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OAK@TB: Price fans 12 over eight impressive innings

Tuesday's matchup between the Rays and Blue Jays will give Tampa Bay left-hander David Price an opportunity to rebound from his worst start of the season.

Price allowed five earned runs on 11 hits to the Yankees on Thursday night, including home runs to outfielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Robinson Cano. It was the first time in Price's career that he allowed two homers to left-handed batters in one game.

Although the loss to their division rival was tough, manager Joe Maddon liked what he saw out of Price as the game progressed.

"Cano made it look bad ... I thought he [Price] kept getting better as the game went on," Maddon said. "I thought he made more mistakes over the plate a little bit that they didn't miss ... you may get a more pedestrian offense that might see those same pitches and foul them off or take them. Overall, I thought he threw the ball very well."

Price will toe the rubber against one of the league's more offensively gifted teams, although the Blue Jays have struggled to hit for average -- ranking 21st in batting average.

The lefty has been particularly effective against Toronto. During his career, Price holds a 10-2 record against the Blue Jays with a 2.13 ERA and 78 strikeouts in 13 starts.

When Tampa Bay visited Rogers Centre last month, the team took two out of three against Toronto, while outscoring its division rival, 24-13, during the three-game series.

The Rays took a hit on Monday when the team placed outfielder Desmond Jennings on the disabled list with a left knee sprain and starter Jeff Niemann was forced to leave Monday's matchup after taking a comebacker off of his right ankle.

Niemann worked the rest of the frame and came out to pitch the second before being taken to the hospital for precautionary X-rays.

Henderson Alvarez comes into Tuesday's start for the Blue Jays after an effective outing against the Twins on Thursday. Alvarez used his sinker to force three double plays, while allowing one earned run and striking out two.

While Toronto manager John Farrell said Alvarez's outing was not his best, he is more than impressed with the pitcher's work since arriving in the big leagues.

"Since his arrival at the Major League level, Henderson's pitched with a lot of poise, a lot of confidence," Farrell said before Thursday's game. "He's been able to pitch to contact and when he's given up hits, he doesn't shy away or run from contact again and [he's] been able to induce a number of ground balls that have turned into double plays."

Rays: Vogt takes Jennings' spot
Tampa Bay called up Stephen Vogt from Triple-A Durham to take Jennings' place on the roster. Vogt has appeared in seven games this season, going hitless in 13 at-bats.

Blue Jays: Crawford up from Triple-A
Toronto recalled left-hander Evan Crawford from Triple-A Las Vegas before Monday night's series opener.

Crawford, who made his Major League debut earlier this season, has posted a 4.50 ERA in five relief appearances for Toronto. To make room on the 25-man active roster, right-hander Joel Carreno was optioned to Double-A New Hampshire.

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