David Price and CC Sabathia will hook up once again tonight during the finale of this three-game series between the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
"Sabathia is good, and our guy's good. They've had some battles over the last couple of years," Rays manager Joe Maddon said.
It will be the sixth meeting between the two lefties. The Rays have won all five with Price going 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA.
Price said there is a little extra incentive to pitch well when facing a pitcher like Sabathia.
"Whenever you're facing the Yankees or a guy like CC Sabathia, somebody's No. 1, you have to come out here and throw the ball very effectively," Price said. "If you come out here and give up three or four runs you're probably going to get a loss, especially facing somebody like CC. So you got to come out here and stay in the game as long as possible and give up the least amount of runs as possible."
Yet, opposing Sabathia is not what concerns Price when he thinks about tonight's game.
"Not really. I don't face CC. He's probably the one guy on that team that I am not worried about. He's not going to be stepping in the box. He's not going to be providing runs for the New York Yankees (tonight)," Price said. "He's not on my priority list. It's those one-through-nine who are going to be in the lineup are the guys I'm most focused on."
Sabathia, though, is a concern for Maddon.
"My mind is how do we set up our lineup based on all the lefties that we have in a way to beat him? And knowing what that lineup is going to look like, it's probably not our strongest lineup," Maddon said. "We have to pitch well and play defense."