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David Price picked as Rays' opening-day starter

Tuesday - 3/12/2013, 4:30pm  ET

Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher David Price throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Friday, March 8, 2013, in Port Charlotte, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. (AP) -- AL Cy Young Award winner David Price has been selected as Tampa Bay's opening-day starter against AL East rival Baltimore.

Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Tuesday before a spring training game against the New York Yankees. The three-time All-Star went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 starts in lasty year, when he edged Detroit's Justin Verlander by four points in Cy Young balloting.

The Rays and Orioles begin the season April 2 at Tropicana Field. It will be the second opening- day assignment for Price, who also was given the honor in 2011.


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