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David Price shows appreciation for Boston fans following start in home opener

Ryan Hannable
April 05, 2018 - 7:00 pm

What a difference a year makes for David Price.

The 2017 season was a difficult one for Price, both on and off the field, but after an outstanding start in Thursday's home opener, it appears Price is a changed man.

The left-hander walked off the mound following the seventh inning to loud cheers from the Fenway faithful, something that rarely occurred last season. Speaking after the game, Price showed his appreciation for the fans who braved the bitter cold conditions.

"That’s Fenway. That’s Boston," he said. "It doesn’t matter how many innings you go or what the weather is, the atmosphere is always going to be there. To get to play 81 home games, that’s something you don't get to experience anywhere else."

Price went seven shutout innings against the Rays, scattering three hits, walking three and striking out five. He left with the game scoreless, so he took a no-decision after the Red Sox eventually won 3-2 in 12 innings.

The 32-year-old hasn't allowed a run in the 14 innings he's pitched so far this season and he's become the first Red Sox starter to hold opponents scoreless through the first two starts of the year since Derek Lowe in 2002.

Including the postseason, Price hasn't allowed a run in his last 29 1/3 innings.

"It was cool out there and to be able to give us seven strong innings, that was good," he said. "[Yonny] Chirinos over there has thrown the ball against us well two times. It’s fun to watch guys throw the ball like that."

Price couldn't have got off to a better start to the season as he's become the first Red Sox pitcher in the last 100 years with seven-plus scoreless innings and four or fewer hits in each of his first two starts of the season. 

"I think when he’s healthy he’s one of the best pitchers in the big leagues. And he’s healthy right now," added manager Alex Cora.

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