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Preview: White Sox (52-54) at Rays (52-54)
BT Movements  ·  Line Movements
Game: 3
Venue: Tropicana Field
Date: July 07, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
  

After a strong return from his first career trip to the disabled list, Tampa Bay's David Price hopes he's getting a fresh start to the 2013 season.

Looking to win his fourth straight start against Chicago, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner tries to help the Rays complete their first-ever series sweep of the lowly White Sox on Sunday.

Out since mid-May with a triceps strain, Price (2-4, 4.65 ERA) allowed three hits and struck out 10 without a walk while throwing 70 pitches over seven innings of an 8-0 win at Houston on Tuesday.

"That's probably the best I've felt on a baseball field maybe in my entire life, honestly,' said Price, who went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 2012. "I felt like that's the most control I've had of a baseball game in a very long time. I think that was better than I threw the ball really at any point last year.

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"It's huge for me, my confidence."

In a way, Price felt his time on the DL proved to be somewhat positive.

"Just letting me regroup with everything," he told the Rays' official website.

"The way the first nine starts went, it makes it kind of tough to sleep at night. "That's not me. I felt like I got back to myself (Tuesday)."

Price's other victory this season came at Chicago on April 28, when he gave up three runs and struck out nine in seven innings of an 8-3 win. He's posted a 2.05 ERA during his three-start winning streak against the White Sox.

After being named to the All-Star team, Tampa Bay's Ben Zobrist had two hits and Luke Scott delivered an RBI double as the Rays (48-40) won their third straight, 3-0 on Saturday. Matt Moore pitched 6 1-3 innings to best Chicago All-Star Chris Sale as the Rays won for the seventh time in eight contests.

"We're playing great right now,' Moore said.

The White Sox, outscored 29-10 during a four-game skid in the series, have dropped 26 of 36.

Zobrist, 1 for 22 in five games prior to Saturday, has gone 7 for 13 in his last three against the White Sox. However, he's 2 for 14 with seven strikeouts against John Danks (2-5, 4.38).

The left-hander snapped a three-game slide Tuesday, allowing two runs in seven innings of a 5-2 win over Baltimore. He's yielded three earned runs in 14 1-3 innings over his last two starts.

"Definitely my last few, I've felt I've had command," Danks told the White Sox's official website. "Just trying not to hurt myself. Trying not to hurt guys, trying to keep the ball in the ballpark."

Including postseason, Danks has gone 6-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 starts against the Rays, last facing them in 2011.

White Sox second baseman Gordon Beckham is 9 for 18 in July, and is batting .409 in his last 12 games.

He's hit .350 (7 for 20) in his past five at Tropicana Field, but is 1 for 18 against Price.

Batting .406 during a 16-game hitting streak, Tampa Bay's James Loney is likely to be in the lineup after he was used as a late defensive replacement Saturday.

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
White Sox at Rays
Fri, Jul 5 Final 3 to 8
 Boxscores    Recaps
GAME 2
White Sox at Rays
Sat, Jul 6 Final 0 to 3
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GAME 3
White Sox at Rays
Sun, Jul 7 Final 1 to 3
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 CURRENT LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +220   -105   7.5 
 TAM  -240   -115   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CURRENT SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  +215   +100   7 
 TAM  -270   -120   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 CHW  52%   2%   55% 
 TAM  48%   98%   45% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Jul 6, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 0 Under: 3 
 TAM 3 Cover: +100 
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 Jul 5, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 CHW 3 Over: 11 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 28, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 8 Cover: +100 
 CHW 3 Over: 11 
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 Apr 27, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 10 Cover: +100 
 CHW 4 Over: 14 
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 Apr 26, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 4 Over: 9 
 CHW 5 Cover: +100 
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 Apr 25, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 TAM 2 Push: 7 
 CHW 5 Cover: +100 
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 MLB PREVIEWS
 Sunday, Jul 7
 
    Orioles at Yankees
1:05 PM EDT
    Twins at Blue Jays
1:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Indians
1:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Reds
1:10 PM EDT
    Padres at Nationals
1:35 PM EDT
    Braves at Phillies
1:35 PM EDT
    White Sox at Rays
1:40 PM EDT
    Athletics at Royals
2:10 PM EDT
    Mets at Brewers
2:10 PM EDT
    Marlins at Cardinals
2:15 PM EDT
    Pirates at Cubs
2:20 PM EDT
    Astros at Rangers
3:05 PM EDT
    Dodgers at Giants
4:05 PM EDT
    Rockies at Diamondbacks
4:10 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Angels
8:05 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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