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ST. PETERSBURG -- David Price will not start on Saturday against the Blue Jays as scheduled. But before the conspiracy theorist can go too far, the Rays reported that their ace has not been traded, rather he's simply ill.

Jake Odorizzi, who was scheduled to start Sunday, will start Saturday instead, and the Rays are hopeful that Price will be well enough to start Sunday in the finale before the All-Star break.

If Price does not pitch at all in the series, it will be a blow to the Rays, since he's done particularly well against the Blue Jays.

He is 14-2 with a 2.45 ERA in 18 career starts against Toronto and 7-2 with a 1.62 ERA in 10 starts at home.

Price has been pitching well lately, too. In his last eight starts, he has a 2.17 ERA after starting the season with a 4.42 ERA in his first 11 starts.

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

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