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Tampa Bay at Colorado

Venue: Coors Field
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Starting for the first time since his feud with umpire Tom Hallion, David Price insists he's only focused on pitching the Tampa Bay Rays past the Colorado Rockies on Saturday night.

The left-hander won't have to worry about Hallion behind the plate this time and doesn't believe the crew working the series will have any hard feelings as Tampa Bay tries for its second win in a row at Coors Field.

"I don't think umpires hold grudges," Price said before a 7-4, 10-inning victory over the Rockies on Friday. "If something happened directly to that umpire, maybe. I don't know. I don't think so."

The AL Cy Young Award winner accused Hallion of directing a profanity toward him when the two exchanged words after the seventh inning during an 8-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Sunday. After the game, the plate umpire called Price a "liar."

Major League Baseball fined Hallion and Price as well as Tampa Bay pitchers Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore for their roles in the incident, and manager Joe Maddon has called the matter closed.

"It's about moving on," Maddon said. "It's about focusing on your team, your team doing well and not really worrying about the other stuff."

Price (1-2, 5.21 ERA) will try to build off his first victory, having recorded a season-best nine strikeouts and allowing three runs over seven innings against the White Sox.

In his only career start against the Rockies (17-12), Price yielded five runs and 10 hits over seven innings in a 5-3 loss at Coors Field on June 17, 2009. He laced a single in his first major league at-bat in that contest, but he's since gone 1 for 17 at the plate.

While Price now faces a team that leads the majors with a .284 batting average, it's uncertain whether he'll have to contend with two of Colorado's top hitters - Dexter Fowler and Troy Tulowitzki.

Fowler, batting .310 with a team-high eight homers, left Friday's game in the fourth inning after hurting his right hip flexor but hopes to play Saturday.

"I just landed weird. It's fine," he said. "It just tightened up on me. I knew it wasn't that serious."

Tulowitzki went 2 for 4 with two RBIs on Wednesday after missing two games with a shoulder injury, but the All-Star shortstop was out again Friday due to what he described as "heavy" legs.

Tulowitzki, intentionally walked as a pinch hitter in the eighth, is hitting .317 with six homers and a team-leading 24 RBIs.

"I'm thinking one game," manager Walt Weiss said. "Don't know for sure. Just one of those precautionary things. Just some soreness in his legs. Nothing major."

With Tulowitzki out of the lineup, Michael Cuddyer slid into the cleanup spot Friday and delivered a two-run homer. Cuddyer is batting .381 with four homers and 11 RBIs at home, but he's 1 for 12 with six strikeouts against Price.

Colorado counters with right-hander Jon Garland (2-2, 4.65), who looks to bounce back after allowing 10 runs and 18 hits over 12 innings in consecutive losses.

He's 5-2 with a 3.27 ERA in 11 career starts against the Rays (13-15), though he hasn't faced them since 2008.

Garland will try to cool off Evan Longoria, batting .400 with five extra-base hits and five RBIs during the Rays' 3-4 road swing. He had the go-ahead, RBI single in the 10th inning Friday.

The Rockies have lost 11 straight versus AL teams at Coors Field.

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Probable Starters

David Price, LHP
2013 stats
38.0 Innings Pitched 31.0
1-2 Wins-Losses 2-2
5.21 Earned Run Average 4.65
9 Walks 9
35 Strikeouts 15
101 Pitches Per Start 84
Career vs. opponent
7.0 Innings Pitched 74.1
0-1 Wins-Losses 5-2
6.43 Earned Run Average 3.27

Jon Garland, RHP
Weather
weather image  Showers late. High level clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
55°F32°F9mph/NE43%23%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Tampa Bay5th AL East5574.42618 ½ 5-5 W 1
Colorado3rd NL West6268.477115-5 W 2
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Jon Garland
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Molina63000.500
Scott136220.462
Roberts62002.333
Escobar72100.286
Loney143013.214
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs David Price
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Fowler42000.500
Tulowitzki31101.333
Torrealba122001.167
Cuddyer121106.083
Betancourt000000
 

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Tampa Bay -140 Colorado 130
Injuries
Tampa Bay
PlayerInjury
R. BrettElbow
A. CobbElbow
D. FloroArm
L. FoxFoot
D. JenningsKnee
B. KochArm
J. O'ConnerUndisclosed
B. SnellLower Leg
J. VentersElbow
Colorado
PlayerInjury
T. ChatwoodBack
J. DiazElbow
J. MillerOblique
J. MotteShoulder
S. ObergArm
M. ReynoldsHand
T. StoryThumb
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Apr 22COLCOL 7-5Qualls Hatcher 
Apr 23COLLAD 4-1Maeda Chatwood 
Apr 24COLLAD 12-10Blanton McGee 
Jun 6LADCOL 6-1Chatwood Bolsinger 
Jun 7LADLAD 4-3Jansen Estevez 
Jun 8LADCOL 1-0Rusin Maeda 
Jul 1LADLAD 5-0Norris De La Rosa 
Jul 2LADLAD 6-1Kazmir Bettis 
Jul 3LADLAD 4-1McCarthy Gray 
Aug 2COLCOL 7-3Gray McCarthy 
Aug 3COLCOL 12-2Anderson Stewart 
Aug 4COLLAD 4-2Maeda Chatwood 
Aug 29COL 8:40 PM EDT  
Aug 30COL 8:40 PM EDT  
Aug 31COL 3:10 PM EDT  
Sep 22LAD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 23LAD10:10 PM EDT  
Sep 24LAD 9:10 PM EDT  
Sep 25LAD 4:10 PM EDT