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Do the Rays have an Ace? Do they need one?

David Price won his 10th game last night, becoming the first pitcher in the American League to reach 10 wins this season and emerging as the most likely candidate to become the first 20 game winner in Rays franchise history.

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But Price was hardly dominant in reaching that 10th win.

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He threw 113 pitches in only five innings and was in and out of trouble most of the night, allowing eight hits and three walks along with his seven strikeouts.

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In this season (so far) of pitching dominance, the performances of Dallas Braden, Roy Halladay, Armando Galarraga and Stephen Strasburg have put the spotlight on pitchers who can just go out and blow the other team's line-up away.

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So far, no Rays starter has had a performance like that this season, including Price.

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Still, his ERA is only 2.31 and there are those 10 wins.

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So is he the Rays ace, their stopper?

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Or is that even a role that needs to be defined on a staff of five pretty solid starters, any one of whom could stand toe-to-toe with a Roy Halladay on a given night?

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If you were the Rays manager and the next series was against the Texas Rangers in the playoffs, who would get the start in Game 1?

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