PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. -- AL Cy Young Award winner David Price has been selected as Tampa Bay's Opening Day starter against AL East rival Baltimore.
Rays manager Joe Maddon made the announcement Tuesday before a spring training game against the New York Yankees.
"It's special to me to run out on that field first," said Price, who went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA in 31 starts in last year, when he edged Detroit's Justin Verlander by four points in Cy Young balloting.
"Like I've said, I don't want to just be best on a staff, I want to be the best in baseball," the 27-year-old left-hander added. "That's what I strive to be year in and year out. This is a starting point."
The Rays and Orioles begin the season April 2 at Tropicana Field. It will be the second Opening Day assignment for Price, who also was given the honor in 2011.