OAKLAND, Calif. -

Left-hander Drew Smyly will make his first start for the Rays on Tuesday night against Oakland, five days after coming to Tampa Bay from the Detroit Tigers as part of a three-team trade that cost his new team ace David Price.

"I guess you could say you're a little nervous going into it," Smyly said Monday before the Rays' 3-2, 10-inning loss to Oakland. "You have those butterflies like your first game of the season almost. You want to make a good impression your first game. So hopefully I do well.

"When I played here earlier with the Tigers, it was probably my worst game of the year. So I also have that chip to try to come back against Oakland because I want to prove that I can beat these guys. It's a big game. It's going to be exciting. I'm looking forward to it."

Smyly gave up a season-high six runs on eight hits over five innings in the Tigers' 10-0 loss at the O.co Coliseum on May 26. He allowed four home runs in the first three innings, one each to Brandon Moss, Josh Donaldson, Kyle Blanks and Yoenis Cespedes.

"They've got a great lineup," Smyly said. "We played them a lot over the last few years with the Tigers, last two years in the playoffs. ... It's going to be a tough job. If you execute your pitches, you're going to be fine. I'm definitely glad that Cespedes is out of the lineup. That's a plus.

"I'm very anxious to get that first game under my belt. Hopefully I can make a good impression for all these guys on the team, the coaches. Just got to go out there and do the best you can."

The A's traded Cespedes to the Boston Red Sox last week as part of a deal for left-hander Jon Lester and outfielder Jonny Gomes.

Smyly took Price's place in the Tampa Bay rotation, but he knows he can't truly fill in for the four-time All-Star.

"I don't look at it as I'm replacing David," Smyly said. "You're not going to replace David Price. He's going to be one of the best on any team he goes to. I'm just here to try to do the best I can. The Rays made the trade. They wanted me, so I'm going to do the best I can and try to learn from them and get better every game. I don't look at it as trying to replace David at all."

Rays manager Joe Maddon said he just wants Smyly to be himself.

"That's who we are anyway," Maddon said. "I just want our guys to be themselves and play their game. David's been a Cy Young Award winner. Maybe Drew can do that some day. I don't know. He's been good. He's been really good."