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CORTLAND, N.Y. -- Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are willing to wait a while on picking Mark Sanchez or Geno Smith as the starting quarterback. Not just for the regular season, but for the teams next preseason game Saturday night. "I think its too early to say," Ryan said Tuesday when asked if either is ahead right now. "And just to say, this guy is leading or whatever, again the competition is not complete. I think well go through the competition and Im confident the right decision will be made." As for this weekends home game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, both Ryan and offensive co-ordinator Marty Mornhinweg said there are "variables" involved, including Smiths recovery from a mild ankle sprain. Smith was injured in the teams preseason opener at Detroit last Friday night, but has not missed any practice time. Smith was able to move around the field with only occasional signs of a limp Tuesday. "I appreciate him pushing through that thing," Mornhinweg said. "Now, when youre nicked up, youve got to play well, as well. Otherwise, you might as well be in the doggone training room. And, hes done some good things this week even though hes gimping around just a little bit." Sanchez got the start in the opener, and it was generally expected that Smith would open the game against Jacksonville under centre so the Jets could get a good look at him. Thats not necessarily a given at this point, though, as Sanchez has gotten most of the first-team snaps this week. "There are a lot of variables in that," Mornhinweg said. "Some are depending on health, and some are depending on how they practice and some are depending on the big-picture plan tentatively set up before we started camp." Mornhinwegs comments echoed those of Ryan, who also earlier in the day insisted no decision had been made, and that Smiths health would be considered. The Jets also had two more full days of practice in Cortland before the game, so there was plenty of time to make a call. "Is it a factor? Certainly its a factor," Ryan said of Smiths ankle. "Is it the primary one? I dont know. A lot of factors go into it. Lets get to where we feel good about the decision and its a complete decision." Sanchez is not the most popular player in the eyes of many fans, who have grown impatient with his inconsistent play. Ryan insisted, however, that the potential for boos at home Saturday will "absolutely not" play a factor in the decision. "I certainly hope that we can move past it and we can focus on whats in front of us and give not just Mark, but all of us a fair shake," he said. "This is your football team, but you certainly have a right to do whatever you choose. If you want to boo whoever it is, our fans certainly have that right. To me, yeah, I absolutely hope that doesnt happen. "I hope that everybody is behind us 100 per cent." With the Jets undecided on this weeks starter, it makes sense that the team also is no closer to determining who will be under centre in Week 1 of the regular season against Tampa Bay on Sept. 8. During most quarterback competitions around the NFL, teams will make a decision heading into the third preseason game as most of the starters play into at least the third quarter. But, Ryan indicated theres a chance the Jets could still be waiting to make the call going into that game against the Giants. "We never put a timetable on it," he said. "Thats usually it, but its not set in stone that thats an absolute must, that that has to happen. We may still be in the evaluating stage for all the positions." When the Jets reported for camp in Cortland nearly three weeks ago, Ryan suggested it would be better to have one of the quarterbacks take the lead in the competition "sooner rather than later." There has been no clear-cut choice so far, through one preseason game, and Sanchez and Smith are still very much locked in a tight competition. Sanchez and Smith have both had their ups and downs throughout camp, but neither has been overly impressive. Sanchez started the preseason opener the same way he ended last season, making a maddening mistake as he threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown by Ziggy Ansah. "It cant happen again," Ryan said. "Theres no doubt." Sanchez bounced back in a big way and finished his three possessions with an impressive scoring drive that was capped by a touchdown pass to Jeff Cumberland. "Ive been proud of him on a couple of different occasions," Mornhinweg said of Sanchez, who had a rough start to the teams scrimmage two weeks ago but finished with a touchdown drive. Smith has also impressed the coaches at times, especially with his arm strength and quick rate of picking up the offence -- although he dipped a bit in recent practices. "I think hes certainly had his moments where hes looked great and not just the first week, but he looked good in the game," Ryan said. "He was 6-of-7 passing, so I dont know if thats it. Did he have a couple of rough days? Absolutely, but everybodys had some rough days." Mornhinweg also said he wasnt able to do much of an evaluation on Smith in the first game because he was focused on several aspects of the offence and not just the quarterback play. "He handled the huddle well, all those things," Mornhinweg said. "Probably looking back on it, it was probably a pretty good first experience. He got in, he completed a few balls and now hes got to push through this thing." Fake China Jerseys . He left in the 4th inning of Saturdays game against the Tigers after experiencing tightness. Reyes and the team still hope that he will be ready for Opening Day in Tampa Bay in one week. 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The 33-year-old right-hander was 1-2 with a 7.HOUSTON -- It had been so long since Tampa Bay ace David Price got a win that it was almost 20 minutes after Sundays game when he remembered exactly when it was. Price shook off a tough start to strike out 10, pinch-hitter Jerry Sands broke three bats while singling home the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the Rays beat the creative Houston Astros 4-3. Price (5-6) allowed homers to Dexter Fowler and Matt Dominguez in the first inning. He left after the eighth and got his first win since May 13. He had gone five starts without a win, which was one shy of a career high. "I didnt remember my last win until about five minutes ago," Price said. "I think that was three road trips ago. Its been rough. That was big. Hopefully it can get us going in the right direction." It was the 20th career double-digit strikeout game for Price, setting a Tampa Bay record. "Its cool," he said. "I didnt know that. I didnt know I was one away." It is the sixth time he has fanned at least 10 this season, which is the most in the majors and ties his career high set in 2011. For the second time in a week, Astros manager Bo Porter moved reliever Tony Sipp to left field, then brought him back to pitch. There was a brief delay as the umpires huddled after Porters strategy. "We felt like at that juncture of the game, it was the best move to give us an opportunity to win the game," Porter said of the manoeuvr. "It gave us an opportunity to mount a comeback against a one-run lead rather than a bigger deficit." Tampa Bay, which has the worst record in the majors at 27-43, won a series for the first time since a three-game sweep at Boston on May 23-25. "Its great to do that," manager Joe Maddon said. "We need to start winning series." Matt Joyce singled to start the eighth and Jerome Williams (1-3) plunked Yunel Escobar. Sands then broke two bats on foul balls before shredding a third one on his hit to left field. Sands was asked if all of the bats he used were his or if he had to borrow one. "Yes (but) we had to dig deep," he said. "It was pretty crazy. I dont think Ive ever broken two in an at-bat, but three on three consecutive swings was pretty crazy." Jake McGee pitched a scoreless ninth for his firrst save.dddddddddddd Escobar had two hits and two RBIs for the Rays. Price gave up a leadoff homer for the first time in his career when Fowler sent his 79 mph curveball into the Crawford Boxes in left field. That ball crashed off an LED video ad board, breaking it for the rest of the game. The Astros connected again three batters later on Dominguezs two-out shot to left-centre. James Loney and Ben Zobrist singled to start the second before David DeJesus walked. Brad Peacock walked Escobar with one out, making it 2-1. Fowler doubled in the third inning and scored on a two-out single by Jesus Guzman to extend the lead to 3-1. DeJesus walked with no outs in the fourth inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Escobar to cut the lead to 3-2. Williams replaced Darin Downs with one out in the sixth inning and he was greeted with a single by Escobar. Jose Molina singled and Desmond Jennings grounded into a force play that left Molina out at second. Jennings was initially ruled out, too, for a double play, but Maddon challenged the play and it was overturned, giving the Rays a run that made it 3-all. Soon after Sands tiebreaking hit, Porter shuttled Sipp from the mound to the outfield. Maddon came out and talked to the umpires for a minute before play resumed. Sipp returned to get the first two outs of the ninth. Evan Longoria doubled with one out in the fifth before Houston rookie George Springer robbed Loney of extra bases when he made a running, over-the-shoulder catch on his fly ball just in front of the bullpen in right-centre. NOTES: Astros 2B Jose Altuve was out of the lineup for his third straight game after being hit on the right hand with a pitch on Thursday night. He pinch-hit in the ninth and grounded out. ... The Astros put RHP Josh Fields on the 15-day disabled list with soreness in his right forearm and recalled RHP Paul Clemens from Triple-A Oklahoma City. ... Houston agreed to terms on a minor league contract with RHP Jose Veras on Sunday. He will report to the Astros spring training complex before going to Oklahoma City. ... The fathers of Houston pitchers Dallas Keuchel, Jarred Cosart and Josh Zeid each threw out a ceremonial first pitch to their sons on Sunday to celebrate Fathers Day. ' ' '