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:
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.
David Price since July 31: 4.41 ERA, 1.10 WHIP in 32 2/3 IP Drew Smyly since July 31: 1.50 ERA, 0.69 WHIP in 36 IP
— Drew Silva (@drewsilv) August 28, 2014