The Price was right on Thursday

David Price

PriceTampa Bay Rays pitcher David Price just missed out on the complete-game win against the Toronto Blue Jays, striking out 10 in 8 2/3 innings in Thursday's 3-1 win.

Ninety-nine of Price's 118 pitches were fastballs (83.9 percent), finishing nine of his strikeouts with his heater.

Thursday was merely a continuation of what Price has done to Toronto in his career, improving to 8-0 in nine career starts against Toronto.

The Elias Sports Bureau added that only one active American League pitcher has as many as eight wins without a loss (in starts) against an opposing team: Jon Lester (14-0 in starts against the Baltimore Orioles).

Price has four career 10-strikeout games, and improved to 19-7 career at home.


Lance Berkman continued his tear to begin the season, hitting a go-ahead three-run home run in the St. Louis Cardinals' 6-3 win against the Florida Marlins.

The home run was Berkman's 10th of the season, and it comes in his 29th game. Last season, it took Berkman 70 games to hit his 10th home run.

This is the third-fastest Berkman has reached 10 home runs in a season; he got there in 20 games in 2002 and 24 games in 2006.


Roy Halladay

HalladayRoy Halladay struck out 10 in seven innings of work, helping the Philadelphia Phillies to a 7-3 victory against the Washington Nationals.

Halladay has simply dominated the Nationals in his career, moving his record to 10-1 with a 2.01 ERA against the Nationals.

His 32 strikeouts in his past three starts are the most in any three-start span of his career, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

All the while, Halladay avoided issuing any free passes, notching his third 10-strikeout, no-walk game in the past two years. Only Cliff Lee has as many such games in that same span.


While Halladay was tossing a gem, his counterpart, John Lannan, continued to struggle against Philadelphia.

Lannan fell to 0-10 with a 6.44 ERA in 13 career starts against the Phillies.

It wasn't the only streak Lannan "managed" to keep alive. With his peg of Shane Victorino, Lannan has now hit a Phillies batter in four consecutive starts.


The Cleveland Indians won 4-3 in 12 innings against the Oakland Athletics, improving to 21-9 for the season.

It's tied for their best 30-game start to a season in franchise history, which they've done seven other times prior to this season.

In five of the seven instances they made the playoffs, twice winning the World Series.