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Price becomes first 12-game winner in the AL

A year after posting a career-high 13 losses, David Price has been tough to face this season.

How tough, though? Well, the Indians will find out first-hand on Thursday when the Rays ace goes for his Major League-best 13th win. Ubaldo Jimenez will start for Cleveland.

Price has pitched well this season, but has been especially dominant as of late. The left-hander has won his last four decisions, and five of his last six. Sporting a 2.80 ERA, Price has lasted at least seven innings in his last five starts and struck out at least seven in each of his last four.

"I felt like I've thrown the ball fairly well this year," Price said. "I've been able for the most part stay pretty consistent. I've definitely had my games I wish I could have back, but that's gotta be everybody in the big leagues."

In preparing for the Indians, Price said he's looking at the lineup Cleveland put out for fellow lefty Matt Moore on Tuesday.

"I kinda base myself off the kind of lineups they put out against Matt Moore," Price said. "I still think they had [Jason] Kipnis and [Kasey] Kotchman and [Michael] Brantley in there, so that was three lefties. That's more lefties than I usually see ... I don't generally see a lot of lefties. I do enjoy facing lefties as much as every other left-handed pitcher."

Price will have his hands full with Brantley, who is hitting .431 (25-for-58) in his last 17 games. Additionally, the center fielder is drawing more walks, including a career-high three on Monday.

"You never want to expand your zone," Brantley said. "I'm kind of getting some pitches that are borderline and, basically, I'm staying off of them right now. If I can continue to do that, hopefully I'll get some more pitches in the strike zone."

Rays: Joyce gets first hit since injury
• Rays outfielder Matt Joyce collected his first hit on Wednesday since being reinstated from the disabled list on Tuesday. Joyce missed 23 days with a left-external-oblique strain.

Indians: Acta's patience with Santana pays off
• Indians manager Manny Acta has not wavered in his support for Carlos Santana, as the catcher continues a long slump.

On Wednesday, Acta was rewarded when Santana went deep for the sixth time this season. The three-run home run broke a streak of 138 at-bats without a homer.

• With a 10-6 win over the Rays on Wednesday, the Indians evened their road mark to 23-23 on the season.

Worth noting
• Price has dominated the Indians players currently on their roster, as nine Cleveland players have combined to hit just .154 against the lefty in 65 at-bats. Comments