Full name is David Taylor Price. Married his wife, Tiffany, in November 2016...They had their 1st child, Xavier, in May 2017. Has a French bulldog, Astro...In April 2013, Price and Astro were both given the key to the city by Tampa's mayor. Signed by Brad Matthews (Rays). His Twitter account, @DAVIDprice24, has over 1.8 million followers and more than 15,000 tweets. Majored in sociology at Vanderbilt University...As a junior in 2007, went 11-1 with a 2.63 ERA and a school-record 194 SO in leading Vanderbilt to its 1st-ever SEC regular season and tournament championships. Won the 2007 Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur baseball player in the country. Also tabbed the 2007 Dick Howser Award winner as the nation's best college baseball player; named by Baseball America as the College Player of the Year; named the Roger Clemens Award winner as the nation's top pitcher; and tabbed both the SEC's Player of the Year and Male Athlete of the Year following the season. Won a gold medal with the USA Baseball National Team in Cuba in 2006... Named the top prospect on Team USA. Attended Blackman (TN) High School...Was a 2-time Rutherford County MVP Pitcher...Tabbed Rutherford County Male Athlete of the Year in 2002, '03 and '04. Selected to play in the 2004 High School All-America game in Albuquerque, NM.
Missed a majority of his 2nd season with BOS due to a pair of DL stints...Went 5-3 with a 3.82 ERA (28 ER/66.0 IP) in 11 starts, and 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA (8.2 IP) in 5 relief appearances...Including the postseason, allowed 0 runs and only 8 hits in 15.1 IP in 7 relief appearances (19 SO, 4 BB). Began the season on the 10-day DL with a left elbow strain...Made 2 rehab starts with Triple-A Pawtucket on 5/19 and 5/24 (6 ER/5.2 IP). Activated from the DL on 5/29 and started that day at CWS (ND, 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 2 H, 2 BB, 4 SO, 2 HBP). Limited opponents to a .200 AVG (17-for-85) in his first 4 starts from 5/29-6/13...On 6/3 at BAL, allowed 1 run on 3 hits over 7.0 IP and earned the win in his 250th career start. Allowed 0 HR in 5 consecutive starts from 6/24-7/16, tied for the longest such streak of his career (8th time). Made 5 consecutive quality starts from 6/24-7/16 (3-1, 1.91 ERA, 7 ER/33.0 IP, 34 SO, 5 BB). Tossed 13.0 consecutive scoreless frames spanning 3 starts from 7/9-22...Held NYY scoreless over 8.0 IP on 7/16 in the 2nd game of a doubleheader at Fenway... Marked his longest scoreless outing with 0 BB since a shutout on 6/12/15 with DET vs. CLE. Allowed 5 ER in 5.0 IP in his start on 7/22 at LAA and was placed on the 10-day DL on 7/28 (retro to 7/25) with left elbow inflammation. Activated from the DL on 9/14 and spent the remainder of the season in the bullpen. Did not allow a run in 8.2 IP over 5 appearances (.100 opponent AVG, 3-for-30, 13 SO)....All 3 hits came on 9/22 at CIN (3 singles). Did not allow a hit in 2.0 scoreless IP on 9/17 at TB, his 1st appearance since being activated from the DL. Earned his 1st career relief win after tossing 2.2 scoreless frames on 9/22 at CIN (3 H, BB, 4 SO). Stranded 2 inherited runners to preserve a lead in the Sox' AL East title-clinching win over HOU on 9/30. POSTSEASON: Made 2 relief appearances during the ALDS vs. HOU (Game 2 at Minute Maid Park and Game 3 at Fenway Park)...Combined to toss 6.2 scoreless frames in those outings (5 H, 6 SO, 2 BB)...Tossed 4.0 scoreless innings in Game 3 at Fenway Park...Became the 4th Red Sox pitcher in postseason history with 4.0+ scoreless relief IP, and the 1st since Pedro Martinez's 6.0 no-hit IP in Game 5 of the 1999 ALDS at CLE...Martinez's was the only other such outing by a Red Sox in a postseason elimination game.
Led the majors in innings pitched (230.0) in his debut season with the Red Sox...Went 17-9 with a 3.99 ERA and led the club in starts (35), innings, and strikeouts (228). Became the 1st Red Sox to lead the majors in innings pitched since Roger Clemens in 1991 (271.1). Ranked 4th in the AL and 7th in the majors with 228 SO, the most ever by a Red Sox LHP in a single season and the most by any Red Sox since Pedro Martinez in 2002 (239). His 17 wins ranked T-4th in the AL and T-8th in the majors. Was the only major leaguer to make 35 starts, marking a new career high...It was the most in a single season by any ML pitcher since Chris Carpenter and Dan Haren in 2010 (35 each) and the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Frank Viola in 1992 (35). Ranked 5th in the AL and 9th in MLB with a 4.56 SO/BB ratio. Posted a 6.75 ERA (31 ER/41.1 IP) in his first 7 starts, but had a 3.39 ERA (71 ER/188.2 IP) in 28 starts from 5/12 through the end of the season. The Red Sox won 9 of his final 11 regular season starts, including 9 straight from 8/12-9/22, the longest streak of his career for any team. His .314 opponent AVG on balls in play (BABIP) was the highest of his career and the 8th-highest among qualifying AL pitchers (15th-highest in MLB). Ranked 2nd in MLB with 10 starts of 8.0+ IP (Sale-13), the most by a Red Sox pitcher since Pedro Martinez's 11 in 2002, and the most by a Red Sox LHP since Frank Viola in 1992 (14). Ranked 2nd in the AL with 7 double-digit strikeout games (Verlander-8)...The only other Red Sox with as many double-digit SO efforts in a season are Pedro Martinez (5 times), Roger Clemens (5), Jon Lester (1), and Jim Lonborg (1). Made 6 Interleague starts, more than any other Red Sox starter in a single season since Interleague play began in 1997...Went 4-2 with a 3.14 ERA (15 ER/43.0 IP, 46 SO, 11 BB) in those outings...Tied a Red Sox record with 4 Interleague wins (also Derek Lowe in 2003, Matt Clement in 2005, and Josh Beckett in 2006). Made his Red Sox debut with his 4th consecutive Opening Day start on 4/5 at CLE, the 5th of his career...According to Elias, joined Kevin Brown (1997-99) and Jack Morris (1990-92) as the only pitchers in ML history to start 3 consecutive openers for 3 different teams...Also joined David Wells (2005) and Pedro Martinez (1998) as the only Red Sox to make their team debuts as the Opening Day starter since 1978. Became the 1st pitcher in ML history to win 3 consecutive Opening Day starts for 3 different teams, and the only pitcher in the majors to win on Opening Day in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Became the 1st LHP in Sox history to record 10+ SO in his team debut, and the first to do so on Opening Day... Joined Pedro Martinez (1998 and 2000) as the only AL starters with 10+ SO and 0 XBH allowed in an Opening Day outing since 1971. Struck out 8 on 4/11 vs. BAL and 9 on 4/16 vs. TOR...Joined Pedro Martinez as the only Red Sox in the last 100 years to strike out 8+ hitters in each of their first 3 games with the club. Tied a career high with 14 SO in 8.0 IP on 4/26 at ATL, the highest single-game total by a Red Sox pitcher in 2016. Led MLB with 46 SO in April, his most through the first 5 outings of any season...His 13.96 SO/9.0 IP ratio in April was the highest by any Red Sox pitcher (min. 20.0 IP) before May 1 since 1913 (previous: Pedro Martinez, 13.89 in 2001)...It was also the highest mark by any AL pitcher through April in the live ball era (min. 20.0 IP). Won his career-best 9th consecutive decision on 5/1 vs. NYY (4-0 in 2016)...Became the 1st BOS pitcher to earn the win in his first 4 decisions with the club, all as a starter, since Jon Lester in 2006. Made 8 straight quality starts from 5/12-6/19 (2.47 ERA, 16 ER/58.1 IP, .204 opponent AVG, 0.94 WHIP). Did not allow a HR to a left-handed batter in any of his first 9 starts (6-for-34, 3 1B, 3 2B). Passed 1,500.0 career innings pitched on 5/24 vs. COL. Lost 3 consecutive quality starts from 6/3-14, the longest such streak by a Red Sox since Pedro Martinez in 1999. Threw his 1st complete game with BOS and 15th of his career on 6/8 at SF (L, 8.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER). Was dealt the loss on 6/14 vs. BAL, despite striking out 11 and walking none over 8.0 IP (3 ER)...Was the 1st Red Sox starter with 10+ SO and 0 BB in a loss since Pedro Martinez on 8/19/99 vs. OAK. Recorded his 1,500th career strikeout on 7/5 vs. TEX...Also in that game, surrendered a stolen base to Ian Desmond, snapping a streak of 49 starts without a SB allowed (began 4/6/15)...The only ML pitchers with longer streaks since 1913 are Terry Mulholland (62, 5/2/93- 9/9/95) and Whitey Ford (62, 4/18/58-5/13/60; 61, 7/28/60-5/18/62). On 7/10 vs. TB, struck out 10 batters for the 3rd straight game over 8.0 scoreless innings...According to Elias, became just the 3rd Red Sox starter with 3 consecutive outings with 10+ SO and 1 or 0 BB (also Rich Hill in 2015 and Pedro Martinez in 1999). Led the AL with 140 SO at the All-Star break, the most by a LHP in the 1st half in Red Sox history...Joined Pedro Martinez (3 times) and Roger Clemens (once) as the only Red Sox with as many as 7 double-digit strikeout performances prior to the All-Star break. On 7/28 at LAA, threw 8.0 shutout innings before the Angels plated 2 unearned runs off Brad Ziegler in the 9th for a 2-1 walk-off win...Became the 1st Sox pitcher with 8.0 shutout frames in a team loss since Matt Young did so in a 1-0 loss to CLE on 4/15/91 at Fenway (9.0, 2 H, 0 R). From 8/12-9/12, earned the win in 7 consecutive starts, a career-long streak and the 2nd-longest in the AL in 2016 (Sale-9)...Posted a 2.16 ERA (12 ER/50.0 IP), a .184 opponent AVG, and a 0.82 WHIP in those starts. Was credited with his 2nd complete game of the season and 16th of his career in a rain-shortened win on 8/17 at BAL, allowing 1 run on 4 hits over 6.0 innings. Went 23.0 IP without walking a batter from 9/2-22 (25 SO)...Became the 1st Red Sox pitcher since at least 1913 to make 3 consecutive starts with 7+ SO and 0 BB: 9/7 at SD, 9/12 vs. BAL, and 9/17 vs. NYY. Struck out 7+ batters in 6 consecutive starts from 8/22-9/17, tying Jon Lester (4/17-5/16/14) for the longest such streak by a left-handed Sox pitcher since 1913. Recorded his 200th strikeout of the season on 9/7 at SD...Became just the 2nd Red Sox LHP ever with 200+ SO in a single season (also Jon Lester, 2009 & '10). Won his 8th straight decision on 9/22 at BAL, tying the 2nd-longest streak of his career. POSTSEASON: Started Game 2 of the ALDS at CLE and was dealt the loss (3.1 IP, 6 H, 5 ER)....According to Elias, became the 1st player to pitch in the postseason in 4 consecutive years with 4 different teams (2013-TB, 2014-DET, 2015-TOR, 2016-BOS)...Elias notes that Price became only the 4th player, regardless of position, to play in 4 consecutive postseasons for 4 different teams (also Kenny Lofton, Orlando Cabrera, and Eric Hinske).
Led the AL with a 2.45 ERA (60 ER/220.1 IP) in 32 starts between the Detroit Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays...Helped TOR to its 1st postseason berth since 1993. Named an All-Star via the player ballot...Finished 2nd in AL Cy Young Award voting. Placed among AL leaders in innings (3rd), quality starts (T-3rd, 24), strikeouts (4th, 225), and starts (T-7th, 32)...Worth an AL-best 6.4 WAR according to Fangraphs, 3rd among ML pitchers behind Clayton Kershaw (8.6) and Jake Arrieta (7.3). Limited opponents to a .230 AVG, .271 OBP, and .350 SLG, posting the 4th-best opponent OPS in the AL (.621). Recorded the 6th-best walk rate (1.9 BB/9.0 IP) and 6th-best strikeout rate (9.2 SO/9.0 IP) in the AL, and had the 4th-highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.8). Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 23 of his 32 starts (72%), including 8 of 11 after being acquired by TOR on 7/30 in exchange for LHPs Matt Boyd, Daniel Norris, and Jairo Labourt. Did not allow a stolen base throughout the regular season. Pitched 8.2 scoreless innings for the win as DET's Opening Day starter on 4/6 vs. MIN. Reached double digits in strikeouts 4 times, recording a season-high 12 SO on 5/21 vs. HOU and 7/18 vs. BAL. Threw 3 complete games, including a 93-pitch complete-game shutout on 6/12 vs. CLE. Earned the win for the AL in the All-Star Game on 7/14 in CIN, recording 2 SO (eventual NL MVP Bryce Harper and runner-up Paul Goldschmidt) in a perfect 4th inning. Became just the 4th pitcher since 1893 to win at least 9 games and post a winning record for 2 different teams in a single season...Joined Hank Borowy (1945 Cubs and Yankees), David Cone (1995 Blue Jays and Yankees), and Bartolo Colon (2002 Indians and Expos). Won 9 of his 11 regular season starts with the Jays, posting an AL-best 2.30 ERA (19 ER/74.1 IP) from 7/30 on (min. 5 GS). Fanned 11 while allowing 1 run in 8.0 IP on 8/3 vs. MIN in his Blue Jays debut. Defeated the Orioles for his 100th career win on 9/5 vs. BAL...Won his last 5 regular season starts, all in September (5-0, 2.32, 8 ER/31.0 IP, 37 SO).
Opened the 2014 season in the Tampa Bay rays organization before being acquired by the Tigers in exchange for Willy Adames, Austin Jackson and Drew Smyly on July 31...Led the American League with 248.1 innings pitched and 271 strikeouts, while he was tied for second with three complete games, third with 1.38 walks per nine innings, fourth with 9.82 strikeouts per nine innings, and tied for fifth with 24 quality starts...Rated as possessing the best control in the American League following the season by Baseball America...Selected to the American League All-star squad for the fourth time in his career...Tied for first in the American League with 11 games with 10-or-more strikeouts...Fanned a season-high 12 batters on April 22 versus Minnesota -- equaled the high on May 13 at Seattle and June 20 versus Houston...Tossed 100-or-more pitches in 23 straight starts from April 22-August 21 -- the longest streak in the American League in 2014 and the seventh-longest such streak since 2000...Compiled a 1-2 record, a 3.80 ERA (42.2IP/18er) and 43 strikeouts in six starts during May...Registered a quality start in 13 straight outings from May 30-August 5 -- compiled a 7-4 record, a 2.12 ERA (102.0IP/24er) and 115 strikeouts during that stretch...Fanned at least nine batters in six consecutive outings from June 4-July 1...Compiled a season-high six-game winning streak June 25-July 25 -- posted a 1.31 ERA (48.0IP/7er) and 50 strikeouts during the six-start stretch...Posted a 2-3 record, a 2.27 ERA (39.2IP/10er) and 54 strikeouts in five starts during June -- tied for second in the American League with 54 strikeouts during the month, while he was seventh with a 2.27 ERA...Led the American League with 45 strikeouts, while he was tied for first with five wins and eighth with a 1.74 ERA (46.2IP/9er) in six starts during July...Earned his first win with the Tigers after allowing one run on three hits on August 16 versus Seattle...Compiled a 3-2 record, a 3.00 ERA (45.0IP/15er) and 47 strikeouts in six starts during September -- ranked third in the American League with 47 strikeouts during the month...Lefthanded batters hit .258 (63x244) against Price...limited righthanded batters to a .234 (167x715) batting average...Compiled a 9-7 record, a 3.23 erA (147.2IP/53er) and 164 strikeouts in 20 starts prior to the All-star break...posted a 6-5 record, a 3.31 ERA (100.2IP/37er) and 107 strikeouts in 14 starts following the break...Started one game for the Tigers during the American League Division series -- allowed two runs on five hits while striking out six over 8.0 innings of work to suffer the loss.
Followed his 2012 AL Cy Young campaign by going 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA (186.2-IP, 69-ER) in 27 starts…tied CWS Chris Sale for the AL lead with 4 complete games…missed 44 games (May 16-July 1) with a triceps strain he suffered on May 15 vs. BOS, his first career trip to the DL…in 18 starts after his return, went 9-4 with a 2.53 ERA (131.2-IP, 113-H, 37-ER, 13-BB, 102-SO, 8-HR) and all 4 of his complete games…in 9 starts prior to his injury, was 1-4 with a 5.24 ERA (55-IP, 65-H, 32-ER). After his July 2 return from the DL, led the majors with 131.2 IP and in several other categories…in fact, he threw 15.2 more innings than any other pitcher (STL Adam Wainwright)... For the year, led the AL with a 5.59 strikeout-to-walk ratio (151-SO, 27-BB), 4th in the majors to PHI Cliff Lee (6.94), STL Adam Wainwright (6.26) and NYM Matt Harvey (6.16)…this ranked 4th all-time among AL lefties after SEA/TEX Cliff Lee in 2010 (10.28), CLE CC Sabathia in 2007 (5.65) and NYY David Wells in 1998 (5.62)... Allowed only 27 BB in 186.2 IP…his 1.30 BB/9 IP led the AL and set a club record (prev. 1.51 by James Shields in 2007)…after his return from the DL, only walked 13 batters in 131.2 IP (0.89 BB/9 IP)…twice set club records in 2013 with streaks of 27 innings (July 2-19) and 35.1 (July 19-Aug 9) without a walk…had 10 starts with no walks, most by a Rays starter in a single season (prev. Shields with 9 in 2007 and 2008)... Owns a career 22-3 record in AL East road ballparks with a 3.16 ERA (236.1-IP, 83-ER) in 37 games, 36 starts…in 2013, went 5-0 in 7 starts in AL East road parks…his 39-14 (.736) lifetime record vs. the AL East currently ranks 1st since divisional play began in 1969 (min. 25 wins)…his career 2.96 ERA (483-IP, 159-ER) vs. the AL East ranks 2nd all-time (min. 30 starts) after Jim Palmer (2.75)... His career road record of 41-18 (.695) is tops among all active pitchers (min. 50 decisions) and ranks 3rd in the majors since 1921…is 33-10 (.767) on the road since July 24, 2010…in 2013 went 8-3 with a 3.11 ERA on the road, compared to 2-5, 3.61 at home... Allowed only 2 HR over his final 12 starts (83.1 IP) over August-September... Pitched 8 or more innings more times (eight) than he did during his 2012 Cy Young season (five)…pitched at least 7 innings in 14 of his 18 starts after returning from the DL... Held left-handed hitters to a .189 avg. (31-for-164)…during his career has held lefties to a .198 avg., 3rd best among active starting pitchers (min. 500 AB) behind Clayton Kershaw (.186) and C.J. Wilson (.196)... Received 4.15 R/9 IP (186.2-IP, 86-RS) in run support, 8th lowest in the AL…received 5.37 R/9 IP in 2012 when he went 20-5... Went 5-1 with a 1.68 ERA (48.1-IP, 9-ER) in July with 35 SO and only 1 BB…his 5 wins set a club record for July and tied the club record for any month…was one of three Rays to receive votes for AL Pitcher of the Month in July, along with winner Chris Archer and Matt Moore... During his time on the DL (May 16-July 1), the Rays went 24-20 (.545) while the starters went 17-13 with a 4.49 ERA…after his return, the Rays went 48-32 (.600), while the starters were 33-22 with a 3.30 ERA... Threw three 9-inning complete games on fewer than 100 pitches, tying ATL Greg Maddux (2000), MIN Brad Radke (2001) and OAK Mark Mulder (2003) for most in one season since complete pitch count data is available (1999)…these 3 games came in his first 4 starts back from the DL (July 7 vs. CWS, July 12 vs. HOU, July 24 at BOS)…prior to Price's stretch, the Rays had only five such games in their 16-year history... On July 7 vs. CWS (3-1 win) and July 12 vs. HOU (2-1 loss), became the first pitcher to throw back-to-back 9-inning CGs on less than 100 pitches since TOR Roy Halladay in May 2006…his 87 pitches on July 12 were the fewest ever for a Rays 9-inning complete game... On July 24 and July 29 at BOS, became the first starter in 72 years to beat the Sox at Fenway Park twice within a span of five days…the last to do it was Rip Collins for the St. Louis Browns in 1931... The Rays lost his first 5 starts, only the second time a team lost the first 5 starts of the season by a reigning Cy Young winner…the Twins lost Frank Viola's first 7 starts in 1989 while Viola went 0-5…Price was the first reigning Cy Young winner to go on the DL since CWS Jake Peavy in 2008... On April 2 vs. BAL (6-IP, 2-R in 7-4 loss), made his second career Opening Day start (also 2011)…became the fourth pitcher to start multiple Opening Days for the Rays, joining Wilson Alvarez (1998-99), Scott Kazmir (2006-07) and James Shields (2008-10, 2012). Has faced CC Sabathia nine times since 2009, most frequent matchup of any two starters in baseball in that span…Price is 6-1 with a 2.68 ERA (59.2-IP, 16-ER) while the Rays are 8-1…Price won their only matchup in 2013, Aug 24 at home (4-2).
TIEBREAKER: In the Game 163 tiebreaker at Texas, tossed a complete game in the 5-2 win…allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits in his 9 IP (118 pitches)…became the fifth pitcher to record a CG win in a one-game tiebreaker, joining NYM Al Leiter in 1989 (5-0 over Reds), SEA Randy Johnson in 1995 (9-1 over Angels), HOU Joe Niekro in 1980 (7-1 over Dodgers) and CLE Gene Bearden in 1948 (8-3 over Red Sox)…Price entered the game 1-7 with a 5.57 ERA (63-IP, 39-ER) in 11 career starts vs. Texas, including postseason…it was the only complete game thrown against the Rangers all season.
POSTSEASON: Made his fourth trip to the postseason and started Game 2 of the ALDS at Boston, suffering a 7-4 loss (7-IP, 9-H, 7-ER, 2-BB, 5-SO, 2-HR)…allowed a run in 5 different innings for the first time in his career…David Ortiz became the first lefty hitter ever to hit 2 HR off Price in a game.
Named the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner by the BBWAA...edged DET Justin Verlander 153-149 in the 7-4-3-2-1 scoring system...the four-pointdifferential was the closest of any election since BBWAA permitted voting for more than one pitcher in 1970. Price is the first No. 1 pick to win the Cy Young...only five pitchers have won the AL Cy Young and appeared in fewer career games than Price (125) at the time of their award: Barry Zito (2002, 84 career apps), Roger Clemens (1986, 69), Ron Guidry (1978, 83), Vida Blue (1971, 57) and Jim Lonborg (1967, 116)...For the second time in three years was named the Players Choice AL Outstanding Pitcher, voted on exclusively by the players...he also wonin 2010...In just his third full season, became the Rays first 20-game winner and the first Ray to lead the AL in wins (tied with LAA Jered Weaver) or ERA (club record 2.56)...ranked 2nd in the majors in ERA to LAD Clayton Kershaw (2.53)...became the first AL East pitcher since BOS Pedro Martinez in 2003 to lead the league in ERA...Reached 200 innings for the third straight year and 200 strikeouts for the 2nd straight year...According to a metric developed by SABRPresident Vince Gennaro, Price had the most difficult "Quality of Opponents" of any startingpitcher in the majors...taking his opponents inall 31 of his starts into consideration, he facedteams with the equivalent of a .742 OPS, comparedto the major league average of .724...Had 12 wins against teams who finished the season with a record of .500 or better, second in the majors to LAA Jered Weaver (13)...no other pitcher in baseball had more than nine such wins...Only four AL pitchers since 1980 have matched his numbers in wins (20), strikeouts (205) andERA (2.56): Roger Clemens (1986, 1990, 1997),Pedro Martinez (1999, 2002), Justin Verlander(2011) and Randy Johnson (1997)...only two ALlefties have matched those totals in the last 40years: Ron Guidry (1978) and Johnson (1997)....Turned 27 on Aug 26...in major league history only six other left-handed pitchers Price's age or younger have matched his combination of wins, strikeouts and ERA in a season-and only one other in the last 40 years: LAD Clayton Kershaw (2011), OAK Vida Blue (1971), CLE Herb Score (1956), DET Hal Newhouser (1945-46), NYG Rube Marquard (1911) and PHA RubeWaddell (1902-03)...Since joining the rotation on May 29, 2009, his 61 wins are 4th most in the majors behind DET Justin Verlander (73), NYY CC Sabathia (70) and LAA Jered Weaver (63)...His .800 winning pct. (20-5) tied LAA Jered Weaver (also 20-5) for the AL lead and set a club record, breaking his own .760 mark (19-6)in 2010...among all active pitchers with at least100 starts, his career .663 winning pct. (61-31) ranks 2nd to Roy Halladay (.666, 199-100)...Rays are 77-43 (.642) in his 110 career starts...Made 16 starts vs. the AL East, tied for the major league lead, and went 10-2 with a 2.51 ERA...allowed a combined seven HR in 399 AB to the Yankees, Orioles, Blue Jays and Red Sox, who ranked first, second, sixth and tied for 14th in the majors in home runs, respectively.His 33-11 (.750) lifetime record vs. the AL East currently ranks first since divisional play began in 1969 (min. 25 wins), just ahead of NYY Andy Pettitte (86-38, .694)...has a 2.89 career ERA vs. the AL East...is 17-3 lifetime in 29 starts in AL East road parks...Won a major-league-high 13 games on the road, seven fewer than the Houston Astros...in the last 40 years, only three AL pitchers have won more road games in a season: BAL Jim Palmer (14 in 1973), BAL Scott McGregor (14 in 1983) and DET Justin Verlander (14 in 2011)...is 25-7 on the road since July 24, 2010...his career road mark of 33-18 (.688) is the best among active pitchers (min. 25 wins)...In his final 18 starts he went 12-1 with a 2.26 ERA (127.1-IP, 95-H, 32-ER, 29-BB, 127-SO)...after the All-Star break, he went 9-1 with an AL-best 2.27 ERA...The Rays won all 5 of his September starts and he went 4-0...was also 4-0 in September 2010...he is 11-3 lifetime after Sept. 1...Finished the season with 205 SO, sixth most in the AL...joined James Shields (also 2011-12) as the only Rays pitchers ever to record 200 SOin consecutive seasons...they became only the seventh set of teammates to do it in consecutiveyears...According to PITCHf/x data, averaged 95.5 mph on his fastball, highest of any qualifying starter in the majors...Led the majors with 84 called strikeouts, 41 percent of his total strikeouts...PHI Cliff Lee finishedsecond with 79...His 23 starts of seven IP or more led the majors...totaled seven IP or more in 22 of his final 26 starts...Allowed 2 ER or less in 23 starts, most in the AL...has allowed two ER or less in 30 of his last 41 starts...allowed one ER or less in 11 of his final 23 starts...Compiled a 1.62 ERA (44.1-IP, 8-ER) in his six nodecisions...the Rays were shut out in three of his starts...he went 20-5 despite being one of only five pitchers since 1918 to have two no-decisions in games he pitched eight scoreless innings and allowed three hits or less...Limited opponents to a .318 slugging pct., lowest in the AL...Stranded 81.1 pct. of his base runners, second highest pct. in the majors behind teammateJeremy Hellickson (82.7)...Held left-handed hitters to a .205 average...during his career has held lefties to a .200 avg., fifth best among active pitchers (min. 500 AB) behind Carlos Marmol (.182), George Sherrill (.186), Clayton Kershaw (.191) and Jonathan Papelbon (.195)...Defeated CC Sabathia twice in 2012...the two have faced each other eight times and the Rays have won seven while Price is 5-1 with a 2.35 ERA (53.2-IP, 14-ER) in those games...eight of his 17 career starts vs. the Yankees have come against Sabathia...Over a 12-start span from June 19-Aug 21, set club-record streaks for wins (8), quality starts (12) and outings of seven IP or more (12)...In a 5-2 win on Sep 25 at BOS, he struck out 13 to become just the 2nd visiting pitcher since 1918 to pitch a CG at Fenway Park with at least 13 SO and no walks...the only other pitcher to do it was NYY Mike Mussina on Sept. 2, 2001, a one-hit, 1-0 win with 13 SO and zero BB...Set a new club record with 29.1 consecutive scoreless innings at Tropicana Field from July 14-Sep 20...in his final four starts at Tropicana Field, pitched to a 0.89 ERA (30.1-IP, 3-ER) but only went 1-0 in that stretch...the Rays only scored one run with him on the mound in his final 23.1 IP at home...Recorded five wins in June, tied for the major league lead...set new club record for June and matched Scott Kazmir (May 2008) for the clubrecord for any month...ALL-STAR GAME: Threw a scoreless third inning on just seven pitches in the 83rd All-Star Game in Kansas City on July 10...named to his third consecutive All-Star Team, joining Evan Longoria (2008-10) as the only Rays to be so honored in three straight seasons.
Made a career-high 34 starts, tied with 7 others for most in the majors...included was his first Opening Day start...Was selected by AL Manager Ron Washington to his 2nd All-Star Game but did not pitch due to a turf toe injury...Established career highs in innings pitched (224.1) and strikeouts (218)...became just the 3rd pitcher in Rays history to reach 200 SO in a season, joining Scott Kazmir (2007) and James Shields (2011), and the 3rd pitcher in Rays history to reach 220 IP in a season, joining Tanyon Sturtze (2002) and Shields (2011)...his 218 SO ranked 4th among major league lefties behind LAD Clayton Kershaw (248), PHI Cliff Lee (238) and NYY CC Sabathia (230)...Ranked 5th in the AL in strikeouts, 9th in innings pitched and 8th in opp avg. (.230)...held lefties to a .171 (36-for-210) avg., lowest among ML starters...lefties have hit .198 (102-for-514, 6-HR) off him in his career...among active starting pitchers (min. 75 starts), this ranks 3rd behind LAD Clayton Kershaw (.194) and LAA C.J. Wilson (.198)...Became one of only 10 pitchers in American League history to record 200 SO, 200 IP and a sub-3.50 ERA and finish with a losing record...the list includes Hall of Famers Nolan Ryan (1978), Cy Young (1905), Jim Bunning (1960), Ed Walsh (1910) and Bert Blyleven (1976)...only one other pitcher has done that in the last 30 years: NYY Melido Perez in 1992...only one AL pitcher in the last 10 years has recorded 200 SO and 200 IP and finished with a losing record: CWS Javier Vazquez in 2008...only two qualifying AL pitchers in 2011 had a losing record with a lower ERA: SEA/DET Doug Fister (2.83, 11-13) and LAA Ervin Santana (3.38, 11-12)...was the lowest ERA in club history by a pitcher with a losing record...Still owns the 2nd-best career winning pct. in club history (.612, 41-26) behind Jeff Niemann (.623, 38-23)...since joining the starting rotation on May 25, 2009, his 41 wins are tied with PHI Cliff Lee for 3rd among major league lefties behind NYY CC Sabathia (55) and BOS Jon Lester (46)...Pitched 8 or more innings 9 times but was the only Rays regular starter without a complete game...only one pitcher in AL history has thrown as many innings and not had a complete game: OAK Barry Zito (228.1) in 2005...Was one of 12 AL starters in 2011 to receive less than 4 runs per game of run support...Price (3.93 runs per game) and teammate James Shields (3.75) had the lowest run support among AL East starters...the Rays scored one run or less in 9 of his starts...On Aug 28 at TOR, set a career high and club record with 14 strikeouts in a 12-0 win...was winless the remainder of the season going 0-2 in 6 September starts with a 4.01 ERA (33.2-IP, 30-H, 20-R, 15-ER, 16-BB, 34-SO)...allowed 3 runs or less in 5 of the 6 starts and was tagged with 5 unearned runs...had never gone more than 4 straight starts without a win...held a lead in 4 of the 6 starts...was 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in September 2010...His 14 strikeouts eclipsed the previous mark 13 shared by James Shields and Scott Kazmir...14 SO tied for the most ever in a game against the Jays at SkyDome/Rogers Centre...followed that up with an 11-strikeout performance in a 3-2 loss on Sep 2 at BAL...25 strikeouts in consecutive games games were the most by a major league pitcher in 2011 and the Rays club mark for strikeouts in consecutive games...Had 6 double-digit strikeout games, tied with TEX C.J. Wilson for 2nd most in the AL after SEA Felix Hernandez (7)...tied Scott Kazmir's club record for a single season (6 in 2007)...had 3 in his career entering this season...Has allowed 6 career home runs to left-handed hitters, 5 coming in 2011...allowed a 3-run home run to Curtis Granderson on May 16 vs. NYY, the first HR he allowed to a lefty since June 23, 2009 to Chase Utley, a streak of 310 AB without one...Lowered his walks per 9 innings from 3.4 in 2010 to 2.5 in 2011...opponents hit .270 (47-for-174) off him with RISP and .219 the rest of the time...they hit only .187 (31-for-166) with RISP in 2010, 2nd lowest in the AL...Is 23-9 lifetime in 42 starts against the AL East with a 2.92 ERA (280.2-IP, 91-ER)...is 10-1 in AL East ballparks...Went 8-4 on the road and is 12-4 on the road since July 24, 2010...snapped the Indians 14-game home win streak with an 8-2 win on May 11...Defeated CC Sabathia, 5-1, on Aug 12 at NYY...he has made 5 starts against the Yankee southpaw and is 3-0 (1.56, 34.2-IP, 6-ER) while the Rays have won all 5 games...in 8 career regular season starts against former Cy Young winners is 5-0 with a 1.69 ERA (53.1-IP, 10-ER) while the Rays have won all 8 games (5 vs. Sabathia, 2 vs. Roy Halladay, 1 vs. Cliff Lee)...he did lose twice to Lee in the 2010 ALDS...Permitted Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit on July 9 at NYY, a solo home run in the 3rd inning of a 5-4 loss...Became the 13th pitcher in major league history to make an Opening Day start, All-Star Game start and postseason start all by the age of 25...he was the first to do so since ATL Tom Glavine, 20 years ago...the others: NYM Dwight Gooden,KC Bret Saberhagen, BOS Roger Clemens, LAD Fernando Valenzuela, OAK Vida Blue, NYM Tom Seaver, DET Denny McLain, LAD Don Drysdale, NYY Whitey Ford, PHI Robin Roberts and NYY Lefty Gomez...POSTSEASON: Started Game 3 of the ALDS vs. Texas and lost 4-3 to Colby Lewis...his line: 6.2 IP, 7 H, 3 R/ER, 1 BB, 3 SO...took a 1-0 lead into the 7th inning but permitted a 2-run homer to Mike Napoli...fell to 0-3 in 3 postseason starts vs. Texas, with all 3 losses coming at Tropicana Field...Rays have scored 5 runs total in those games...he has struck out 17 and walked one in the 3 games.
Began the year as the Rays No. 4 starter andwent on to finish 2nd in the AL Cy Young votingwhile winning 19 games, the most by a majorleague pitcher in his first full season since2002 when HOU Roy Oswalt won 19 games ... was also the youngest pitcher to start an All-Star Game since Dwight Gooden in 1986. ... Led the majors with a .760 winning pct. (min.162 IP) ... he is 29-13 over the last two seasons(.690), 6th best in the majors (min. 25 dec.)over that span ... he is 22-6 with a 2.80 ERA(234.1-IP, 73-ER) in his last 36 games (35starts) since Sep 14, 2009. ... Set club records in wins (19), ERA (2.72), oppavg. (.221), quality starts (25) and winning pct.(.760). ... Was the only pitcher to rank in the top five inthe AL in wins, winning pct., ERA, opp avg.and quality starts. ... Only six lefthanders all-time have matched hisnumbers for wins, ERA and strikeouts in oneseason at his age or younger: DET Frank Tanana(1976), OAK Vida Blue (1971), CLE HerbScore (1956), DET Hal Newhouser (1945), NYGRube Marquard (1911) and CIN Noodles Hahn(1901). ... Became the youngest lefty to win 19 gamessince FLA Dontrelle Willis (age 22) won 22 in2005 ... was the youngest AL lefty to win 19since 2002, when OAK Barry Zito (age 24) won23 and CWS Mark Buehrle (age 23) won 19. ... His 2.72 ERA was the lowest among AL leftiesand 2nd among major league southpawsbehind STL Jaime Garcia (2.70). ... Allowed 3 runs or less in 27 of his 31 starts ... inthe last 20 years, only three AL pitchers havehad more starts of 3 runs or less in one season:KC Kevin Appier (31) in 1993, CWS EstebanLoaiza (28) in 2003 and SEA Felix Hernandez(28) in 2010. ... Allowed 3 ER or less in 28 of 31 starts and 43of 54 in his career. ... The Rays were 23-8 (.742) in games Pricestarted by Price ... they are 38-17 (.691) in his55 career starts. ... Went 8-1 in 13 starts following a Rays loss ... 14of his starts came with first place at stake(Rays were ether tied for first, or no more thana game ahead or behind) ... Rays were 10-4and he was 7-3 in those games. ... Recorded 12 wins against teams that finishedthe season with a winning record, tied withBOS Jon Lester for the most in the majors ... 17of his starts came against pitchers that finishedwith 10-plus wins and a winning record. ... In 7 career regular-season starts against formerCy Young winners, is 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA(45.1-IP, 9-ER) while the Rays have won all 7games (4 vs.CC Sabathia, 2 vs. Roy Halladay,1 vs. Cliff Lee). ... His .187 opp avg. (31-for-166) with RISP was2nd lowest in the AL after BOS Clay Buchholz(.161). ... Went 9-2 with a 1.96 ERA at home in 16 starts,2nd best home ERA in the AL ... the 9 wins tiedthe club record for most victories at home(James Shields, 2008) ... all 16 were qualitystarts ... finished the year with a streak of 18consecutive quality starts at home datingback to Sep 3, 2009 vs. BOS, a 6-3 loss ... careerat Tropicana Field is 17-5 with a 2.32 ERA,best record and ERA all-time in the dome ... is12-8 with a 4.45 ERA on the road in his career. ... Did not allow a home run to a left-handed hitterin 175 at-bats and held lefties to a .213 average ... in his career has held lefties to a .218avg. (66-for-304) with only 1 home run (PHIChase Utley on June 23, 2009) ... lefties havenot homered in their last 253 at-bats off Pricesince the Utley homer. ... Went 10-2 with a 2.12 ERA (93.1-IP, 22-ER)against AL East teams ... is 16-3 with a 2.67ERA (161.2-IP, 48-ER) lifetime vs. the ALEast ... his .842 career winning pct. vs. the Eastis the best all-time (Min. 10 decisions) since divisionalplay began in 1969. ... Walked 79 batters, 6th most in the AL, but didnot walk a batter in his final 21.2 innings of theregular season and postseason. ... Received the Warren Spahn Award as the bestleft-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball,based on a combination of wins, strikeoutsand ERA ... accepted the award at a ceremonyin Oklahoma City in January 2011. ... Made his 50th career start on Sep 1 vs. TOR ... since 1952, only seven other pitchers havereached his totals in wins (26), ERA (3.53)and strikeouts (266) through 50 starts: RoyOswalt (2001-02), Roger Clemens (1984-86),Dwight Gooden (1984-85), Fernando Valenzuela(1981-82), Ron Guidry (1975-78), Vida Blue(1969-72) and Gary Peters (1963-64). ... Set the club record for wins in a season withhis 15th on Aug 9 vs. DET, breaking the clubrecord shared by James Shields (2008), EdwinJackson (2008) and Rolando Arrojo (1998). ... Went 4-0 with a 1.67 ERA in September (2ndin AL), setting September club records in winsand ERA ... became the second Ray to earna Pitcher of the Month honor, joining ScottKazmir (May 2008) ... capped the month witha 5-0 win Sep 28 vs. BAL, pitching 8 scorelessinnings as the Rays clinched their secondpostseason appearance ... went 4-1 with a2.18 ERA in June and 3-1, 2.20 in April. ... On Sep 13 he and Sabathia each threw 8scoreless innings (Price allowed 3 hits, Sabathia2 hits) in a 1-0, 11-inning win ... it wasthe second time in less than a year he deniedSabathia his 20th win (also Oct 2, 2009 athome) ... the two faced off again Sep 23 at NYYwith Price getting his 18th victory ... has facedSabathia three times over the last two years,with the Rays winning all 3 games. ... Is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA (50.2-IP, 35-H, 19-ER)in 8 career games (7 starts) vs. the Yankees ... has held New York to a .191 avg. in his career,lowest of any active pitcher (min. 50-IP), lowestof anyone since Sparky Lyle (.167 from1967-80) and 7th lowest all-time. ... Threw his first career complete game, a 4-hitshutout, on April 24 vs. TOR ... is 6-0 lifetimeagainst the Jays and the Rays have won all 7of his starts. ... Opponents were 0-for-13 with the bases loaded ... only SF Santiago Casilla (0-for-14) wasbetter in 2010.
Twenty-four-year-old rookie made 23 startsafter his promotion from Triple-A Durham onMay 25...Rays were 14-9 in his starts...He and Jeff Niemann became just the 4th setof AL rookie teammates since 1980 to finishover .500 with 10+ wins...they joined SEAFreddy Garcia and John Halama in 1999, TORMike Timlin and Juan Guzman in 1991 andCWS Britt Burns and Rich Dotson in 1980...Was 2nd among major league rookies (min. 20starts) with a .241 opp avg. ...only ATL TommyHanson (.225) was better...would have finished5th overall in the AL, but lacked enoughinnings to qualify...his 7.15 SO/9 IP ranked 4thamong ML rookies...Starting July 31, he went 7-3 with a 3.58 ERA(75.1-IP, 61-H, 30-ER) over his final 12 starts ofthe season...held opponents to a .217 battingaverage, 5th best in the AL over that span...His 7 wins after the All-Star break led the staff...Was 3-0 in his last 4 starts including wins overTOR Roy Halladay and NYY CC Sabathia...Defeated Sabathia 13-4 (7-IP, 2-H, 1-ER, 2-BB,5-SO) in his final start, Oct 2 at home, denyingthe Yankee lefty in his bid for 20 wins...2 startsprior he beat Halladay, 3-1, on Sep 20 (6.2-IP,3-H, 1-R/ER)...was his 2nd win over Halladay(also July 9), joining Niemann as the only rookiesever to beat Halladay twice in one season...Won Sep 14 at BAL to stop the Rays 11-gamelosing streak...Was 8-3 with a 2.93 ERA (70.2-IP, 23-ER) athome, compared to 2-4, 6.24 on the road...won 5 consecutive home starts June 28-Aug 18 tying the club record also held by AndySonnanstine and Victor Zambrano.Allowed 2 ER or fewer .. in 13 of his 23 starts...Has allowed only one HR to a left-handed hitterin his career (PHI Chase Utley on June 23)in 129 at-bats...lefties have hit .225 (29-129)off him during his career...Was 6-1 in 10 starts against the AL East with a3.59 ERA (57.2-IP, 23-ER)...His 17.8 pitches per inning would have beenthe highest average in the AL, but he lackedenough innings to qualify...Allowed only 24 walks in his last 15 starts(90.1-IP) from July 9, after issuing 30 BB in hisfirst 8 starts (38)...In 3 starts against the Yankees he held themto a .113 batting average, lowest by a pitcher(min. 50 batters faced) since CLE Tom Candiottiin 1990 and the lowest by a rookie in thelast 55 years...was 1-0 and his 1.93 ERA (18.2-IP, 4-ER) was the lowest in the majors againstthe Yankees and the lowest by a rookie sinceCWS Bill Long (1.13) in 1987...Started the biggest comeback in Rays history(July 25 at TOR, when the Rays won 10-9 aftertrailing 8-0) and the biggest blown lead in Rayshistory (May 25 at CLE)...earned no decisionin the 11-10 loss...after offense provided himwith a 10-0 lead, he allowed a 2-run HR toRyan Garko in the 4th before he was removedwith a 10-2 lead...Entering the season was rated the No. 2 overallprospect in baseball (behind BAL Matt Wieters)by Baseball America, and the top pitchingprospect...On May 30 vs. Central Division champion Minnesotahe struck out 11 batters in 5.2 inningsearning a 5-2 win, his first career regular-seasonvictory...came in his first career start atTropicana Field...In his first 3 major league starts, he averaged12.6 SO/9 IP (14.1-IP, 20-SO) highest by anypitcher since CHC Mark Prior posted the samenumbers in 2000 (min. 12 IP)...On Aug 29 at DET, beat Nate Robertson inthe longest outing of his career (7.1 IP)...5 H,1 R/ER, 1 BB, 4 SO...held Detroit scorelessthrough 7 innings, with the lone run scoringafter he was replaced by Dan Wheeler...wasthe first road victory of his career...Singled off Aaron Cook on June 17 at COL forhis first major league hit...While at Durham, he did not pitch more than5 innings or 82 pitches in any of his 8 startsfor the Bulls...in his last minor league outing,May 17 vs. Rochester (Twins), he threw 5 nohit,shutout innings (2-BB, 9-SO).
The top overall pick in the 2007 June Draftmade the jump from A-ball to the majors inhis first professional season, making his bigleague debut less than 4 months after his firstouting as a pro...spent time with Vero Beach(A), Montgomery (AA) and Durham (AAA) beforehis recall on Sep 13 as the Bulls completedtheir postseason run...turned 23 on Aug 26.Made 1 start and 4 relief appearances for theRays after his call-up, going 0-0 with a 1.93ERA (14.0-IP, 9-H, 4-R, 3-ER, 4-BB, 12-SO).Combining all four of his stops plus postseasonnumbers with Tampa Bay and Durham,went 14-1 with 1 save and a 2.31 ERA (140.1-IP,113-H, 40-R, 36-ER, 44-BB, 144-SO) over 31games (22 starts).Made his major league debut Sep 14 at YankeeStadium, entering in relief of Edwin Jackson tobegin the 3rd inning...totaled 5.1-IP, 3-H, 2-R/ER, 0-BB, 4-SO, 87-pit, 55-str...among his4-SO were A-Rod and Jason Giambi...retiredthe side in order on 7 pitches in his first inningof work (Xavier Nady, Robinson Cano, IvanRodriguez)...retired his first 6 batters faced,until Derek Jeter's 5th-inning homer, whichtied Lou Gehrig (1,269 hits) for most hits alltimeat Yankee Stadium.Made his first Tropicana Field appearanceon Sep 18 vs. MIN, with 2 men on base in the7th...allowed a 2-run single to Joe Mauer beforestriking out lefties Justin Morneau andJason Kubel.Made his first major league start on Sep 22 atBAL...did not allow a hit until the 5th inning,but was matched by O's starter Brian Bass,who was pulled after 4.2 hitless innings...tossed 5.1 innings and was charged with 2-R(1-ER) on 4-H and 3-BB...struck out 3.Made his final appearance of the year Sep 28at Detroit, tossing a scoreless 1.2 (1-H, 2-SO).After the season, was named the Rays No. 1prospect by Baseball America, the No. 1 prospectin all of baseball by MiLB.com, and theNo. 2 prospect in the game by ESPN.com.Was named 2008 Minor League Player of theYear by USA Today, chosen by the publication'sstaff and by fans online...past winnersinclude current Rays Matt Garza (2006) andGabe Kapler (1998) and former Rays JoshHamilton (2000), Cliff Floyd (1993) and TinoMartinez (1990).Honored as the Rays Minor League Pitcherof the Year...combined to go 12-1 with a 2.30ERA in 19 starts between 3 minor league levels...totaled 109.2-IP, 92-H, 7-HR, 32-BB,109-SO, .228 opp avg.Went 11-0 in 15 starts over his first 2 stopsbefore losing his first start with DurhamAug 13 vs. Norfolk (Orioles)...ranked 3rd in theRays minor league system with 12 wins.Made 2 relief apps for the Rays during SpringTraining, totaling 2.0 scoreless, hitless innings...made his debut March 8 at LegendsField against the Yankees...hit the first batterand struck out the next 3 in order, earning astanding ovation...on March 20, left a springstart at the Blue Jays minor league complexin Dunedin with what was later diagnosed as amild strain of his left elbow, forcing him to theDL...was sidelined until May.Made first start on May 22 for Vero, and beganhis pro career with 20.0 consecutive scorelessIP...did not allow a run over his first 3 starts.Beat Pedro Martinez (on rehab assignmentfor the Mets) at Port St. Lucie in his 2nd prostart, May 28 (6.0-IP, 2-H, 0-R, 0-BB, 9-SO)...after the game Martinez told MLB.com, "He'samazing. That kid is very mature for his time in[the pros], and very talented. ... At that age, Idon't think I was like that. He seems far superior.... God bless him and keep him healthy."Went 1-0, 3.27 (11.0-IP, 10-H, 4-R/ER, 4-BB,15-SO) for Durham in the IL playoffs...in Game1 of the Gov. Cup finals Sep 9 at SWB, earnedND (6.0-IP, 7-H, 4-R/ER, 1-BB, 9-SO) in an 8-7loss...it was his last minor league outing beforehis call-up...won Game 1 of the Gov. Cupsemis, 3-0, on Sep 3 at LOU (5.0-IP, 3-H, 0-R,3-BB, 6-SO).
POSTSEASON EXPERIENCEThe rookie made 5 relief outings in the 2008postseason and was on the mound when theRays captured the AL pennant...combined togo 1-0 with a save and a 1.59 ERA (5.2-IP, 2-H,2-R, 1-ER, 4-BB, 8-SO)...held opponents to a.100 average...finished each of the 5 games inwhich he appeared.Became the quickest top overall June Draft selection(No. 1 in 2007) to play in the World Series...surpassed ATL Chipper Jones (draftedin 1990, Series in 1995) and LAD Tim Belcher(drafted in 1983, Series in 1988).During the ALCS, recorded his first win (Game2) and save (Game 7) at the major league level...in Game 7, got the final 4 outs (3 via strikeout)for his first big league save...entered in the8th inning with 2 outs and bases loaded andstruck out J.D. Drew...Jed Lowrie bouncedinto an unassisted fielder's choice forceout at2B for the final out in the 9th.Became the 3rd rookie pitcher to record a winand a save in the same postseason series,joining STL Adam Wainwright (2006 World Series)and CIN Rawly Eastwick (1975 NLCS andWorld Series)...was the first rookie to record apostseason save after entering the game in abases-loaded situation...became the 4th majorleague pitcher all-time to win a postseasongame before his first regular-season victory,and the 9th pitcher to record a postseasonsave before a regular-season save.Pitched in Game 2 and Game 5 of the WorldSeries...worked the final 2.1 frames in Game2 and yielded a solo HR to Eric Bruntlett, butstruck out Ryan Howard and Chase Utley...tossed a scoreless, hitless frame in Game 5with two strikeouts.
Selected No. 1 overall in the June Draft...Signed by TB on 8/15, but did not pitch in a game. Attended TB's instructional league camp in September while taking a break from classes at Vanderbilt.