Five Commodores headed to MLB Playoffs

David Price pitched the Tampa Bay Rays into the playoffs with a complete game against Texas.
David Price pitched the Tampa Bay Rays into the playoffs with a complete game against Texas.

Oct. 1, 2013

As the major league baseball playoffs begin tonight, Vanderbilt is well represented with five former Commodores in the postseason.

David Price pitched his Tampa Bay Rays into the second wild card position last night with a complete game effort. The lefty allowed two runs on seven hits for his fourth complete game of the year. Price's performance put in the playoffs along side former Dores Pedro Alvarez (Pittsburgh), Mike Minor (Atlanta), Nick Christiani (Cincinnati) and Sonny Gray (Oakland).

Alvarez and the Pirates square off against Christiani's Reds tonight in Pittsburgh with the winner moving on to face St. Louis in the National League Division Series. Price and the Rays are set to take on Cleveland tomorrow night with the winner advancing to play Boston. Minor and the Braves are set to open a five-game series against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday at Turner Field. Sonny Gray and the A's begin their series with the Detroit Tigers on Friday with Gray getting the ball in Game 2 on Saturday against Tigers' ace Justin Verlander.

Vanderbilt's five players in the postseason are the most among teams in the SEC.

Alabama - 1 (Alex Avila - Detroit)
Arkansas - 1 (Drew Smyly - Detroit) Plus Cincinnati 3B coach Mark Berry
Auburn - 3 (Josh Donaldson - Oakland, Tim Hudson - Atlanta, David Ross - Boston)
Florida - 4 (David Ross - Boston, Paco Rodriguez - Los Angeles Dodgers, Mark Ellis - Los Angeles Dodgers, Ryan Raburn - Cleveland)
Georgia - 1 (Alex Wood - Atlanta) Plus St. Louis pitching coach Derek Lilliquist
Kentucky - 1 (Scott Downs - Atlanta)
LSU - 1 (Brian Wilson - Los Angeles Dodgers)
Ole Miss - 4 (Seth Smith - Oakland, Zack Cozart - Cincinnati, Lance Lynn - St. Louis)
Mississippi State - 1 (Paul Maholm - Atlanta) Plus St. Louis 1B coach Chris Maloney
Missouri - 1 (Max Scherzer - Detroit)
South Carolina - 1 (Jackie Bradley Jr. - Boston)
Tennessee - 1 (Yan Gomes - Cleveland)
Texas A&M - 1 (Michael Wacha - St. Louis)
Vanderbilt - 5 (David Price - Tampa Bay, Mike Minor - Atlanta, Sonny Gray - Oakland, Nick Christiani - Cincinnati, Pedro Alvarez - Pittsburgh)



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