David Price turned in his longest stint of the Grapefruit League season Saturday and his performance added to the optimism Tampa Rays manager Joe Maddon always seems to carry with him.
The lefty went five innings and threw 73 pitches against the Phillies. He allowed only two hits, struck out six and walked two. The only disappointing moments of his time on the mound were two walks he issued to start off the second inning.
Price has looked sharp in his last two outings and so far this spring in 12 innings has struck out 10 while holding opponents to a .209 batting average.
In his previous outing, last Monday against Pittsburgh, Price threw 60 pitches in four innings. He shutout the Pirates over the first three innings before giving up a two-run homer in the fourth, finishing the day allowing four hits with two strikeouts and a walk.