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Bringing the Heat
Tom Verducci on how David Price and the Rays are dominating from the mound
It's not too early to say that Tampa Bay is for real. In its first 30 games the Rays outscored their opponents by 80 runs. The key for the Rays is that they have five starting pitchers between ages 24 and 28 with smooth deliveries who pitch off their fastball, all good markers for holding up over the course of the season. Wade Davis, Matt Garza, David Price (above) and Jeff Niemann rank fifth, sixth, seventh and ninth in the AL, respectively, in percentage of fastballs. And James Shields (4--1) is also aggressive with his changeup.