Price not likely to repeat last Comerica outing vs. Yankees

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News
The Tigers have won all three of David Price's starts this season.

Detroit -- David Price, who will start for the Tigers Wednesday, has hit the delete button on what happened the last time he faced the Yankees at Comerica Park.

"What happened?" he said. "I don't know what you are talking about."

Can't blame him. He allowed nine straight hits in the third inning, the worst outing of his career, on Aug. 27.

"That was, ah, it was crazy," he said.

It was an anomaly and not one he wants to revisit, verbally or ever again on the baseball field. And the way he's pitched to start this season, a repeat of that nightmare seems unfathomable. He has allowed one earned run in three starts, striking out 20 and walking five in 22.1 innings.

The Tigers have won all three of his starts, but he's only gotten one decision.

"That's the way it is when you are the Opening Day guy," he said. "You match up against everybody else's No. 1. That's the way it goes. I could be 1-2. The most important thing is we are 3-0 in games I started.

"That's what matters. That's what they're going to talk about at the end of the year. They are going to talk about how your team fared on the days you took the hill."

V-Mart starts vs. RHP

There was some question about whether designated hitter Victor Martinez would play against right-handed pitching. The question was answered, at least on Tuesday night.

Martinez, who still isn't completely recovered from left knee surgery, got the start against right-hander Nathan Eovaldi.

"He said he feels good," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He actually looked a lot better yesterday than he did the day before."

There was concern because the left leg is weight-bearing when he bats left-handed. He had looked uncomfortable on some of his recent left-handed swings.

"I know every time I come to the ballpark I'm going to play," Martinez said after the game Monday. "They know the day I can't play, I can't play. But every time I come to the ballpark I'm expecting to play."

Ausmus was asked about the possibility of Martinez batting right-handed against right-handed pitching.

"He will not hit right-handed against right-handers," Ausmus said. "At least as it stands now, that's not going to happen."

Sports science

The play that Jose Iglesias made to get speedy Brett Gardner in the sixth inning Monday deserves further study – at least Price thinks so.

"They don't understand how hard that is," he said. "Even if that ball is hit right at you, it's still a tough out with Gardner running. To go into the 6-hole (deep shortstop) and throw the ball the way he did, that's just insane.

"I want to know how hard that is. I really hope Sports Science does that. People don't get it. They don't understand the degree of difficulty on that play. It's cold, windy, wet -- it's a joke."

Short hop

Talk about putting a damper on a positive stat. The Tigers have allowed fewer than two runs in six of seven home games this season. According to Elias, they are only the second Major League team to do that in the last 80 years. The other – the 1999 Tigers. That team, which featured Ausmus as the catcher and starting pitchers Willie Blair, Jeff Weaver, Justin Thompson and Dave Mlicki, went 4-3 in their home streak, which occurred after the team started the season 1-6 on the road.

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