04/30/2013 9:45 PM ET
Rays call Collins' decision courageous, monumental
By Bill Chastain / MLB.com
KANSAS CITY -- NBA center Jason Collins became the first active male player on a major American sports team to reveal that he's gay, detailing his story in a piece for Sports Illustrated on Monday.
The reaction inside the Rays' clubhouse echoed the sentiments across the baseball world: Collins should be applauded for his courage in telling his story while he's still playing and for breaking a barrier in a sports culture that doesn't always encourage it.
"It does take a lot of courage to do something like that when you're a professional athlete," David Price said.
Sam Fuld, who was a freshman at Stanford when Collins and his brother, Jarron, were seniors, said he did not know either personally.
"Jason and Jarron were seven-foot twins, so they had a big presence on campus," Fuld said. "I think they were pretty well-respected and well-liked, a pretty popular duo on campus."
"I think it's a pretty big deal," Fuld added. "And I think you'll probably see a snowball effect, and within a year, it probably won't be seen as such a big deal. But because he's the first, I consider it pretty monumental."
Evan Longoria said he is indifferent about anybody's sexual orientation, but he didn't like the idea of somebody having anxiety derived from keeping stuff inside.
"I'd much rather a guy who is dealing with those sorts of things either be open about it in the clubhouse or in the media or both," Longoria said. "Because I feel like it's something that probably eats away at people for a long time. I'm happy for him. I'm happy that he had the courage to do it."
Longoria feels like there is a negative misconception about how professional athletes would react to a fellow player coming out.
"Truth of the matter, I wouldn't have a different opinion [of a player], and I don't think anybody else would," Longoria said. "And if that would help that guy become a better person, a better player, be a better human being, whatever he may be, or more comfortable in his own skin, it's something that should be considered by that person and done."
Rays manager Joe Maddon believes that 10 years from now, people will likely look back and wonder why such an announcement as Collins' wasn't made sooner.
"It's just how we work as human beings," Maddon said. "Somebody has to be courageous and take a stand and then, of course, it becomes more accepted mainstream-wise, and then there's no conversation, it's just how we live. I'm very happy that it did occur. I'm a big believer in gay rights. So it's going to work out well."
Price: 'I said everything I need to say' about ump issue
KANSAS CITY -- David Price and umpire Tom Hallion exchanged words words after Sunday's game when Price accused Hallion of using an obscenity when telling the Rays left-hander to throw the ball over the plate.
After the game, Hallion responded to Price's charge by telling a pool reporter: "I'll come right out bluntly and say he's a liar."
Prior to Tuesday night's game against the Royals, Price told reporters, "I said everything I need to say."
Price did not know if he was going to be fined for any of his actions, nor did Rays manager Joe Maddon, who noted that Matt Silverman and Andrew Friedman, the Rays team president and the Rays executive vice president of baseball operations, were handling the matter with Major League Baseball.
Price was asked if he thought Hallion should be disciplined.
"You can't talk to people that way, period," Price said. "That was my whole thing. It wasn't the strike call. It wasn't any of that. It had nothing to do with the calls he made. It was what he said."
In regard to Hallion calling him a liar, Price responded: "I'm not a liar. I'm not a liar, period."
Price honored by Negro Leagues Baseball Museum
KANSAS CITY -- David Price received yet another honor when he was awarded the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's 2012 Wilbur "Bullet" Rogan Award as American League Pitcher of the Year on Tuesday. The museum is located in Kansas City.
Prior to Price receiving the award, he enjoyed a tour of the museum led by Bob Kendrick, the president of the museum.
Joining Price at the museum were pitching coach Jim Hickey, hitting coach Derek Shelton and outfield coach George Hendrick.
Price, who was unable to attend the museum's awards dinner in January, also presented the museum with a $5,000 donation from the Rays.
Scott feels healthy, ready to go in first game off DL
KANSAS CITY -- Luke Scott was activated from the disabled and in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against the Royals.
To make room for him on the 25-man roster, Shelley Duncan was designated for assignment.
Duncan hit .182 with two home runs and six RBIs in 20 games for the Rays this season.
Scott, who had been on the disabled list all season due to a right-calf strain, went 4-for-18 with a double and two RBIs in five games while on a rehab assignment with Class A Charlotte.
"Luke was ready to come back, and Shelley had come up because Luke had gotten hurt," said Joe Maddon when asked to explain the move. "There really wasn't any other choice at this particular time. I will say this about Shelley: I mean, you look at his batting average and his numbers -- they aren't the greatest. But this guy hit the ball a lot better than that, I thought."
Scott noted that the combination of having his leg feel healthy and being able to "get on the fastball" told him he was ready to rejoin the club.
"They asked if I was ready to go, and I said I was ready to go," Scott said.
Scott allowed that his return could go either way in terms of immediate results.
"Baseball's a difficult game. Hitting is not easy," Scott said. "For me, it's Opening Day. Sometimes it takes some at-bats to get locked in, but sometimes guys start off the season hot. You can't put your finger on it and dictate exactly how it's going to go. Let's just see how it plays out."
In typical Scott fashion, he pointed out that he's not yet ready to "run from a grizzly" but he could "leg out" a double.
Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.