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Rays' Price leaves game with back tightness

Published:   |   Updated: March 18, 2013 at 07:19 PM

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Tampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price left Friday night's win over the Detroit Tigers before the start of the eighth inning with lower back tightness.

Sun Sports immediately showed a clip of Price sitting in the Rays dugout with what appeared to be a heat pad on his back.

With the Rays leading the Tigers 4-2, Price went out to take his warm-up pitches, but assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker quickly went to the Tropicana Field mound. Pitching coach Jim Hickey and manager Joe Maddon soon followed.

After a brief discussion, Price walked off the field and Jake McGee was called in from the bullpen.

Price allowed two runs on five hits and one walk in his seven innings, outdueling reigning AL Cy Young Award winner Justin Verlander, who allowed three home runs, including two to Rays left fielder Desmond Jennings. Price struck out seven Tigers and had thrown only 78 pitches.

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