returns by former Rays pitchers:
Rolando Arrojo, the Rays first all-star in their inaugural season, returned as a member of the Red Sox in 2000 and earned a victory after allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings in a 4-3 BoSox win.
Edwin Jackson returned in 2009 with the Tigers and picked up the win after allowing three runs on six hits in nine innings in Detroit’s 5-3 win. He would come back the following year with the Diamondbacks and throw a no-hitter against his old team.
Scott Kazmir returned with the Angels in 2010 and allowed three runs on seven hits in five innings of the Rays 3-2 win.
James Shields won his first start at the Trop two years after his trade to Kansas City. He held the Rays to two runs over seven innings in an 8-2 win earlier this year.
Matt Garza, who threw the only no-hitter in team history, returned as a Brewer earlier this season and took the loss after allowing six runs in 4 1/3 innings.
Here are the lineups:
V. Martinez 1B
J.D. Martinez LF
Price LHP (12-8, 3.12)
Cobb RHP (8-6, 3.19)