The Rays have been a different team since Price returned from the 15-day disabled list on July 2, going 15-3, and the rotation has gone 13-3 with a 2.17 ERA.
Since coming back, Price has been a strike-throwing machine. He is the only pitcher since Baseball Reference's pitch-count data has been compiled (1999) to throw three complete games on fewer than 100 pitches in a span of four starts.
Price is fine with opposing hitters wanting to take pitches against him, "because I feel like they'll be 0-2 pretty quick."
Price's three under-100-pitch complete games equal the most of any pitcher in an entire season since 1999, putting him in company with Atlanta's Greg Maddux (2000), Minnesota's Brad Radke (2001) and Oakland's Mark Mulder (2003).
Price is now 19-3 with a 3.27 ERA in 33 career starts at American League East ballparks,. not including Tropicana Field.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.