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    December 6, 2017 9:49 PM PST

    ST. Kevin Johnson Jersey . PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Not even a stomach virus could derail David Prices surge. The All-Star left-hander scattered five hits in eight-plus innings to win his fourth consecutive start and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 on Sunday. Price (9-7), who had his start pushed back one day due to being ill, struck out five and walked one. He was pulled after giving up a leadoff single in the ninth to Melky Cabrera. "Everything was working," Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon said. "They werent getting comfortable swings on him. Really fun to watch." Price let the team know Saturday night that he felt good enough to pitch Sunday. He watched Saturdays game at home on TV. Because Price pitched on Sunday, he is ineligible to play in the All-Star game Tuesday night in Minnesota. His roster spot was taken by his former teammate, Seattle closer Fernando Rodney. When asked if he was disappointed about not pitching in the All-Star game, Price said yes and no. "Its always fun to be part of an All-Star game," he said. The Rays, who have won 11 of 15, got RBI singles from Logan Forsythe and Jose Molina. Jake McGee got three outs for his seventh save. "There was no let up the day before All-Star break," Maddon said. "We didnt mail anything in." R.A. Dickey (7-9) gave up two runs and five hits over six innings. "Thats a perennial All-Star over there," Dickey said of Price. "You know when youre pitching against a guy like that you dont have a lot of margin for error." Toronto has not won a road series against Tampa Bay since April 2007, a span of 22 sets. "Please dont ask a question about the streak in Tampa," Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said as reporters entered his office after the game. Toronto has lost eight of 10 overall. Despite their recent struggles, the Blue Jays 49 wins at the All-Star break are their most since 2006. A win Sunday would have given them 50 victories before the break for the first time since 1992. The Rays took a 1-0 lead on a two-out single by Forsythe in the second. Tampa Bay went ahead 2-0 during the sixth thanks to a video replay. Yunel Escobar was thrown out trying to score from second by right fielder Jose Bautista on Molinas two-out single, but the call was overturned. Evan Longorias seventh-inning sacrifice fly made it 3-0. Dickey worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the third by striking out Brandon Guyer and getting a flyball from Escobar. The Rays are hitting .181 (13 for 72) with the bases loaded this season. NOTES: Tampa Bay activated McGee from the paternity list and optioned RHP Jeremy Hellickson to Double-A Montgomery. Hellickson is coming back from right elbow surgery in January, and the move will allow him to pitch Monday during the All-Star break. Maddon said Hellickson make a second start in the minors next weekend. ... Rays C Ryan Hanigan (sore left side) sat out his third consecutive game, while CF Desmond Jennings (bruised left knee) missed his second straight. ... Blue Jays SS Jose Reyes singled in the sixth and has a nine-game hitting streak. Penny Hardaway Jersey .Two San Francisco radio stations say they wont play the song during the duration of the World Series. A Kansas City, Missouri, station responded with plans to play the Grammy-winning track every hour from 7 a. Charles Barkley Jersey . Got Jacks? Pulling off a comeback for the ages, feisty Stephen F. Austin became the latest No. 12 seed to pull off an upset, tying the game on Desmond Haymons did-that-just-happen four-point play with 3.James Wade is happy to remain the forgotten man of the Premier League as he attempts to snatch a place in the season-ending play-offs. The 2009 champion sits in fifth place in the Premier League table ahead of tonights matches in Belfast, live on Sky Sports.Only leg difference separates Wade from the play-off positions and he has acquired six wins, the same number as Michael Van Gerwen, who The Machine defeated on the opening day of the campaign. But Wade is still ranked sixth by the bookies in the list of possible winners and admits he does not mind being overlooked as a serious title threat.When I won tournaments, no-one ever talked about me either, so it makes no difference to me really, he told Sky Sports. Ive got no pressure because I get overlooked and no-one expects it from me. If anything, its quite nice. James Wade You have got players who are raved and ranted about being second favourite for a tournament and some of them havent even won one. It takes a lot to win the first one. That first one is the hardest one.To be put below in the expectations for the betting, I quite like it if that makes sense, because it takes the pressure off me. Ive got no pressure because I get overlooked and no-one expects it from me. If anything, its quite nice.Years ago, it used to really bother me. But you get used to certain things and every player has got their own perceived character, their own judgement by the crowd, and by the bookmakers. Ive got mine and other people have got theirs. Its pantomime, but its real. It isnt pantomime. James Wade completed a sizzling 161 checkout on the bullseye in hhis match against Dave Chisnall Asked if he will receive credit for reaching the last night at The O2, he said: Probably not really, but if I can get there, thats the hard bit. Shaquille ONeal Jersey. Only if I lift the trophy and say hows that! Michael van Gerwen has replaced Phil Taylor as the sports top player World No 1 Van Gerwen has been forced to shoulder the burden of expectation after replacing Phil Taylor as the sports top player and Wade feels he is unfairly likened to the 16-time world champion.Its a long time to continue being the worlds best player. Hes done if for a year to 18 months. Longer than I thought he would, said Wade.Unfortunately, although he is the greatest player in the world at the moment, its sad that hes always going to be compared to Phil. Studd: Wades wonderful five Rodd Studd picks out five memorable wins by The Machine Its a shame really. No matter what player becomes world No 1 and wins a lot of titles, they are always going to be compared to Phil, until someone wins, I think 77 or 78 TV majors. Its not going to happen.The reason why Phil did that, is because the field wasnt as strong back then. Years ago he had one or two rivals and those one or two rivals werent as good as him anyway. Now everyone can raise that 100, 105 average. The Machine expects a thrilling end to the season Wade will stay firmly in contention with a win over Adrian Lewis tonight and is relishing the chance to upset the odds in the closing weeks of the campaign.Its good this year that there is a lot of people in the run-in, he said. Its good for the viewers and good for the players as well. No-one has run away with it, like previous winners.Phil is not that far away from everyone and most are round about the 13-point mark. Anything can happen between now and the end, anything.  Watch all of the Premier League action from night 11 in Belfast, starting at 7pm on Sky Sports 1. Also See: Mardles PL predictions Sky Live: PL darts MVG: Nothing to prove How to beat Van Gerwen 6-0 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ChinaCheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '