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Rays News: David Price Starts, Leslie Anderson Continues Hot Spring

Rays NewsTampa Bay Rays 1B/OF Leslie Anderson  got a start in left field today against the Houston Astros  and added two more  RBI with a  triple in a  7-2  win  in a rained shortened spring training matchup.  The two RBI gives  Anderson seven so far this spring. Anderson, 30,  spent the 2012 season at Triple A  Durham, hitting .309 with 14 homers, 56 RBIs and an .805 OPS  and is making the most of his opportunity with the Rays  early on in 2013.

Rays NewsAnderson’s torrid start has not gone unnoticed by manager Joe Maddon. “He looks really good.” Maddon said. “He’s a different player than the last time I saw him.”

Where Anderson  could fit in the Rays plans  remains to be seen. While  Anderson can play the outfield his natural position as first base and the Rays  signed free-agent  first baseman James Loney to  replace Carlos Pena.

Reigning American League Cy Young winner David Price got his first start of the spring allowing no runs in one inning of work and surviving being hit on the  wrist with a comebacker by  Astros leadoff man Marwin Gonzalez.

Price tried to stop it with his left hand, and the ball ricocheted off his wrist to shortstop Ben Zobrist. Evan Longoria returned to the lineup  and added two hits and an RBI in two at-bats.

Jeremy Hellickson and Jeff Niemann will pitch on Wednesday when Tampa Bay travels to Bradenton to play the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Don is a lifelong baseball fan and loves to look inside the game for stories not everyone sees. He served as a Tampa Bay Rays correspondent for ESPN Fantasy Baseball. His style has been described as direct , and he wont likely change.