The Reds have a tough assignment as they face David Price for the visiting Tampa Bay Rays in a marquee mound matchup opposite Johnny Cueto to open this weekend series.
Runs were at a premium the only previous time these starters met. Each lasted 7 2-3 innings and did not get a decision, with Price recording 12 strikeouts and Cueto six in Tampa Bay’s 4-3 victory June 28, 2011.
That contest is the Rays’ lone victory in nine tries versus the Reds.
It also represents the only time Price has seen many of Cincinnati’s hitters, and he’s looking forward to the challenge.
“I don’t know how people overlook Brandon Phillips,” Price told the Rays’ official website. “He’s a good hitter, he drives in a ton of runs, he’s got power to all fields.”
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