David Price can produce in any situation on the mound. At least that’s the way Ron Washington sees it.
With that in mind, Washington made the 25-year-old left-hander one of his selections for the 2011 Major League Baseball All-Star Game scheduled for next Tuesday at Phoenix.
“We have had some wars with David Price, and I have been very impressed with the way he has handled himself,” Washington said Sunday, according to MLB.com. “He's a grinder. He gives us another left-hander who can come in and get any hitter out from any side.
The good news for Washington and the rest of the American League roster is that Price will be available for virtually any situation in the annual exhibition, which — in recent years — has determined home-field advantage for the World Series.
He started Monday as the Tampa Bay Rays lost 7-0 to the Minnesota Twins and was expected to make one more appearance before the All-Star break and his second straight appearance in the All-Star Game.
The former Vanderbilt All-American started for the American League last season and faced the minimum of six batters through the first two innings. He allowed one hit (an infield single) and struck out one.
Following the loss to the Minnesota, Price was 8-7 with a 3.56 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 107 innings.
Last season, Price had a league-leading 12 wins with a 2.42 ERA and 100 strikeouts when he was named to the All-Star roster. He said he believes he pitched better this season, even if the numbers don’t necessarily reflect that.
“I feel like maybe some people have noticed that, and that's awesome,” Price said. “… There's definitely been some games where I could have pitched better and limited some damage. But for the most part I feel like I've thrown the ball pretty well.”