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Did David Price have substance like pine tar on his hat?

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David Price may have had some sort of substance underneath the brim of his hat when he pitched against the Cleveland Indians on Monday. Several photos that have made their way around the sites like Twitter and Reddit appear to show a blotch, though it’s hard to tell if it was simply a smudge or something Price put there.

At first I thought the mark might just be a sticker. However, when you compare the photo below to the one above, it looks like the shape of the substance changed after Price touched it with his left hand.

Price pitched seven innings and allowed eight hits and just one earned run to pick up a win. The lefthander was scrutinized last month after a substance resembling pine tar was seen on his arm during a start, though he later explained that it was “red hot.”

Also see: Jon Lester appeared to have substance on glove during World Series

Red Sox and Rays reportedly told not to trade Jon Lester or David Price to Yankees

jon-lesterAs Major League Baseball’s trade deadline approached, two names many were interested in were David Price and Jon Lester.

Price, a former Cy Young Award winner is due to become a free agent after next season, but it became increasingly likely the Tampa Bay Rays were going to move him sooner rather than later.

Lester, on the other hand, will hit free agency after this season. With he and the Red Sox unable to come to terms on a contract extension, it made sense for Boston to get something for Lester before potentially losing him with no return.

So, the Rays dealt Price to the Tigers and the Red Sox shipped Lester to the west coast to the Oakland A’s.

Both are All-Star caliber pitchers, so it’s no surprise several teams were mentioned as possible suitors for each. One club, however, had no chance of landing Price or Lester, according to Newsday’s David Lennon. That team was the New York Yankees.

Well then.

The Red Sox and Yankees did work out a trade involving other players though, as Boston sent Stephen Drew to New York for Kelly Johnson. However, there’s always the possibility Jon Lester or David Price could end up with the Yankees because when it comes to free agency we know they aren’t shy about throwing around money.

H/T Eye On Baseball

Tampa television station takes shot at Detroit after David Price trade to Tigers

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseThe flurry of activity on Thursday is what Major League Baseball’s trade deadline is all about.

Familiar names to baseball fans like Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, John Lackey, Allen Craig, Austin Jackson, and Martin Prado were all swapped and will be suiting up for new teams shortly.

Perhaps the biggest name moved was David Price, who was sent to the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade.

With Price leaving town, Tampa Bay television station FOX 13 decided to send farewell wishes to the former American League Cy Young Award winner. Unfortunately, the station did so by taking a shot at the city of Detroit via its Twitter account.

Not surprisingly, the tweet was deleted as responses poured in.

To defend Detroit, FOX 2 fired this response, mocking the Rays’ home attendance.

So much for all of the action on trade deadline day being between teams.

David Price to Tigers, Austin Jackson to Mariners in three-team deal

David PriceDavid Price has been traded to the Detroit Tigers, according to a report from Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The move was part of a three-team deal that will send Seattle Mariners shortstop Nick Franklin to the Tampa Bay Rays and Austin Jackson to Seattle. The Rays also get 25-year-old starting pitcher Drew Smyly from Detroit.

And with that, Thursday’s trade deadline was anything but uneventful.

Two of the best lefthanded pitchers in the game found new homes before the 4 p.m. deadline passed. Jon Lester and Jonny Gomes were traded to the Oakland A’s earlier in the day in exchange for Yoenis Cespedes. The Red Sox also dealt John Lackey to the St. Louis Cardinals for Joe Kelly and Allen Craig.

[Related: David Price thought trade deadline had already passed]

What makes this deadline — which has been one of the most exciting in recent history — so interesting is the amount of big names that have exchanged. Typically when we see top-tier starting pitching like Lester and Price traded, a boatload of prospects are involved. For whatever reason, Thursday’s deadline was more about star power than prospects. We have no complaints about that.

Starting pitching wins in the postseason. The A’s and Tigers are two of the best teams in the American League, and both have drastically improved their starting rotations. The Mariners also picked up some much-needed offense by adding Jackson. Almost all of the teams involved in Thursday’s blockbuster deals did well for themselves on some level, at least on paper.

David Price thought trade deadline passed (Video)

David-Price-Arbitration-Derek-Jeter-HouseDavid Price is the most popular name on the trade market now that the Boston Red Sox have traded Jon Lester to the Oakland A’s for Yoenis Cespedes. Just don’t tell him that, because the 28-year-old lefty is under the impression that the non-waiver trade deadline has already passed.

Price looked puzzled on Wednesday when a reporter asked him if he has something fun planned for Thursday to take his mind off the trade rumors leading up to the 4 p.m. deadline.

“No, I didn’t,” Price said. “I thought it ended today at 4:00, so…”

Another reporter pointed out that the deadline isn’t until Thursday afternoon, which was apparently news to Price.

“Oh, is it? Alright, that’s fine,” he said. “Um, no, I’m playing golf. I put my phone in my bag when I play, so I won’t even know, honestly.”

Either Price did a phenomenal job of trolling reporters or there may be something to that recent story we saw that implied he is a pothead. I’m not surprised Price tunes out trade rumors, as he has been involved in so many over the past two seasons that have amounted to nothing. Still, you don’t really have to pay close attention to know when the deadline passes.

And then there was this:

I think Price is just trying to have fun with everyone. It’s working.

Video via Cork Gaines

David Price drove his convertible to the stadium wearing a Batman helmet (Video)

David Price is one of the best pitchers in baseball and seems like a pretty fun guy to hang out with as well. I mean, you have to have a pretty good sense of humor to drop the top on your BMW, get in wearing a helmet that resembles the one Batman wears, and head to work.

david-price-batman-helmetThat’s exactly what Price did.

The 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner, and subject of numerous rumors with MLB’s trade deadline approaching, posted the above video to his Twitter account on Wednesday with the caption:

“You all should see the looks I’m getting right now!!! #iambatman”

We can only imagine, David.

FOX Sports’ Kelly Nash got her hands on the helmet and wore it during the broadcast of the Rays-Royals game.

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H/T Cut 4

Dirk Hayhurst implies David Price and Evan Longoria are potheads

Evan-Longorioa-David-Price-Reid-Brignac-RobbedFormer MLB pitcher turned broadcaster/writer Dirk Hayhurst wrote a column about the popularity of marijuana throughout MLB and, in the article, he implied there are several potheads on the Tampa Bay Rays.

Hayhurst’s column was inspired by Yahoo! Sports’ Jeff Passan’s recent column about the disparity between drug punishments for MLB and minor league players. Passan’s argument is that because of the lax drug penalties on MLB players, minor leaguers who love weed can smoke their way onto a 40-man roster. It’s a really interesting read.

In response, Hayhurst wrote on Sports on Earth about how widespread marijuana is and has been throughout MLB. Here’s a sampling of what he had to say:

As far back as I can remember, players were getting high. Guys in the minors, on or off the 40-man, would take apples from the locker-room spread, hollow them out and then sneak behind dumpsters and smoke an apple pipe. In Triple-A, the now-defunct Portland Beavers would hide in stadium supply tunnels doing the old puff-puff-pass before jumping a knuckleball fight over the Rocky Mountains. I’ve even seen coaches toking up with their players.

You really should read the whole thing to get the full flavor, but that’s a nice sampling.

Anyway, Hayhurst then decided to share a story about a time when he was in spring training with a team and a group of players got robbed. All of the details point to a 2011 robbery involving three Rays players.

Hayhurst was a spring training invitee of the Rays in 2011. In March 2011, a Port Charlotte home being rented by Evan Longoria, David Price and Reid Brignac was robbed.

The Tampa Bay Times says police estimated $56,000 in valuables were stolen, including “a 60-inch flat-screen TV, three iPads, two Xbox game systems, cash, Price’s laptop and several of Price’s fancy watches.” It later came out that Longoria had an AK47 stolen as well.

Now here’s what Hayhurst wrote. See if it matches up with the robbery story.

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