ARLINGTON, Texas -- The American League's leading MVP candidate has two hits, no homers and no RBIs through four games of a tense division series. And while Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton says he must figure things out at the plate, he also said it is Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price who will have to adjust.
"What he did last time didn't work," Hamilton said Sunday following the Rays' 5-2 victory in Game 4 to knot the series and send it back to Tampa for Tuesday night's do-or-die Game 5.
Price, the Rays, tall, young, hard-throwing lefty will go against fellow lefty and Rangers ace Cliff Lee for the second time in the series, this time for the right to advance to the ALCS against the New York Yankees. Lee, 5-0 in his postseason career, got the best of Price in Game 1, and after C.J. Wilson shut down the Rays in Game 2, Price wasn't sure he'd get the chance to a redeem a performance that saw the Rangers jump on him early.
"I am looking forward to it a lot. That was big," Price said of Tampa's sweep in Arlington. "They got me back 0n the mound on Tuesday, so I appreciate it."
Game 1 was Price's first postseason start. He saw limited action as a late-inning reliever as a rookie in Tampa's 2008 World Series run. He said he learned that the Rangers will swing at a 3-0 pitch, which they did effectively against him in the opener, but that as far as adjusting, as Hamilton suggested, Price said he's going to rely on what got him here.
"I will not change anything up," said Price, a 19-game winner in the regular season and a Cy Young candidate. "I don't feel I had my good stuff on Wednesday and I am looking forward to coming in on Tuesday with my better stuff."