TORONTO -- Jose Molina returned to Rogers Centre on Tuesday, but this time he was in the visitor's clubhouse. The past two seasons, he was the backup catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays -- where he helped with a developing young pitching staff.
"It's great to be back here in Toronto, but in a different way, as a visitor this time," Molina said before Tuesday's game against his former team. "I enjoyed it here, but you've just got to move on."
Molina signed as a free agent with the Rays, his third American League East team. The 36-year-old spent part of the 2007 season and all of '08 and '09 with the Yankees. The Rays have a good, young pitching staff that they have developed from their system. The Blue Jays are trying to do the same.
"They have a great young pitching staff here," Molina said. "I enjoy it a lot, and hopefully I can help them, too."
But he was hesitant to make comparisons, yet, because Toronto hasn't had the recent success of Tampa Bay.
"There could be a comparison later on," Molina said. "I don't know if you can compare them, right now. Toronto hasn't been in the playoffs in I don't know how long [1993 when they won their second World Series in a row], but they're on the right track."
If the Blue Jays do develop into contenders this season, they will have to deal with the Rays.
"We're going to have a great chance," Molina said, "if we keep playing the way we are. We know we can pitch, we can catch the ball, we're going to be there. It's a just a matter of time. We'll see in September."
Price looking to rebound against Jays
TORONTO -- David Price takes the mound against the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday coming off a three-inning start against the Boston Red Sox.
Price allowed four hits, three walks and three runs and needed 83 pitches against the Red Sox on Friday. His stuff is fine, he said, but he needs to throw strikes.
"I've just got to throw strikes," Price said on Tuesday before the opener of a three-game series against the Blue Jays. "I feel, honestly, my stuff right now is better than it has ever been in my life.
"My fastball velocity, changeup, my curveball -- everything feels good. I've got to get it together."
Price won his first start of the season against the New York Yankees on April 7, when he allowed two runs in 6 1/3 innings before taking the loss against the Red Sox.
"[The Red Sox] have a very good approach," Price said. "They have one of the better approaches you're going to see all year. They have a very good game plan going into a game."
But he isn't dwelling on that outing.
"I'm over it," Price said. "I didn't let it get to me that day. I've got 31 more starts this year."
The last time Price pitched in Toronto was Aug. 28, when he picked up the win by striking out 14 over seven innings. In 12 career starts against Toronto, he is 9-2 with a 2.06 ERA.
Triple-A stint helps Gomes
TORONTO -- Right-handed reliever Brandon Gomes is glad to be back with the Rays, but he made good use of his time at Triple-A Durham.
"I went down and just kept working on stuff, and just tried to get outs," Gomes said before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. "That's all I was really worried about, was getting back to where I was last year."
In retrospect, Gomes feels he benefited from being sent down late in Spring Training.
"[Getting sent down] probably [helped]," Gomes said. "My mechanics were screwed up in Spring Training. I feel so much better now than I did a few weeks ago. It was good.
"I went down and worked everything out that was going wrong in Spring Training. I needed the outings down there to work everything out."
He was 0-1 with a 15.19 ERA in 5 1/3 innings over six outings during the spring.
With the Bulls, Gomes made five appearances without allowing a run, as he gave up two hits and three walks while striking out eight.
Gomes was recalled on Monday to take the place of right-handed reliever Alex Cobb, who was sent to Durham. In 2011, Gomes made 40 appearances in two stints with the Rays and was 2-1 with a 2.92 ERA.
Larry Millson is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.