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Matt Harvey flattered by David Price praise

After Matt Harvey tossed seven scoreless innings in his season debut Wednesday against the San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price tweeted: "Matt Harvey is my new favorite pitcher outside of current and former teammates!! He's nasty"

The praise definitely filtered back to Harvey, who faces Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park on Monday night in his second start of the season.

"Somebody told me about it," Harvey said. "It's pretty cool. I wasn't obviously expecting anything like that from anybody. It's always nice to hear something like that. Now it's just keep going with it."

Harvey believes he met Price when the Rays pitcher was in Triple-A with Durham and Harvey was still in college at UNC in Chapel Hill.

"Him and a couple of guys were having dinner in Chapel Hill, and a couple of us went to the same restaurant," Harvey recalled. "I'm pretty sure I met him. I'm not sure."

As for facing the Phillies on Monday night, Harvey said: "Philly's Philly. It's a fun place to play. You get a little extra fired up about going there."