David Price held the Pirates to one run on five hits and a walk while punching out 11 over 8.1 innings of work in Wednesday's win.
Price KO'd 10-plus batters for the fifth consecutive start (last pitcher to do that was Johan Santana in 2004, back when he was with the Twins) and set a new team record with 54 strikeouts in a month in what many feel may be his last start with the Rays before being traded (pure speculation at this point).ANALYST: Michael Pichan
Tim Duncan (rest) will not play Friday against Denver.
The Spurs will take advantage of the holiday and give Duncan an extra day of rest and get ready for Saturday against the Hawks. The Spurs could go with LaMarcus Aldridge at center for Friday and use David West at power forward or they could just give Boris Diaw the start. Either way, those are the three players likely to see the extra work in Duncan's absence. Analysis: Howard Bender