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NYY@TB: Price gives the Rays a strong eight innings

At some point -- probably -- David Price will capture his first win of the season.

The reigning American League Cy Young Award winner could claim that elusive win as soon as Sunday, when he'll toe the rubber at U.S. Cellular Field. Price has compiled an 0-2 record and 5.52 ERA through five outings, and the Rays are 0-5 when he has pitched.

"I know that he holds some very high standards for himself," said Rays skipper Joe Maddon. "I know, and I feel very comfortable saying, he's going to be good record-wise by the end of the season. The numbers are gonna be there.

"It's been a very disappointing start, but he's been able to shake off disappointment and come back and support the rest of the group."

Price has submitted three quality starts, including an eight-inning effort against the Yankees on Tuesday in which he limited New York to three runs.

Price isn't the only hurler seeking his first win, though. White Sox righty Dylan Axelrod is 0-1 with three no-decisions. In those three contests, he has posted a 1.53 ERA, having allowed only three earned runs in 17 2/3 innings. In his last outing, he held the Indians to one run on three hits in six innings, but Cleveland rallied against Chicago's bullpen to keep Axelrod winless.

"He did a tremendous job," said catcher Hector Gimenez. "Every pitch I called he threw right where I wanted."

Rays: Escobar getting closer
• There is a chance that shortstop Yunel Escobar might not see the field again until Tuesday. He remains day to day with right hamstring tightness. The Rays have an off-day on Monday.

"He's doing better," Maddon said Saturday. "He's still not ready to go, he's not ready to go out there yet, but he's doing much better. It's kind of going away little by little. I don't want to press it right now and have any kind of setback. It's getting better, but it's not time to push it."

Escobar, batting .164 with two home runs, hasn't played since Wednesday.

White Sox: Danks takes next step
• John Danks continues to make progress on his arduous comeback from shoulder surgery last summer. Danks is slated to begin a Minor League rehab assignment next week.

"Hopefully that climb continues. He's already ahead of schedule," said pitching coach Don Cooper. "This is something we didn't want to rush. He's not even a year past surgery, but the final preparation is underway."

• Gavin Floyd exited his outing in the third inning on Saturday with a flexor muscle strain in his right elbow. Floyd is 0-4 with a 5.18 ERA.

Worth noting
• Tampa Bay set a season high with 10 runs in Saturday's triumph against the White Sox.

• White Sox southpaw Hector Santiago allowed 10 hits in relief of Gavin Floyd on Saturday. He tossed 3 2/3 innings out of the bullpen.

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