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HOU@TB: Cosart discusses his debut win vs. the Rays

Astros starter Jarred Cosart will return to the site of his triumphant Major League debut of nearly a year ago when he faces the Rays on Friday at Tropicana Field.

Cosart made his Major League debut on July 12, 2013 and defeated then-reigning American League Cy Young Award winner David Price and the Rays, holding the Rays to two hits in eight scoreless innings. He became just the third pitcher since 2000 to make his debut against a reigning Cy Young Award winner and earn the victory.

Cosart carried a no-hit bid into the seventh inning, losing it on a one-out single to right field by Ben Zobrist.

"Obviously, I had a lot of fun here the first time so hopefully I can try and build off what I did last time and keep it rolling," Cosart said. "It still stands out. I'll remember it forever, but like I said, that was probably 25 starts behind me and I'm trying to build on what I've been working on last year and just trying to keep the good things rolling we have right now."

Cosart has won his last two starts, beating the Rays on Saturday in Houston by throwing seven innings and allowing three runs and nine hits. He's trying to become the fifth pitcher in history to go at least seven innings and win his first three career starts against the Rays.

The Rays took the first game of the series with a 5-0 win, and Cosart will once again try to outduel Price in the second game. Price has tied a Rays record with double-digit strikeouts in his last three-consecutive games. The last outing was against the Astros, in which he struck out 10 and gave up three earned runs in a 4-3 win.

The game was Price's sixth outing this season with 10 strikeouts or more, tying a career high for one season set in 2011. He has 121 strikeouts on the season with just 10 walks.

"He's a bulldog on the mound and he's going to come after you," Houston's Dexter Fowler said after the game.

While Price has said he's a better pitcher now than he's ever been in his career, he didn't hold anything back against the Astros in his last outing to try to save for Friday's game.

"I'm not good enough to not show somebody something and try to go do my best," Price said. "I'm not going to make any adjustments until they make me do it tomorrow during the game. You take the same mindset and if they don't make an adjustment, neither will I."

Astros: Dominguez heating up
Astros third baseman Matt Dominguez entered the series against the Rays on a five-game hitting streak, during which he's hit .400 (8-for-20), including a two-run, bases-loaded single against the Nationals on Wednesday.

He's hitting .409 (9-for-22) in his career with the bases loaded, with two homers and 27 RBIs. He has recorded an RBI in six of his last nine games.

"He does a great job with men in scoring position," manager Bo Porter said. "There's some guys that for whatever reason, they lock in a little bit better when there's ducks on the pound, and he's been one of those guys that when you get men in scoring position, he normally puts together some of his best at-bats and uses the whole field and stays on the ball."

Rays: DeJesus to DL
Left fielder David DeJesus was placed on the 15-day disabled list Thursday after sustaining a left hand fracture on a check swing Wednesday against the Orioles.

"It's crazy. It was just a random swing," DeJesus said. "My last at-bat [Wednesday], last swing, it was up and away, tried to come around it, missed it, and I was walking back to the dugout with my head down, in pain."

DeJesus will have to wear a splint for the next three weeks before he is re-evaluated, along with his middle and ring finger being taped together to keep the ligament in place. DeJesus was batting .269 for the Rays this year with five home runs and 17 RBIs.

To replace DeJesus, the Rays activated left fielder Brandon Guyer, who had been rehabbing a broken left thumb at Triple-A Durham.

"It's completely fine," Guyer said. "I don't have to tape it or anything anymore. It's 100 percent right now."

Guyer was 8-for-20 (.400) in five games for Durham. He was 4-for-4 with two triples Wednesday, starting at designated hitter and batting leadoff.

"The first couple of games were a little interesting -- you know, timing and everything, picking up all the pitches," Guyer said. "But after I saw some more pitches and got into my groove, I started playing the way I know I can, and hopefully I can bring that up here."

Worth noting
• The Rays signed their third-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, left-handed pitcher Brock Burke, on Thursday.

• The Astros have the highest increase in win percentage from the end of 2013 to now in the American League and the fourth highest in baseball. Coming into Thursdays game, the Astros win percentage of .438 was .132 percentage points higher than what they ended 2013 with. Comments