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TB@MIL: Price strikes out 10 over eight solid frames

The Reds' Johnny Cueto, 3-0 this month, will seek to complete a perfect June while David Price will be looking to put up a second strong outing in the past week when Cincinnati meets the Rays on Tuesday at Tropicana Field.

Price knows that if he is going to succeed against a powerful Cincinnati lineup, he'll have to do it by commanding the strike zone and keeping the hitters off balance.

"You never really look forward to facing those types of lineups, but it is fun," Price said. "This is a team that can swing it extremely well and we all know that."

Having electric stuff in his last start Wednesday against the Brewers, the left-hander gave up only two runs on five hits in eight innings. Throwing 120 pitches, Price picked up his eighth win. But he's 3-3 in his past seven starts.

"I felt good. After the first inning, I felt a lot better," Price said. "Hopefully I can go out there Tuesday and get the win as well."

It'll be Price's ninth start at home, where he has a 3.40 ERA.

However, Cueto's ERA in June has been even better. With a clip of 0.96, he has emerged as the Reds' de facto ace. The right-hander hasn't allowed more than three runs in any of his nine starts.

Cueto tossed seven innings and gave up only one run on two hits to beat the Yankees in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday. He retired 12 straight batters at one point, and in getting his third straight victory, he improved to 5-2 with a 1.63 ERA.

"We got a real good one -- young Price against young Cueto," Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker said. "One's right and one's left. Price is one of the toughest pitchers, not only in the American League, but one of the top pitchers in baseball. And so is Johnny. It should be a heck of a matchup."

Rays: Club to hold auction to benefit community
• The Rays will hold an auction Friday to help raise money for the Rays Baseball Foundation and the Tampa General Hospital Children's Medical Center.

Fans can make bids on various items at beginning at 7:10 p.m. ET. It will will run through Tampa Bay's game against St. Louis until 10:15 p.m.

"The auction is another way that our organization teams up with our fans to raise funds that get reinvested back in our community," Rays president Matt Silverman said.

Reds: 'Vote Reds' Lunch on Wednesday
• With Joey Votto and Brandon Phillips needing a final push from fans to get to the 2011 All-Star Game, the Reds are organizing a lunch Wednesday to make voting easier.

Fans are invited to the "Vote Reds All-Star Game Lunch" Wednesday June 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET in the Fox Sports Ohio Champions Club at Great American Ball Park. The Reds will provide pizza, soft drinks, laptops and Wi-Fi, though fans are encouraged to bring their own computers.

Votto trails Milwaukee's Prince Fielder by 70,727 votes for second place, while Phillips is behind Milwaukee's Rickie Weeks by only 78,397.

• Bothered by a back strain for about a week, catcher Ryan Hanigan was out of the lineup for Monday's game. Ramon Hernandez started in his place.

Worth noting
• Phillips and bench coach Chris Speier will celebrate birthdays Tuesday, with Phillips turning 30 and Speier 61.

• The start time for Saturday's game between the Reds and Indians at Great American Ball Park has been changed to 4:10 p.m. ET to accommodate the FOX Saturday Game of the Week national broadcast. The game had been set for a 7:10 start.

• Tampa Bay is the only club to have four starting pitchers (Price, James Shields, Jeremy Hellickson and Wade Davis) with at least 90 innings and seven wins under their belts. Comments