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'Miscommunication' leaves Tigers short pitcher in 7th

Chris McCosky
The Detroit News

Detroit — A miscommunication.

That was the consensus after the Tigers' 5-4 win Sunday as to why no Tigers pitcher came out to take the mound in the top of the seventh inning.

After an awkward and confusing delay — the pace of play clock long expired — reliever Alex Wilson came trotting in from the bullpen.

So, what happened?

"It was a miscommunication on everybody's part," Price said. "I'll take the blame for it. That's fine with me."

Manager Brad Ausmus put it this way:

"I thought (Price) was still in and he thought he was done. That was the miscommunication."

Price was at 99 pitches and trailing 4-0. He went 114 pitches in his previous start and as many 120 in a start this season. The six innings was the shortest, non-rain delayed outing since he couldn't get out of the third against the Yankees on May 22.

Yet, Price was already in the clubhouse with his uniform off when the Tigers took the field in the seventh.

"I was up here doing arm exercises," he said. "Ver (Justin Verlander) ran up the tunnel and said you are still in the game. And I said, 'No I'm not. I've got zero uniform on right now.'

"That's never happened to me before. But you can put it on me. I am fine with it."

Alex Wilson, who had been warming up the previous inning, came on finally and pitched 1.2 scoreless innings.

"I had got hot the inning before, which helped a lot," Wilson said. "But I was unaware that I was actually going to start the inning. Minor detail in the long run, but I was ready to go. Luckily for me, I'm a guy that can quickly get loose.

"I ran out there and was able to get the job done."

It was nice, he said, to be able to pick up a pitcher like Price, who has done most of the heavy lifting for the rotation this season.

"I thought he made great pitches today, he just wasn't rewarded for them," Wilson said. "David Price is going to be David Price. He's a stud, ace, you want him on the mound for you no matter what."