Price's problem is his penchant for walking batters, which has not allowed him to pitch past the sixth inning -- including his eight-start stint in the Minor Leagues -- in 2009.
TB: LHP David Price (1-0, 2.37 ERA)
It was another short outing for the rookie Price, who in four starts this season has yet to pitch into the seventh inning. The left-hander was erratic in 4 1/3 innings against Anaheim, walking six and throwing 105 pitches. But he was also dominant, striking out six and allowing only two hits and one run. It's that dichotomy that has been frustrating so far for Rays fans, who continue to wait for a breakthrough performance from Price and will hope the thin air in Colorado doesn't deter him. COL: RHP Aaron Cook (5-3, 4.26 ERA)
Cook ran the starters' winning streak to eight consecutive games with a solid outing Thursday in Milwaukee, allowing just one run despite seven hits in six-plus innings. He struck out a season-high seven batters and only ran into trouble when he loaded the bases on two singles and a walk in the seventh. After recording the first out of the game, Cook became the first pitcher to throw 1,000 career innings in a Rockies uniform. Tampa Bay has been unkind to Cook -- he has allowed 11 earned runs in 12 innings over two starts in his career against the Rays. Tidbits
Shortstop Jason Bartlett returned after missing 19 games because of a left ankle sprain and went 2-for-4 Tuesday. ... On Tuesday, Major League Baseball announced that third baseman Evan Longoria leads all American League players in the fan voting with 1,957,380 votes for the 80th All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14. Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is second with 1,921,768 votes. ... Reliever Winston Abreu allowed a run in the ninth inning Tuesday to snap the bullpen's scoreless streak at 25 innings. It's the second longest streak by Rays relievers in club history, trailing only a 27 2/3 innings streak from May 18-26, 2004. Tickets
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Thursday: Rays (Matt Garza, 4-4, 3.63) at Rockies (Ubaldo Jimenez, 5-6, 3.92), 3:10 p.m. ET
Friday: Rays (Andy Sonnanstine, 5-6, 6.65) at Mets (Fernando Nieve, 1-0, 2.08), 7:10 p.m. ET
Saturday: Rays (James Shields, 5-5, 3.52) at Mets (Johan Santana, 8-4, 3.29), 4:10 p.m. ET
Cheng Sio is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.