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Tampa Bay Rays Pitchers

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David Price

David Price is a left-handed starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Rays selected him first overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft out of Vanderbilt University.  Price made his major league debut with the Tampa Bay Rays on September 14, 2008, against the Yankees. The first MLB home run he allowed was off Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter. Price pitched 5⅓ innings of relief; he made his first major league start with the Rays on September 22, 2008, against the Baltimore Orioles. He was the winning pitcher in Game 2 of the 2008 ALCS against the Boston Red Sox, earning a post-season victory before winning a regular season game. Price recorded the final four outs in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS, earning his first career save (regular season or postseason; postseason statistics are recorded separately.) and eliminating the defending champion Red Sox. Price then pitched 2⅓ innings in Game 2 of the 2008 World Series against the Phillies; he gave up two earned runs but nevertheless earned his second postseason save.

He finished the 2010 season tied for second in the American League (with Jon Lester) in Wins (19) and in third place in ERA (2.72). He was 8th in the league in strikeouts with 188.  He throws a 94-96 mph fastball that has been as clocked as high as 100.  He also throws a nice slider, curveball, and changeup.  He won the 2010 Warren Spahn Award and is considered to be a candidate for the Cy Young for years to come.

James Shields

James Shields is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.  Shields was drafted in the 2000 amateur baseball draft by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.  He made his Major League debut against the Baltimore Orioles on May 31, 2006.  He surrendered five runs over five innings as he earned a no-decision. On June 5, Shields picked up his first big league win against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim striking out six over six innings of work. On June 21, 2006 Shields became the first Devil Rays pitcher to start his career with 4 straight wins. 

James Shields is the first Tampa Bay Rays pitcher to win a World Series game (2008). The Rays ended up losing the 2008 World Series to the Philadelphia Phillies. Shields led the Rays in innings pitched in 2008 with 215, and also tied Edwin Jackson to lead the Rays with 14 wins, which also tied the record for most wins by a Rays pitcher.  In 2008, he went 14-8.  Between 2009 and 2010 he went a combined 24-27. 

Jeff Niemann

Jeff Niemann is a right-handed starting pitcher for the Tampa Bay Rays.  Jeff Niemann was the Rays' first-round draft pick out of Rice University in 2004 as the fourth overall pick. He signed a major league contract in January 2005 worth $5.2 million.  Jeff Niemann made his major league debut on April 13, 2008, against the Baltimore Orioles, pitching 6 innings en route to his first career win.  Niemann's team leading 13-6 record and 3.94 ERA in 2009 earned him a place in national AL Rookie of the Year Award discussions. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America named him the Rookie of the Year for the Rays for the 2009 season in a unanimous decision by the voters.  In 2010, Niemann went 12-8 with a 4.39 ERA.