Final in 12
Series tied 1-1 (as of 8/5)
|Game 1: Monday, August 4|
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|Game 2: Tuesday, August 5|
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|Game 3: Wednesday, August 6|
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|Game 4: Thursday, August 7|
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7:05 PM ET, August 5, 2014
Yankee Stadium, New York, New York
David Price strikes out 10 in his Detroit debut; Tigers top Yanks in 12
NEW YORK -- David Price gave his new team a chance to win. Later, his catcher delivered the deciding stroke.
"Happy it's over, and happy we won," Price said. "Finally feel part of the team."
Price pitched 8 2/3 innings and left with the score 3-all.
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David Price wasn't as dominant as he has been against the Yankees, but in pitching into the ninth and showing good stuff, he's a Tigers ace among many aces. Story
The AL Central leaders got Price from Tampa Bay the past Thursday in a three-team deal minutes before the tradeg deadline. The lefty ace got to keep his No. 14; center fielder Austin Jackson, who wore it with the Tigers, was sent to Seattle in the swap. Price leads the majors in strikeouts (199) and innings (179 1/3).
"He really looked exactly like he did in Tampa, except he had the Tiger uniform," manager Brad Ausmus said.
Bushy bearded Joba Chamberlain relieved Price, and the crowd booed the formerly clean-shaven, former Yankees reliever.
"I was a little worried about him being amped up -- being in New York," Ausmus said.
Chamberlain got four outs without permitting a hit.
"I didn't know what to expect," he said. "I definitely had to take a couple of deep breaths."
Avila homered with one out off Matt Daley (0-1). Joakim Soria (2-4) got the win. Joe Nathan earned his 23rd save in 28 tries by retiring Chase Headley on a leadoff drive that was caught at the right-field wall.
"Two strikes, you know, you're not taking a full-blown normal swing," Headley said. "But yeah, I felt I got enough of it that it had a chance. Unfortunately, it came up just short."
This was the Yankees' 16th straight game decided by two or fewer runs. They're 9-7 in that span. It's the longest such streak in the majors since a 16-game stretch by Baltimore in 1975, the team said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.
"You always think the worst," he said with his hand bandaged. "I thought it was broke."
The Tigers tied it at 3 in the seventh, helped by some smart swinging by Victor Martinez. The cleanup man led off by hitting an easy grounder to the uncovered left side of the Yankees' over-shifted infield for a single, then scored on a two-out single by Avila. Andrew Romine homered in the Detroit sixth.
Tigers: Shortstop Eugenio Suarez didn't play the day after spraining his left knee while sliding into second base on a steal. Ausmus said there's a chance Suarez could play Wednesday.
Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira went 0-for-5. He was a late scratch Monday because he felt lightheaded. ... Left-hander CC Sabathia says doctors took out a bone chip they found in his knee when they did season-ending surgery last week. He'll soon get a stem-cell injection. He expects to ready for spring training.
Verlander (10-9, 4.66 ERA) starts against Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.50 ERA). Verlander is 0-2 in five regular-season starts at the new Yankee Stadium. There's no telling if his special fan will be in the stands -- Verlander flipped a ball to supermodel Kate Upton on Monday night, but she wasn't sitting in her seat behind the Tigers dugout Tuesday.
JOBA THE BEARD
Yankees manager Joe Girardi got a good look at Chamberlain and said "his beard is quite large." Girardi said he asked Chamberlain if he's ever found anything hidden in the bushy growth and the pitcher told him: "Sometimes, guys try to sneak seeds in there."
With a runner on second and one out in the seventh, Brendan Ryan hit a soft liner that Kinsler caught. Kinsler pivoted and tried to throw to second for a double play but slipped and tossed the ball straight into the ground. Fortunately for the Tigers, it went right to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 05: David Price #14 of the Detroit Tigers pitches in the first inning against the New York...(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Regular Season Series
|1st||V Martinez hit sacrifice fly to left, R Davis scored.||1||0|
|2nd||B McCann homered to right (357 feet).||1||1|
|3rd||J Ellsbury doubled to left, B Ryan scored.||1||2|
|5th||M Prado homered to left (400 feet).||1||3|
|6th||A Romine homered to right (345 feet).||2||3|
|7th||A Avila singled to right, V Martinez scored, N Castellanos to second.||3||3|
|12th||A Avila homered to right center (411 feet).||4||3|
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|Stadium||Yankee Stadium, New York, NY|
|Attendance||40,078 (81.5% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||80 degrees, clear|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Winters|
The Tigers and Yankees played a 12-inning game without a walk being issued by either team... It's the 1st game in which both teams pitched at least 12 innings without a walk since July 25, 1917, when the Brooklyn Dodgers beat the Pittsburgh Pirates in 13 innings with no walks in the game.
- Most Consecutive Games Decided by 2 Runs or Fewer
Alex Avila: 1st Tigers player to hit regular-season HR in 12th inning or later vs Yankees since Lou Whitaker in 1984
David Price is allowing a .735 OPS in plate appearances that end with a changeup down in the zone in 2014, which is 200 points higher than the league average among qualified starters. Since the beginning of 2012, Mark Teixeira has an OPS of .817 in plate appearances ending with a changeup down in the zone, which is 254 points above the league average among qualified hitters.
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