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Price fans 10, Avila HRs in 12th, Tigers top Yanks

By BEN WALKER
AP Baseball Writer
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NEW YORK (AP) David Price gave his new team a chance to win. Later, his catcher delivered the deciding stroke.

Price struck out 10 in his Detroit debut and was long gone when Alex Avila homered in the 12th inning to lift the Tigers over the New York Yankees 4-3 Tuesday night.

''Happy it's over and happy we won,'' Price said. ''Finally feel part of the team.''

Price pitched 8 2-3 innings and left with the score 3-all.

The AL Central leaders got Price from Tampa Bay last Thursday in a three-team deal minutes before the trading deadline. The lefty ace got to keep his No. 14 - center fielder Austin Jackson, who wore it with the Tigers, was sent to Seattle in the big swap.

Price leads the majors in strikeouts (199) and innings (179 1-3).

''He really looked exactly like he did in Tampa, except he had the Tiger uniform,'' manager Brad Ausmus said.

Bushy bearded Joba Chamberlain relieved Price, and the crowd booed the formerly clean-shaven Yankees reliever.

''I was a little worried about him being amped up, being in New York,'' Ausmus said.

Chamberlain got four outs without permitting a hit.

''I didn't know what to expect,'' he said. ''I definitely had to take a couple of deep breaths.''

The Yankees are in the midst of facing Detroit's three Cy Young Award winners. They edged Max Scherzer on Monday, and will next see Justin Verlander on Wednesday night.

Avila homered with one out off Matt Daley (0-1).

Joakim Soria (2-4) got the win. Joe Nathan earned his 23rd save in 28 tries, retiring Chase Headley on a leadoff drive that was caught at the right-field wall.

''Two strikes, you know, you're not taking a full-blown normal swing. But, yeah, I felt I got enough of it that it had a chance. Unfortunately, it came up just short,'' Headley said.

This was the Yankees' 16th straight game decided by two or fewer runs, and they're 9-7 in that span. It's the longest such streak in the majors since a 16-game stretch by Baltimore in 1975, the team said in citing the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tigers outfielder Torii Hunter exited with a bruised left hand after being hit by a pitch from Dellin Betances in the ninth. Hunter was listed as day-to-day.

''You always think the worst,'' he said, his hand bandaged. ''I thought it was broke.''

Brian McCann and Martin Prado hit solo home runs for the Yankees, who had won three in a row.

The Tigers tied it at 3 in the seventh, helped by some smart swinging by Victor Martinez. The cleanup man led off by hitting an easy grounder to the uncovered left side of the Yankees' overshifted infield for a single and scored on a two-out single by Avila.

Andrew Romine homered in the Detroit sixth.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Tigers: Shortstop Eugenio Suarez didn't play, a day after spraining his left knee while sliding into second base on a steal. Ausmus said there's a chance Suarez could play Wednesday.

Yankees: First baseman Mark Teixeira went 0 for 5. He was a late scratch Monday when felt lightheaded. ... Left-hander CC Sabathia says doctors took out a bone chip they found in his knee when they did season-ending surgery last week. He'll soon get a stem-cell injection. He expects to ready for spring training.

ON DECK

Verlander (10-9, 4.66 ERA) starts against Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.50 ERA). Verlander is 0-2 in five regular-season starts at the new Yankee Stadium. No telling if his special fan will be in the stands - Verlander flipped a ball to supermodel Kate Upton on Monday night, but she wasn't sitting in her seat behind the Tigers dugout Tuesday.

JOBA THE BEARD

Yankees manager Joe Girardi got a good look at Chamberlain, saying, ''his beard is quite large.'' Girardi said he asked if Chamberlain ever found anything hidden in the bushy growth and the pitcher told him: ''Sometimes, guys try to sneak seeds in there.''

SPIKED

With a runner on second and one out in the seventh, Brendan Ryan hit a soft liner that Kinsler caught. Kinsler pivoted and tried to throw to second for a double play, but slipped and tossed the ball straight into the ground. Fortunately for the Tigers, it went right to first baseman Miguel Cabrera.

 
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Players of the Game
Detroit

A. Avila
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
New York

M. Prado
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Rajai Davis, CF-LF6110020.301.340.427
Ian Kinsler, 2B5000011.288.320.434
Miguel Cabrera, 1B5010020.311.369.524
Victor Martinez, DH4121000.324.383.568
   Don Kelly, PR-DH0000000.255.333.300
Torii Hunter, RF3000012.271.308.455
   Ezequiel Carrera, PR-CF0000000.250.400.500
J.D. Martinez, LF-RF5000014.312.353.583
Nick Castellanos, 3B5010021.259.308.399
Alex Avila, C5122000.220.322.372
Andrew Romine, SS5111012.212.266.267
David Price, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joba Chamberlain, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joakim Soria, P0000000.000.000.000
   Joe Nathan, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals43484010    
Batting
HR - Alex Avila (8, Daley), Andrew Romine (2, Kuroda)
SF - Victor Martinez (6)
RBI - Victor Martinez (66), Alex Avila 2 (31), Andrew Romine (7)
2-OUT RBI - Alex Avila (10)
SB - Victor Martinez (3, 2nd base off Hill/McCann)
Team LOB - 6
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price 8.28330102 3.11
Joba Chamberlain 1.1000020 2.93
Joakim Soria (W,2-4) 1000000 3.65
Joe Nathan (S,23) 1000000 5.31
HBP - Jeter (by Joba Chamberlain)
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 112-78, Joba Chamberlain 26-14, Joakim Soria 13-8, Joe Nathan 9-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 10-6, Joba Chamberlain 2-0, Joakim Soria 1-2
Batters Faced - David Price 34, Joba Chamberlain 5, Joakim Soria 3, Joe Nathan 3
New York (A.L.) Yankees
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLG
Brett Gardner, LF4000011.283.361.463
Derek Jeter, SS4010001.277.330.333
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF5021012.277.340.404
Mark Teixeira, 1B5000012.229.331.448
Carlos Beltran, DH4010020.248.306.443
   Ichiro Suzuki, PR-DH1000000.271.320.317
Brian McCann, C5111011.236.291.376
Chase Headley, 3B5000021.232.299.355
Martin Prado, RF5121021.270.317.375
Brendan Ryan, 2B3110011.206.247.250
   a-Stephen Drew, PH-2B2000010.177.258.327
Hiroki Kuroda, P0000000.000.000.000
   Dellin Betances, P0000000.000.000.000
   Shawn Kelley, P0000000.000.000.000
   David Huff, P0000000.333.333.333
   Esmil Rogers, P0000000.000.000.000
   Rich Hill, P0000000.000.000.000
   Matt Daley, P0000000.000.000.000
Totals43383012    
a-struck out for Ryan in the 10th
Batting
2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (23, Price), Martin Prado (18, Price), Brendan Ryan (3, Price)
HR - Brian McCann (12, Price), Martin Prado (6, Price)
SH - Brett Gardner (8)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (51), Brian McCann (47), Martin Prado (43)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (20)
SB - Ichiro Suzuki (7, 2nd base off Chamberlain/Avila)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
PB - Brian McCann (8)
New York (A.L.) Yankees
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Hiroki Kuroda 7633051 3.97
Dellin Betances 1.1000020 1.46
Shawn Kelley 0.2000000 3.22
David Huff 0.2000000 3.89
Esmil Rogers 1100020 5.84
Rich Hill 0000000 0.00
Matt Daley (L,0-1) 1.1111011 5.02
HBP - Hunter (by Dellin Betances), Carrera (by Rich Hill)
Pitches-Strikes - Hiroki Kuroda 91-58, Dellin Betances 18-11, Shawn Kelley 6-3, David Huff 12-7, Esmil Rogers 18-14, Rich Hill 4-1, Matt Daley 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Hiroki Kuroda 6-10, Dellin Betances 1-1, Shawn Kelley 2-0, David Huff 2-0, Esmil Rogers 1-0, Matt Daley 1-2
Batters Faced - Hiroki Kuroda 27, Dellin Betances 5, Shawn Kelley 2, David Huff 2, Esmil Rogers 4, Rich Hill 1, Matt Daley 5
Game Information
Attendance - 40078
Game Time - 4:11
Temperature - 80
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Tom Woodring, Second Base - Mark Wegner, Third Base - Mike Winters