ST. PETERSBURG -- David Price did not make his scheduled start Saturday after experiencing general soreness in his left shoulder, which allowed Chris Archer to make his third start of the season.
For the second day in a row Price played catch and afterward said: "Felt good. Felt pretty close to normal."
Price had more than normal soreness following his start in Toronto on Sunday. When asked in hindsight if he knew how the problem originated, Price smiled: "I have no idea. Just get ready for my next start."
To that end, Price said he will probably throw his bullpen on Tuesday. The Rays have said he'll miss one start then make a start in next weekend's series against the Yankees in New York.
Price leads the American League in wins with 17 and he leads the Major Leagues with a 2.54 ERA.
Since the Cy Young Award was awarded to both leagues in 1967, 18 of the 19 pitchers to lead either league in both wins and ERA have won the award. Baltimore's Mike Boddicker was the lone exception in 1984 when he lost to Detroit's Willie Hernandez.
Davis dominating out of the bullpen
ST. PETERSBURG -- Wade Davis blanked the Rangers in the 10th and 11th innings of Friday night's game to earn the win on his 27th birthday.
"I just wanted to go out and keep the game right there, make some pitches and keep it flowing," Davis said.
While Davis looked dominant, he said it was not the best he's thrown this season.
"No, I made some mistakes here and there," Davis said. "Fell behind going back out to start the inning and to the second hitter, but just wanted to go out there and get some outs.
"In that kind of situation, I wouldn't let anybody get on base with the top of the order coming up. It's nice we got the [caught stealing for the third out in the 11th] right there. That was pretty big."
Since the All-Star break, 15 of Davis' 16 outings have been scoreless. In addition, his striking out the side in the 10th was the eighth time he's done so this season. Only Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel (13) and Cincinnati's Aroldis Chapman (9) have done it more.
Davis had been a starter with the team until this season and likely will be a starter again in the future. But he's made the most of being a reliever this season.
"It's fun," Davis said. "You want to go out there and contribute. You want to help the team win. You want to feel like you were a part of it. That's kind of our goal."
Struggling Pena maintaining team perspective
ST. PETERSBURG -- Carlos Pena has had a tough season offensively, yet he is one of the team leaders. When asked how tough it has been for him to separate his individual performance -- complete with all of the anxiety that accompanies struggling -- from the team, Pena considered the question and offered a candid reply.
"It's a lot tougher than you would expect," Pena said. "But, at times, I think I do it perfectly to where I'm detached. Other times, the pride gets the best of you and you want to concentrate on the stuff that doesn't serve you at all, right now."
Pena said he's in a good place now, where he's "focusing on how I can help the team today."
"Instead of having these numbers define me and understand that the team needs me," Pena said. "They don't need me with all the baggage. ... That's part of being a good teammate, a huge part of being a good teammate. If I come loaded with baggage then I'm not being a good teammate."
According to Baseball Reference, Ben Zobrist's 25.8 wins above replacement (WAR, counting offensive and defensive contributions) since 2009 ranks second in the Major Leagues to Albert Pujols (26.0). Since 2009, Zobrist leads all Major League switch-hitters with 136 doubles and 341 walks.
The Rays are a 20-11 record since Evan Longoria's activation from the disabled list on Aug. 7. During that period, the Rays have outscored their opponents 147-86. Overall, the Rays are 33-19 with Longoria in the lineup, and 43-44 without him.
The Rays lead the American League with 121 stolen bases. They are attempting to become the first team to lead the AL in five straight seasons since the 1951-61 "Go-Go" White Sox. Already the Rays are the first to lead the AL in four straight seasons since the 1987-90 Brewers.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.