Price deal arms Tigers for World Series run

Wed Aug 6, 2014 5:00pm EDT
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By Larry Fine

(Reuters) - Adding another Cy Young hurler in David Price to the Tigers' already stellar rotation provided a jolt of energy and optimism in Detroit's bid for their first World Series crown in 30 years.

"It's like a B-12 shot, it kind of pumps you up and rejuvenates you," Detroit outfielder Torii Hunter told Reuters from the visitors' clubhouse at Yankee Stadium about the trade that brought the 2012 American League Cy Young Award winner to Motown from Tampa Bay last week.

Price joined fellow Cy Young winners Justin Verlander (2011) and Max Scherzer (2013) in Detroit's starting rotation, giving the American League Central-leading Tigers the last three pitchers to be named best in the league.

While baseball historians debate how Detroit's staff stands up to other great rotations, the youngest member of the starting corps cautioned against taking past success for granted.

"You don't win a championship ... on paper, you win it on the field," said 25-year-old Rick Porcello, Detroit's least heralded starter despite an impressive 13-5 record this season.

For the hosting Yankees, the series was a case of another day, another Cy Young winner to face as Price pitched on Tuesday following Scherzer's series-opening assignment, with Verlander slated to go on Wednesday.

"I'm not sure I've ever heard of three Cy Young winners right on top of each other like that," said Yankees center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury.

New York split the opening two games with Detroit winning Price's start 4-3 in 12 innings. The hard-throwing lefty struck out 10 and walked none over 8 2/3 innings in his Tigers debut.   Continued...

Aug 5, 2014; Bronx, NY, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price (14) pitches during the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium. Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports