David Price surrenders nine consecutive hits to the Yankees in the worst start of his career

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The Tigers entered play Wednesday night trailing the Royals by 1 1/2 games in the American League Central standings and were hoping to get another strong start from trade deadline acquisition David Price, who tossed eight innings of one-hit ball last week in Tampa Bay. Price did not come through.

The left-hander held the Yankees scoreless through the first two innings, but New York rattled off nine consecutive hits to open the top of the third inning, eventually charging Price with eight earned runs.

Here’s the inning recap from Yahoo’s box score:

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It was the shortest — and worst — outing of Price’s illustrious major league career and he drew boos from the Comerica Park crowd after he was lifted in the third. Price has been mostly dominant since joining Detroit in a three-team trade on July 31, but Wednesday’s blowup launched his Tigers ERA to 4.41.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.