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Price gets extra day to rest, will start Tuesday

Left-hander blames cold weather for numbness in left hand
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BOSTON -- Red Sox lefty David Price will get an additional day of rest before making his next start on Tuesday in Anaheim, when the Red Sox open a nine-game road trip against the Angels.

The decision was made Thursday by manager Alex Cora a day after Price was forced out of start against the Yankees after one inning with a numbing sensation in his left fingertips.

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BOSTON -- Red Sox lefty David Price will get an additional day of rest before making his next start on Tuesday in Anaheim, when the Red Sox open a nine-game road trip against the Angels.

The decision was made Thursday by manager Alex Cora a day after Price was forced out of start against the Yankees after one inning with a numbing sensation in his left fingertips.

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Price played catch before the Red Sox's 6-3 win over the Yankees and felt fine and told Cora he would have been fine to pitch as scheduled in Monday's annual Patriots' Day game in Boston that starts at 11:05 a.m. ET.

But with gloomy and cold weather expected Monday, Cora opted to give Price an extra day and let him pitch in more friendly conditions.

"I just decided, for my sake, just push him back and make sure everything is fine," said Cora. "He is fine, but I'd rather give him one more day and he'll pitch Tuesday in [Anaheim]."

Though Price was limited to 11 starts last season due to left elbow woes, he never thought Wednesday was anything more than a hiccup related to cold weather in early April.

"I knew that this morning whenever I woke up. I knew it last night before I went to sleep," said Price. "There was never any thought in my mind that last year reoccurred or anything like that. My hand was just literally numb and I couldn't feel it."

Now that Price's situation is sorted out, Cora was also able to plot out the rotation for the rest of the weekend.

Righty Hector Velazquez will start Saturday against the Orioles. Lefty Brian Johnson will get the nod on Patriots' Day. As had already been scheduled, Eduardo Rodriguez gets the start on Friday against Baltimore and ace Chris Sale is going on Sunday.

Poyner to DL

The Red Sox placed lefty reliever Bobby Poyner on the 10-day disabled list prior to Thursday's game with a left hamstring strain and recalled right-hander Marcus Walden from Triple-A Pawtucket.

Poyner has been impressive during his first Major League stint, posting a 2.57 ERA in six appearances.

At this point, the expectation is that he might only miss the 10 days.

"With him, in Spring Training, I went out once [to the mound]," said Cora. "I think it was late in Spring Training, and he said he was fine. In Tampa, [Fla.], he mentioned he felt it, but he was OK. Yesterday, you saw what happened [when he was stretching out his leg]. And then he's been battling it and he gave us two innings. He battled for us and we decided to put him on the DL."

Cora explains beef with Nevin

One of the subplots to Wednesday's melee was a somewhat heated exchange between Cora and Yankees third-base coach Phil Nevin.

Cora gave Nevin a dismissive wave and told him to get back to the third-base coach's box.

"Well, after the whole thing, he was screaming at our dugout," said Cora. "I don't know if he was screaming specifically at me, and I took exception. I don't want to say I overreacted, but that's not me. I think for 10 games, or whatever I've managed, you guys see me very calm over there. But there's some chain of command, and if we're going to be letting everybody be screaming in situations like that, well it wasn't a good situation in the beginning and it can be worse.

"I don't manage their team. I manage my team. I don't want any of my coaches screaming at Aaron Boone or any of their players and I took exception. I made a signal. I know everybody saw it. Out of character for me, but I still didn't like the fact that he was pointing at me and screaming."

Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.

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