The road trip couldn't begin fast enough. The Rays gave up against the Indians with about three innings left Sunday, starters being pulled for early showers, moving on to weightier matters, like whether to get steak or chicken on the plane to Texas.


The Rays lost so badly to Cleveland, 13-0, that they officially eliminated the Lightning from the playoffs.


But it was who led the way — now, there's a real concern.


Really, is it ever too early to wonder about your prize-winning ace?


David Price received his 2012 Cy Young Award on the field before Saturday night's game. He had something else handed to him Sunday.


He's two starts in and two starts off, 0-1 with a — wait for it — 8.18 ERA. He was rocked by Cleveland, a team he has owned, giving up a pair of three-run homers and a career-high eight earned runs. In short, Sunday definitely did not pass the Astro sniff test.


The Rays' 3-3 start is one thing, and so is the 10-game road swing that begins tonight in Texas, then goes through Boston and Baltimore, and so is 20 out of the next 26 away from home, in fact. But Price getting rocked, shaky for a second consecutive start to start the season, the velocity not quite there, 11 innings, 17 hits, five walks, 22 base runners, now there's something to worry about.


“He's just not been as frisky as we normally see him,” Rays manager Joe Maddon said. “We just need to be patient. … I'm not reading into anything.”


On get-away day, Price didn't get away with anything, beginning with that fat pitch Indians DH Mark Reynolds crushed 419 feet to dead center for three runs and a 4-0 Cleveland lead in the third.