Price looks to continue success at Fenway

Price looks to continue success at Fenway
October 4, 2013, 2:00 pm
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BOSTON – Risking life and limb – including his prized left arm – Tampa Bay’s David Price road a Hubway rental bicycle from Fenway Park to the team’s hotel Thursday, and made the return trip Friday morning.
 
Any close calls?
 
“Only one curb, no cars,” Price said with a laugh.
 
The Rays hope that will be as scary as it will get for their left-hander while he’s in Boston. For the most part, Price has had little to worry about in Boston. In 10 career starts at Fenway, he is 6-1 with a 1.88 ERA, giving up 14 earned runs in 67 innings with two complete games. In July – because of a rainout and a scheduling quirk – he became the first starting pitcher to beat the Sox twice at Fenway in a span of five days in more than 70 years.
 
Overall, in 20 career starts against the Sox, Price is 10-6 with a 2.93 ERA. He last faced the Sox on Sept. 10 at Tropicana Field, taking the loss despite allowing just two runs in eight innings throwing a career-high 127 pitches.
 
Asked why he’s been so successful against the Sox, Price replied:
 
“I can't give you all my secrets,” he said. “But honestly I don't know, man.  It's just pitching against the Red Sox or pitching against a team like the Yankees, you know the history behind those franchises. You know what they're capable of doing. Every single year, year in, year out, they're going to be a postseason team, and you know you're going to have to come with your best. If you come with your "B" game, "B‑plus" game, you have a pretty good chance to lose. So it heightens your awareness. You start feeling butterflies probably a day earlier than what you normally would.  Pitching in this ballpark, pitching against that team it makes you want it just a little bit more.”
 
In his last outing, Monday night at Texas, Price threw a complete-game in the one-game tiebreaker to launch the Rays into the postseason. He gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts, throwing 118 pitches. Asked what it would take for him to repeat the performance, Price replied:
 
“Nine innings.
 
“You've got to do a lot of the same things.  I've got to be able to command my fastball on both sides of the plate. Everything with me and everything with a lot of big league pitchers at this level, you have to be able to command your fastball. If you can do that, you have a good chance to be successful.

“So whenever you can command your fastball, especially with a two‑seamer and four‑seamer on both sides of the plate, it allows for your secondary pitches, if they're not that good that day, it's just fine. The hitter knows in the back of their mind that you're putting your fastball on both sides of the plate and you're hitting the mitt. Everything stems from me with the fastball location.”