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    PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) - David Price felt fine on the mound - his activity off it was the problem.

    Price left Tampa Bay Rays' 8-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Thursday with minor neck spasms sustained while he was drying his neck with a towel between innings.

    "It's happened to me two times before," Price explained. "The towel just catches the back of my head and it pulls my neck forward. I just felt it a little bit in back of my neck and just wanted to be cautious with it."

    Price gave up two scoreless innings for the Rays in his second spring start, giving up three hits with a walk and a strikeout. He was slated to pitch a third inning.

    Price and Rays manager Joe Maddon said it won't be a setback and that Price should be fine within a few days.

    "I felt all right," Price said of his outing. "That's the best I've felt all spring training, body-wise, arm-wise. I didn't feel any soreness, any stiffness anywhere, so that was good."

    Doug Fister was sharp for the Tigers, pitching three scoreless innings, Delmon Young hit a three-run homer and Miguel Cabrera added three big hits for the Tigers.

    Detroit manager Jim Leyland credits the early offensive prowess to the amount of batting practice against pitchers they saw early in camp.

    "That makes a difference," Leyland said.

    Young, who took Rays reliever Cesar Ramos deep in the third inning, said that while the team is feeding off of Prince Fielder and Cabrera, pitchers aren't using their full assortment of pitches yet.

    "You could see with Price and (Jeremy) Hellickson, they're just throwing fastballs right now," said Young. "They weren't mixing their breaking balls or anything. Then when the season comes around and they start mixing it up and when the lights come on, then you see the real hitters."

    Cabrera barely missed a home run with one out in the top of the third inning when he launched a ball off the top of the left-center field wall.

    "That's OK," Cabrera said. "Big doubles."

    The slugger went on to steal third base on his own before Young homered.

    The Rays, still without Evan Longoria and Luke Scott, only mustered three hits.

    "They're a pretty good ballclub and we didn't have any offensive momentum to keep us in the game," Maddon said. "We didn't hit. They hit."

    Hellickson pitched two innings for the Rays, giving up three runs on four hits and striking out two. The right-hander was sharp in the fifth inning but was roughed around by the Tigers in the sixth.

    The reigning AL Rookie of the Year said he was more worried about throwing strikes and working on his pitches than the results.

    "It's nice to go out there and do a little better than I did, but I felt good," Hellickson said of his outing.

    NOTES: Rays 3B Evan Longoria (hand) took swings in a batting cage Thursday, but must take batting practice a few more times before playing in a game. ... Rays LF Sam Fuld (wrist) will play Friday. ... Rays DH Scott (shoulder) will not play Friday. ... Rays LHP Matt Moore (lower abdominal strain) threw batting practice to Scott and Fuld and will pitch Tuesday. ... Tigers SS Ramon Santiago had three hits on Thursday. ... Cabrera said he's not worried about the lack of groundballs hit his way thus far.

     
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    Detroit Tigers
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Ramon Santiago, SS6230002 .364
    Brennan Boesch, RF4011000 .188
        Avisail Garcia, RF1000012 .200
    Miguel Cabrera, 3B4131000 .286
        Audy Ciriaco, PR-3B10120001.000
    Alex Avila, DH4100135 .125
    Delmon Young, LF3113002 .444
        Quintin Berry, CF1000110 .500
    Ryan Raburn, 2B2000010 .429
        Danny Worth, 2B2010110 .333
    Clete Thomas, CF-LF5010014 .214
    Ryan Strieby, 1B4120111 .444
    James McCann, C2111102 .500
       a- Patrick Leyland, PH-C2110000 .333
    Totals41815859  
    a-singled for McCann in the 8th
    Batting
    2B - Ramon Santiago 2 (2, Hellickson, Howell), Miguel Cabrera (1, Ramos), Ryan Strieby (1, Hellickson)
    HR - Delmon Young (2, Ramos)
    RBI - Brennan Boesch (3), Miguel Cabrera (2), Audy Ciriaco 2 (2), Delmon Young 3 (5), James McCann (1)
    SB - Miguel Cabrera (1, 3rd base off Ramos/Lobaton)
    CS - Audy Ciriaco (1, 2nd base by Hellickson/Lobaton)
    Team LOB - 11
    Fielding
    E - Ryan Raburn (1, Throwing), Ramon Santiago (1, Throwing)
    Detroit Tigers
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    Doug Fister (W,2-0) 3100000 0.00
    Duane Below (H,2) 1211000 3.00
    Jose Ortega (H,2) 1000100 0.00
    Phil Coke (H,2) 1000010 3.00
    Darin Downs (H,2) 1000020 9.00
    Chris Bootcheck (H,3) 1000110 0.00
    Robbie Weinhardt 1000000 0.00
    HBP - Zobrist (by Doug Fister)
    WP - Jose Ortega (1), Chris Bootcheck (1)
    Pitches-Strikes - Doug Fister 13-12, Duane Below 5-5, Jose Ortega 8-3, Phil Coke 5-5, Darin Downs 7-7, Chris Bootcheck 10-5, Robbie Weinhardt 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Doug Fister 7-4, Duane Below 1-2, Jose Ortega 2-1, Phil Coke 1-1, Darin Downs 1-0, Robbie Weinhardt 2-1
    Batters Faced - Doug Fister 13, Duane Below 5, Jose Ortega 4, Phil Coke 3, Darin Downs 3, Chris Bootcheck 4, Robbie Weinhardt 3
    Tampa Bay Rays
    HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
    Reid Brignac, SS3010110 .333
        Shawn O'MAlley, SS0000000 .000
    B.J. Upton, CF3000003 .200
        Jeff Salazar, CF0000100 .375
    Ben Zobrist, 2B2000002 .125
        Tyler Bortnick, 2B1000001 .000
    Matt Joyce, RF3000004 .231
        Todd Glaesmann, RF1000001 .000
    Jeff Keppinger, 1B3110002 .300
        Michael Sheridan, 1B1000011 .000
    Jose Lobaton, C3000001 .222
        Robinson Chirinos, C1000000 .250
    Matt Mangini, DH3011010 .250
       a- Craig Albernaz, PH-DH1000000 .000
    Brandon Guyer, LF3000011 .091
        Omar Luna, 3B1000000 .000
    Will Rhymes, 3B3000002 .091
        Leslie Anderson, LF0000000 .000
    Totals3213124  
    a-grounded out for Mangini in the 9th
    Batting
    2B - Jeff Keppinger (1, Below)
    RBI - Matt Mangini (1)
    Team LOB - 7
    Fielding
    DP - Lobaton-Brignac
    Tampa Bay Rays
    PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
    David Price 2300110 0.00
    Cesar Ramos (L,0-1) 1333211 13.50
    Fernando Rodney 1100000 4.50
    Jeremy Hellickson 2433020 6.75
    Joel Peralta 1100020 0.00
    J.P. Howell 1322230 9.00
    Albert Suarez 1000000 6.00
    Pitches-Strikes - David Price 15-11, Cesar Ramos 19-9, Fernando Rodney 4-4, Jeremy Hellickson 13-13, Joel Peralta 8-8, J.P. Howell 20-12, Albert Suarez 3-3
    Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 4-1, Cesar Ramos 2-0, Fernando Rodney 3-0, Jeremy Hellickson 1-2, Albert Suarez 2-1
    Batters Faced - David Price 10, Cesar Ramos 8, Fernando Rodney 4, Jeremy Hellickson 9, Joel Peralta 4, J.P. Howell 8, Albert Suarez 3
    Game Information
    Attendance - 6926
    Game Time - 3:04
    Temperature - 83
    Umpires - Home - Brian O'Nora, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Paul Emmel