Tigers starter David Price pitched the first six-plus years of his career for the Rays. On Tuesday, when he returned to Tropicana Field for the first time as an opposing player, he was given a warm ovation.
The team played a video tribute to Price in the bottom of the second inning, showcasing his Rays highlights. The 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner waved to the crowd and doffed his cap.
Price, 28, was traded to Detroit on July 31 in a three-team deal. He was 82-47 with a 3.18 ERA in 175 appearances (170 starts) for Tampa Bay. He is 1-0 with a 3.18 ERA in three starts since the trade.
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The Rays drafted Price out of Vanderbilt with the first pick of the 2007 draft. He is scheduled to start against his former team on Thursday.
"Pitching against friends is always the worst," he told MLB.com before Tuesday's game. "I'm definitely going to have to be a little bit more focused on Thursday."
- Chris Mascaro