Price moved up, will face Yankees next week

Price moved up, will face Yankees next week

ST. PETERSBURG -- David Price will now pitch in next week's four-game series against the Yankees.

Prior to Wednesday night's game, the Rays announced that they would be taking advantage of Thursday's off-day by moving Price up a day. He will now pitch in Saturday's game against the Angels rather than on Sunday.

To accommodate the move, Jeff Niemann will be moved back a day and will start Sunday's game. Making the move allows Price -- who threw eight shutout innings against the Yankees on Monday night -- to start against the Yankees in New York on Sept. 23.

The Rays told Price about the move several days ago.

"They said it was a possibility," Price said. "I'll work out at my place in Tampa [on Thursday] and be ready to go. [I'll] play catch."

Price said he was happy about the move.

"I get to face New York again, it's fun," Price said. "I'll have a good time -- have another go-around in New York. The last time wasn't so hot. So that will be good."

In his first start of the second half on July 18, Price allowed seven runs in five innings in a 9-5 loss at Yankee Stadium.

Price smiled when asked if he would have been disappointed not to pitch in the series against the Yankees.

"You're really never disappointed when you miss the Yankees," Price said. "It's fun to pitch against the Yankees, but if you didn't have to throw against them, you probably wouldn't be too upset about it."