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TOR@TB: Price records eight strikeouts over eight

Last pitching on May 15 because of a strained left triceps, David Price has been champing at the bit to make his return to the Rays starting rotation.

Now with a clean bill of health, he'll get that chance on Tuesday night as the Rays and Astros square off at Minute Maid Park.

"I'm approaching it like Opening Day," Price said. "I feel extremely good right now. I just want to continue to work hard and continue to use our trainers the way I have always and just expect better results."

Price struggled a bit in his nine starts before heading to the disabled list, giving up at least five hits in all but one of his starts.

Meanwhile, Erik Bedard will be on the hill for the Astros, ready to continue his string of success and halt Houston's four-game losing streak.

While he bounced between the rotation and bullpen during the first month of the season, Bedard is 3-1 with a 3.23 ERA in his last nine starts, including a 2-0 record with a 1.86 ERA in his past three starts.

In his previous outing against the Cardinals, Bedard (3-3, 4.44 ERA) allowed just three runs on seven hits in six innings for the win.

"He knows exactly what he needs to do. He's a professional out there," Astros catcher Jason Castro said after the win. "He's been doing this a long time. It shows. He did his job."

Rays: Longoria close to returning
Although third baseman Evan Longoria continues to deal with a nagging foot injury, he believes he's close to returning to the lineup.

Sidelined since Friday, Longoria doesn't anticipate a stint on the disabled list.

"I don't have any answers as to when I'll play, but I'm going to make a bid for them not to make any moves and then play, hopefully in the next couple of days," Longoria said Monday. "I want to play [Tuesday]. So I'll talk to Joe [Maddon] and see how that goes. A couple of lefties the next couple of days, so I really want to play."

Astros: Harrell still sore after liner off shin
After taking a line drive off his left shin in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Angels, starting pitcher Lucas Harrell said he was still feeling it on Monday.

"It was just pretty tender when I woke up," Harrell said. "Not getting much treatment really, but I had the trainers look at it. Right now, we're just taping it up."

The right-hander said he doesn't expect to miss his next start, something Astros manager Bo Porter echoed before Monday's game against Tampa Bay.

Worth noting
• Bedard has allowed just four earned runs in his last 19 1/3 innings pitched.

• Rays starting pitchers have worked at least six innings in 10 of their past 12 games, after failing to do so in seven straight games prior to that.

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