The Rays Tank: Price Sharp but Rays fall to Twins 6-4

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The Rays Tank: Price Sharp but Rays fall to Twins 6-4

David Price struck out seven Twins in his five innings of work, allowing two earned runs on nine hits, but despite his best efforts the Ray lost by a score of 6-4. Jim Paduch, he of the 5.26 ERA the last two seasons in the minors, took the blown save AND the loss in allowing two runs in his two innings of relief. Kyle Farnsworth, still working his way into game shape, allowed a run on two hits and recorded just one out before leaving the game after trying to bare hand a single by Chris Colabello. He was replaced by Cesar Ramos and there doesn't seem to be any damage done.

The offense was lead by Jose Lobaton who homered and added two other hits. Evan Longoria, Yunel Escobar and James Loney all doubled off Twins' starter Kevin Correia. The Twins bullpen dominated the second half of the game, allowing just two hits in 4.1 innings.

Jeremy Hellickson takes the mound tomorrow when the Rays travel to Tampa to play the Yankees.

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In other MLB news, Cardinals' closer Jason Motte is expected to begin the season on the disabled list with a strained elbow. Mitchell Boggs will take his place in the interim. I like a man that goes by Mitchell instead of shortening it to Mitch.

A couple of other injury notes: Jesus Montero left today's game after being hit in the head by a backswing and Matt Latos took a liner off his shin.

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Links:

-ESPN.com's top 500 player countdown keeps moving along and Desmond Jennings comes in at number 174, which is down from 158 last year.

-Roy Halladay talks to MLB.com's Richard Justice about the adjustments he needs to make in his game as he ages as a pitcher.

-I like GIFs. And screen shots. This post on Mike Trout has both.

-This is likely the best thing you'll ever see.

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