After cruising through the first six innings against the Angels, Price walked a batter and gave up an infield hit before Juan Rivera hit a three-run homer to center field. Suddenly, the tables had been reversed to where the Angels led, 3-2. The Rays ended up winning the game, 4-3, but Rivera's long ball served up a reminder to Price, who noted that he fully understands how good Major League players are.
"Absolutely," Price said. "I remember last year, 2009, probably the game that I felt the absolute best all year, I could throw my fastball where I wanted to, throw my breaking pitches for strikes. And I had good velocity -- it was against the Phillies. And I gave up six runs in the first and I think I gave up 10 on the day, and that was on a day where I felt my absolute best. [On Saturday], it was just one pitch."