David Price will return to the place he called home for the past eight seasons when he makes his fourth start for the Tigers on Thursday afternoon at Tropicana Field.
The southpaw, who was dealt by Tampa Bay to Detroit in a non-waiver Trade Deadline three-team blockbuster, isn't exactly looking forward to facing his former teammates.
"Pitching against friends is always the worst," Price said on Tuesday. "I'm definitely going to have to be a little bit more focused on Thursday."
The Rays honored Price with a video presentation during Tuesday night's game. He doesn't feel very far removed from his time there, even referring to the Rays as "we."
"I spent a lot of time here. I built a lot of memories, made a lot of long-lasting friendships and stuff like that," Price said. "Without Rays baseball, I'm not myself."
Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said he thinks Price will hold the advantage while facing his former teammates. The Tigers also hold a 2-0 advantage in the series and will be going for just their second sweep of the second half.
"Whether it's here, or any time in the season, a really good pitcher I think always has an advantage over a hitter because he knows where the ball is going and what he's trying to do with it," Maddon said. "And a guy like him has such great command.
"The only disadvantage would be emotionally, the fact that he's coming to pitch here for the first time, middle of the season. That'd be the disadvantage until he really gets his legs under him."
Price will match up against Rays right-hander Alex Cobb, who is going for a club record eighth consecutive start of allowing two or fewer runs.
"I think the fact that I was out for six weeks earlier in the year -- I'm probably not feeling the fatigue that most of the guys are in late August and going into September. So I feel good. I feel strong," Cobb said. "I feel like my mechanics are in line now. Those are the two most important things you're looking for while you're out on the mound. Being healthy and feeling comfortable with everything that's going on out there. So I'm excited."
In Cobb's last nine starts, he's 6-0 with a 2.24 ERA.
Tigers: Soreness a part of Soria's recovery
Reliever Joakim Soria, who experienced soreness in the strained left oblique that landed him on the 15-day disabled list after a throwing session on Tuesday, said on Wednesday that the soreness was not a setback to his recovery.
"It was a test. It was early in my rehab. It was just a test to see where we're at," Soria said. "It would be better if I didn't feel anything. But it's part of the rehab, it's part of the process, and we're going in a good direction."
Soria did not throw on Wednesday, and said he couldn't predict when he would throw next.
"I don't know for sure," he said. "These type of injuries, it's a little tough to say. You just go day by day."
Rays: Myers returns from disabled list
Reigning American League Rookie of the Year Wil Myers was activated from the 60-day disabled list prior to Wednesday's game and he went 0-for-3 as the Rays' designated hitter.
Myers had missed the previous 70 games since going on the DL on June 1, retroactive to May 31, with a right wrist fracture incurred during an outfield collision with center fielder Desmond Jennings on May 30 at Fenway Park.
Not only did Myers have a right wrist fracture, he also had an inflamed left wrist. Now both feel fine and, perhaps most important, he feels like he's rediscovered his mojo.
"I didn't really find what was missing," Myers said. "I just found myself again at the plate and just found the confidence level that I was looking for. As far as being in the box right now, I feel very confident in there."
• The Rays blew a 4-0 lead in Tuesday night's 4-hour, 42-minute, 8-6 loss in 11 innings, matching their largest blown lead in a loss this season. They also led 4-0 on May 15 in a 6-5 road loss to the Angels.
• PGA Tour golfer John Daly threw out the ceremonial first pitch for Wednesday night's game at Tropicana Field. He has made his home in Clearwater, Fla., since 2009, when he also became a Rays fan.
Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.