Bits: Price, Dickey show improvement 

May, 10, 2013
The defending Cy Young award winners faced off Thursday night, each struggling with ERAs on the wrong side of 5 and scaring fantasy owners quite a bit for a variety of reasons. But while neither Toronto Blue Jays right-hander R.A. Dickey nor Tampa Bay Rays lefty David Price earned the win in this rare head-to-head matchup of reigning Cy Young winners (only the third time), each pitched well enough to restore some confidence to panicking owners and remain wise buy-low fantasy options.
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David Price
J. Meric/Getty ImagesDavid Price went eight innings Thursday in his matchup against fellow defending Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey.

Price tossed eight solid innings, allowing four runs (two earned) on seven hits and a walk, striking out eight. It’s arguably his best outing of the season (second in game score), only the second time he went as many as eight innings, the second time he didn’t allow a home run and quite a change from the previous weekend, when he was lit up at Coors Field for nine runs. The best sign was Price’s velocity was back into the mid-90s again; he entered the game averaging 93.3 MPH on his fastball, down from 95.5 a year ago.