Tidbits from Rays' Game 1

Tidbits from Rays' Game 1

ST. PETERSBURG -- Notes and quotes from the Game 1 of the American League Division Series versus the Rangers:

• Chad Qualls and Grant Balfour combined to toss 2 1/3 innings of shutout ball in Wednesday's 5-1 loss to Texas. Dating back to the regular season, the Rays' bullpen has thrown 23 consecutive scoreless innings. The last run scored against the 'pen came via an RBI single by Baltimore's Luke Scott on Sept. 27.


• Ben Zobrist hit his first career postseason home run, putting the Rays on the board with an opposite-field shot in the seventh inning. He had both of the Rays' extra-base hits, with a double in the second inning.

• In falling to Cliff Lee, David Price lost for the first time against a former Cy Young Award winner. In seven career regular-season starts against former Cy Young winners, Price was 4-0 with a 1.79 ERA, while the Rays had won all seven games (four versus CC Sabathia, two versus Roy Halladay and one versus Lee).

• Price graces the cover of this week's Oct. 11, 2010, issue of Sports Illustrated with the billing "Octoberfest: David Price Ready for Some Fun." Price is the first Tampa Bay Rays player to appear on the cover all by himself. Previous Rays include a cartoon rendering of Carl Crawford with Derek Jeter (May 26, 2008) and a World Series cover for Rocco Baldelli alongside Carlos Ruiz of the Phillies (Nov. 3, 2008).

• Chuck LaMar is the assistant general manager of player development and scouting for the Phillies, which has led him to keep a constant vigil following the Rays lately. The original Rays GM was in the stands Wednesday scouting the Rangers and Rays in the event the Phillies play either in the World Series.

• Rays closer Rafael Soriano was away from the team the past two days to tend to a personal matter.

• Brian Anderson will be the full-time sidekick for Dewayne Staats on Rays telecasts in 2011. Anderson has split duties with Kevin Kennedy for the past two seasons.

• Former Rays infielder Jorge Cantu returned to Tropicana Field on Wednesday wearing a Rangers uniform. Upon meeting with old friends, Cantu looked around and noted that the "place looks just the same."

• Game 2, like Game 1, is sold out. The Rays entered the playoffs with a record of 45-16 when playing in front of crowds of 30,000 or more at Tropicana Field.

• The Rays led the Major Leagues in stolen bases for the third consecutive season. They are just the fourth team in the last 50 years to do that and just the 10th team since 1900. The others were: Angels (2004-06), Cardinals (1984-88), Dodgers (1962-65), White Sox (1956-61), Dodgers (1948-50), White Sox (1941-43), Pirates (1918-20), New York Giants (1911-13) and the New York Giants (1904-06).

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.