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Price talks opt-out, Yankees, feelings for Boston in interview

John Tomase
July 11, 2018 - 7:56 pm

David Price isn't afraid of facing the Yankees, won't rule out opting out of his contract but doesn't consider it a pressing issue, and insists he doesn't hate Boston.

Those were the takeaways from a quick interview with the Globe's Dan Shaughnessy on Wednesday.

Start with the Yankees. Price allowed five homers in his last start against them and is just 2-6 against them in his Red Sox career. Shaughnessy asked Price how he feels against them moving forward.

"I feel great moving forward for the rest of the season and great facing the Yankees again, whenever that may be," he said. "That's a team I've pitched against a lot in my career, probably more than against any team in the big leagues, maybe with the exception of Toronto. I've pitched against both of them a lot and I've had some bad games against (the Yankees) a few times. I gave up nine straight hits against them when I was in Detroit in 2015. Nine straight hits. No walks, no sac flies, no hit by pitches, nine straight knocks."

Price doesn't listen to his critics in print or on the airwaves.

"I'm still not a subscriber to whatever papers there are," he said. "I don't know the last time I've listened to FM or AM radio."

On opting out of his contract:

"I'm not going to sit here and say there's zero percent chance when there's always a chance of anything, but that's nothing that I'm thinking about or putting any thought to, or talking to anyone else about," he said. "I expect to win and I expect to do that here."

Does he like Boston?

"I don't have no problem with it," he said. "I need to go out there and pitch better.

"I've never said I've hated Boston or had a problem with the fans. That's a perception that's put on me through you guys (in the media). That's what that is. It's like when we were in Minnesota and I said I wasn't deserving of being an All-Star and didn't think I should be an All-Star, and then all that crap got put out. It turns into that. So write what you want to write."

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