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Dickey to start Game 4; Price available out of bullpen

Mark L. Baer / USA Today Sports / Reuters

The Toronto Blue Jays are pulling out all the stops as they face elimination.

Toronto discussed using ace David Price out of the bullpen in Game 3 on Sunday against the Texas Rangers, though manager John Gibbons said it's unlikely it happens.

"If we need him, we could, if it came down to it. I wouldn't necessarily count on it, but it could happen," Gibbons told reporters.

While Gibbons was non-committal on ruling out any pitcher from making an appearance in a potential elimination game, he did confirm that R.A. Dickey will remain the scheduled starter for a potential Game 4.

"Nobody in there thinks we have an insurmountable mountain we can't climb," Dickey said of the 2-0 series deficit.

Though Price won't get the start on short rest for Monday's potential game he did, however, acknowledge that he's ready to take the ball whenever he's called.

"I want to close tonight, start tomorrow and start Game 5." Price joked.

With left-hander Brett Cecil out for the remainder of the season after tearing his calf, the Blue Jays are desperately in need of left-handed arms in the bullpen; Aaron Loup is the team's only remaining option.

Toronto replaced Cecil on the postseason roster with right-hander Ryan Tepera, who has good splits against left-handed hitters.

Price, 30, struggled in Game 1 of the series, allowing five earned runs in seven innings of work. He is now just 1-6 with a 4.79 ERA for his career in the postseason, with his lone playoff win coming in a relief role as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in the 2008 American League Championship Series.

"I need to redeem myself," Price said. "I'm going to."

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