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12 innings, no walks, either side

David Price’s Tigers debut is going to go down as one of the most anticipated August games in Tigers history. His performance — 8.2 innings, three runs, no walks and 10 strikeouts — lived up to his billing as an efficient strike-thrower.

For that reason, too, the game is going to go down in history. Not only did Price avoid walking anyone, so did the three relievers that followed him, including closer Joe Nathan. So did the eight Yankees that pitched in the game.

How rare is that: For a 12-inning game, it’s the first such game in nearly a century.

Credit ESPN Stats and Information with the stat last night:

A little research on baseball-reference found the specific game: The Dodgers beat the Pirates in 13 innings, 4-3, on July 25, 1917 at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh. Then-youngster Burleigh Grimes pitched 9 1/3 innings of 11-hit ball with two earned runs and four strikeouts. Sherry Smith earned the win for Brooklyn with five innings of one-hit scoreless relief.

 

Rk Tm Opp Date #Matching CG SHO SV IP H ER HR BB SO
1 DET NYY 2014-08-05 2 0 0 1 24.0 16 7 4 0 22
2 BRO PIT 1917-07-25 2 0 0 0 26.0 19 5 1 0 9
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 8/6/2014.

The fact that the Yankees used so many pitchers raises another historic question: What’s the record for number of pitchers in a game to not issue a walk? The answer is that last night’s game wasn’t even close. Three other games this season have featured more pitchers who didn’t issue a walk than the 11 used by the Tigers and Yankees Tuesday. The Mariners and Angels had a 16-inning game just a few weeks ago that used 17 pitchers, 13 of which didn’t issue a walk.

 

Tuesday’s lineups: Tigers at Yankees

Eugenio Suarez remains out after leaving last night’s game, though reports out of the Bronx suggest he might not miss as much time as initially feared. The fact that Suarez didn’t go on the DL and Hernan Perez wasn’t rushed in is a fairly good sign.

Meanwhile, Ezequiel Carrera returns to the bench after his highlight catch Monday night. The Yankees have another righty on the mound with Hiroki Kuroda, but it’s a better matchup for Davis, not because of the lefty-righty splits but because of the history (5-for-16). If the last couple days are the template for how Davis will be used against right-handers, then it’s safer to describe him as the regular starter in center fielder than to call him a platoon player.

Oh, and this new pitcher Price is starting for the Detroiters. He has a little bit of history with the Yankees.

TIGERS (career numbers off Kuroda)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (5-for-16, double, HR, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (3-for-14, HR, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (5-for-12, double, 2 HR, 2 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (0-for-3, K)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (0-for-7, 2 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF (1-for-3)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C (1-for-6, HR, 2 K’s)
  9. Andrew Romine, SS

P: David Price

YANKEES (career numbers against Price)

  1. Brett Gardner, LF (2-for-17, 4 walks, 4 K’s)
  2. Derek Jeter, SS (18-for-59, 3 doubles, 2 HR, 8 walks, 8 K’s)
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (15-for-48, 4 doubles, 2 triples, HR, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (11-for-50, 2 doubles, 3 HR, 5 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Carlos Beltran, DH (1-for-9, 2 K’s)
  6. Brian McCann, C (4-for-8, 2 HR, walk)
  7. Chase Headley, 3B
  8. Martin Prado, RF (2-for-6, 2 K’s)
  9. Brendan Ryan, 2B (1-for-3, 2 K’s)

P: Hiroki Kuroda

Monday’s lineups: Tigers at Yankees

After three consecutive matchups against Rockies left-handers, the Tigers are scheduled to face three right-handers over their four-game series with the Yankees, starting tonight with Brandon McCarthy (who’s allowing a .311 average to left-handed hitters this year). That means the long-awaited first Tigers start for Ezequiel Carrera, who came up from Triple-A Toledo to take Austin Jackson’s roster spot and watched Rajai Davis tear up Rockies pitching before entering as a late-inning defensive replacement. Carrera will bat second, with Ian Kinsler leading off, which means Carrera and Cabrera will be back-to-back on your scorecard. Adjust accordingly.

The righty-lefty splits also result in a game for Don Kelly at third base, and a day off for Nick Castellanos, who went 1-for-12 with four strikeouts against Colorado this past weekend.

Brett Gardner comes into this series red-hot, having just won AL Player of the Week honors by going 11-for-23 with five homers last week. However, he’s 0-for-14 with five strikeouts lifetime against Max Scherzer. One of these trends is going to break tonight.

TIGERS (career numbers off McCarthy)

  1. Ian Kinsler, 2B (4-for-18, double, 2 walks, 2 K’s)
  2. Ezequiel Carrera, CF (1-for-3, walk, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (4-for-13, 2 doubles, 3 walks, 3 K’s)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (7-for-21, 4 doubles, HR, 3 walks, 4 K’s)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (8-for-16, 3 doubles, HR, walk, 3 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF
  7. Don Kelly, 3B (3-for-8, double, triple, 2 K’s)
  8. Alex Avila, C (2-for-11, 2 K’s)
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Max Scherzer

YANKEES (career numbers against Scherzer)

  1. Brett Gardner, LF (0-for-14, 2 walks, 5 K’s)
  2. Derek Jeter, SS (5-for-16, 2 walks, 3 K’s)
  3. Jacoby Ellsbury, CF (6-for-13, double, HR, 5 walks, 2 K’s)
  4. Mark Teixeira, 1B (3-for-19, double, HR, walk, 5 K’s)
  5. Carlos Beltran, DH (0-for-0, walk)
  6. Brian McCann, C (0-for-5, 4 walks, 3 K’s)
  7. Chase Headley, 3B (3-for-12, 2 walks, 4 K’s)
  8. Stephen Drew, 2B (3-for-19, 2 doubles, walk, 8 K’s)
  9. Martin Prado, RF (2-for-3, double)

P: Brandon McCarthy

Analyzing Anibal’s fastball

Anibal Sanchez was barely a teenager when the Braves had their run of success with the Big Three rotation of Maddux, Glavine and Smoltz, but he was around to see them at the end of their careers.

“I’m a big follower of Greg Maddux,” he said. “To me, he’s one of the best pitchers, a guy that throws 84-85 with nasty command. That’s unbelievable. I faced Smoltz when I was with the Marlins early in my career. In ’06 I had the opportunity to face him. You just think about when this guy was 10 years younger.”

Sanchez’s game is different than either one of those guys. He throws way harder than Maddux, but he’s not as overpowering as Smoltz. But when Sanchez is on, there’s a simplicity to his pitching.

“He never throws anything straight,” Victor Martinez said.

When he’s on, even his fastball isn’t straight. When it moves like Sunday, he barely has to throw anything else.

The numbers from brooksbaseball.net and MLB.com Gameday are scary. Sixty-one of Sanchez’s 117 pitches were fastballs, averaging just under 94 mph, topping out at 96. He threw 42 of 61 fastballs for strikes. Rockies hitters swung at 32 of them — and missed 16 times. The only one they put in play was Brandon Barnes’ line-drive single in the seventh. That leaves 15 fastballs fouled off.

Think about that: 61 fastballs, one put in play. Colorado put more curveballs (3), sliders (4) and splitters (3) in play, according to the data, than fastballs.

“My last game, I feel like I had more life out of my fastball,” Sanchez said, “and today I used it all the time, executing until the guys can make contact. So I don’t try to throw a couple fastballs and go to the other pitch. I just keep my fastball, keep it on the corners, and I used it all the time.

“When you have a lot of command of your fastball, you can use the rest of your pitches and they’re going to work. Today when I throw my slider, any off pitch worked pretty much, especially because I put my fastball down and in and hit the corners very well today.”

Think, too, about this: Because Sanchez threw a few extra-slow changeups, his velocity Sunday ranged from 96 at the top end to 70 at the bottom. He went from the mid-90s to low-70s from pitch to pitch at least twice.

“He used his fastball perfectly today,” Brad Ausmus said. “He threw it for strikes. He threw it in, he threw it out, and all of his other pitches as a result were much better. He used his fastball as well as I’ve seen him use his fastball all year, and it just made his other pitches that much more effective.”

It’s one thing for a pitcher to say he’s going to attack hitters with fastballs and dare them to hit it. It’s another thing to pitch seven shutout innings, strike out 12 and walk none doing it.

In fact, according to baseball-reference.com, the only Tiger since 1914 to strike out 12 batters without a walk or a run allowed is Max Scherzer. He did it on June 17, 2012 — also against the Rockies.

Sunday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rockies

The Rockies are starting a left-handed pitcher for the 19th consecutive game. The Tigers are starting Alex Avila against a lefty for the second straight game. Avila’s three-hit game last night (two hits off Tyler Matzek, the third off ageless righty LaTroy Hawkins) didn’t hurt.

“I didn’t want Alex to not play three games,” Brad Ausmus said last night. “I was toying with the idea of Holaday playing the first and third game of the series, and it crossed my mind I could play him all three, but I just decided I didn’t want to keep Alex out that long. And then he made me look good by getting three hits.”

That said, Avila will have his work cut out against Jorge De La Rosa, who’s allowing a mere .183 average against left-handed hitters this year with 34 strikeouts in 125 plate appearances. However, De La Rosa has a bizarre home-road split for a Rockies starting pitcher: He’s 7-2 with a 3.43 ERA at Coors Field, but 4-4 with a 5.28 ERA on the road. He’s allowing a .754 OPS away from the Rocky Mountain air, compared with .687 at home.

TIGERS (career numbers vs. De La Rosa)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (0-for-3, walk, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (0-for-3, K)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (3-for-6, double, HR, K)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (4-for-12, 4 walks)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (3-for-13, 2 doubles, HR, walk, 2 K’s)
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF (2-for-3, double, K)
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Anibal Sanchez

ROCKIES (career numbers off Sanchez)

  1. Charlie Culberson Corey Dickerson, DH
  2. Josh Rutledge, SS
  3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B (6-for-19, 2 doubles, walk, 3 K’s)
  5. Drew Stubbs, CF (2-for-8, double, 4 K’s)
  6. Jason Pridie, LF (0-for-0, sacrifice bunt)
  7. Wilin Rosario, C
  8. Brandon Barnes, RF
  9. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B

P: Jorge De La Rosa

David Price: “I just want to fit in”

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That was a frequent phrase during David Price’s 20-minute session with reporters in the Tigers dugout at Comerica Park. He said it at least a handful of times. He also talked about the adjustment of pitching in Detroit, pitching in front of a packed house, and pitching with World Series expectations.

Highlights …

How Price found out Tigers were a possibility as Thursday went along:

“I didn’t know Detroit was even in the running for it. … Joba texted me whenever I was playing golf that morning, and said ‘Make sure you bring your sticks.’ I was like ‘We already came to Detroit …’ Then a couple hours later, I heard about it. It’s pretty cool to be traded to a first-place team.”

How the rest of the day followed:

“I played golf early in the morning that day, and then I went to the ballpark and got my workout in and threw with Hellickson, because he was throwing. I just went there to get away from everything because the baseball field is where I feel the most comfortable, to really get away from everything. My agent texted me whenever I was leaving and said it was about to happen in about the next half-hour or hour, so just be prepared. And I went home, just sat on the couch, sat there with the dogs and my girlfriend. We didn’t have the TV on or anything. We were just relaxing. My phone let me know when it happened. It was a whirlwind. I’m excited.”

On his success against Miguel Cabrera, 1-for-17 against him:

“I tried to throw strike one. I feel like if you’re 1-0, or 2-1 against that guy, he’s going to hit the baseball hard. He definitely hit his fair share of balls hard. He hit a couple balls hard here against me in my last start. In his first at bat, with a runner on third base, with one out, he hit a bullet to center for an RBI. In his second or third at-bat, he hit a ball to right that, if the wind’s not blowing in 30 mph, or if we’re in a normal park, it’s definitely a home run. In his fourth at-bat, it was a generous call on my cutter. I told him at the All-Star Game, I thought it was a ball, and he definitely agreed. I’ll always take whatever I can get, especially against guys like that. I really don’t know how I had the amount of success I had against him. I feel like, trying to get ahead, and just making my pitch.”

On the excitement of pitching in front of a sellout crowd:

“We still had our good crowds, whenever we were facing the really good teams, the Bostons, the New Yorks, the Detroits — any first-place team or weekend series, stuff like that — I feel like we did pretty good. But knowing you’re going to get one every fifth day, every start here, that’s pretty special, and I’m looking forward to it.”

On why he feels this season has been his best pitching:

“I’m commanding the strike zone at a rate I really never have. Strike one, throwing strikes. I know I throw a lot of strikes. If it’s 0-2, I’m not trying to get a guy out out of the strike zone. I think doing that, the hitters, they definitely know that so 0-0 I’m getting swings, 0-1. Guys are trying to not just put the ball in play, but they’re trying to force early action, and that’s what I want. I want a guy on or out in 3 pitches or less. If I can do that, if I give up 2, 3, 4 runs, I feel like I can still pitch in that 7th, 8th, possibly 9th inning, getting guys on or out in 3 pitches or less. Just throwing strikes, attacking the strike zone, hitters know that, so they want to put the ball in play early, kind of like Detroit did the other Sunday.”

On his pride in innings pitched:

“Six innings, I feel like that kind of used to be the staple. You want to get through 6. If I throw 6, I don’t care if I give up 0 or 1, I’m not going to be tremendously happy about that start. Seven innings is cool, but I definitely want to get 25 or 27 outs in a game. I want to be able to pitch into that 8th or 9th inning. That’s what I take pride in.”

On his postseason history:

“I had a really bad start last year in Boston. I haven’t had a whole lot of postseason starts. I don’t know how many starts it is. I know Game 163 last year didn’t count, but that’s a Game 5 or a Game 7 of the postseason. If you lose that game, you go home. I know I faced Texas quite a few times, and that’s a team that I can’t stand facing. I mean, they know that. That’s a park I really struggle to pitch in. With the lineups they had in 2010, 2011, that was an extremely tough team to pitch against. I’m pretty sure I faced Cliff Lee in a couple of those starts and I think he threw complete-game shutouts against us, so that made it even tougher.

“I know I can pitch in the postseason. I did it when I was a rookie in 2008 when I had no idea about Major League Baseball, really. I was facing good teams at that time. I came in this park with bases loaded facing Miguel, I think I was facing 2-3-4 in that lineup and got through it. That was a big moment for me right there, and I look forward to keeping it going.”

On his timetable for deciding his long-term future:

“I have no idea to be honest. I try to focus on the now. Whenever you focus on six months from now or 18 months from now, that means you’re not focusing on what you’re trying to do right now. And what I’m trying to do right now, I’ve said before, in between my starts to be the best teammate I can be, and whenever it’s my turn to pitch, go out there and pitch as deep into the game as I can and give these guys a good chance to win. That’s what I’m focusing on right now. That’s been my mindset ever since I got here. It’s not worrying about free agency or what all’s going on with that. I want to focus in on right now, on the Detroit Tigers, on my teammates, and just give these guys a chance to win every fifth day.”

On the pressure of the perception as a difference-maker:

“It does add a little bit of pressure, but in Tampa I was looked at as the difference maker as well, not only the difference maker but just the leader of the staff. This staff, there’s five leaders, I feel like, with the way that these guys are throwing the baseball. I guess if Rick Porcello is our five, that’s pretty remarkable, the way he’s thrown the ball this year as well. I don’t add any extra pressure on myself. Like I said before, pressure is perceived. If I can go out there, first and foremost, I want to have fun on the baseball field. Whenever you lose sight of that, it really turns into a job, and then it’s not a whole lot of fun even if you are throwing the ball well. I want to go out there and have fun, enjoy my teammates, enjoy the environment, just help this team win.”

Saturday’s lineup: Tigers vs. Rockies

The Rockies have another lefty going in Tyler Matzek, so aside from Alex Avila starting at catcher, it’s the same lineup, including Rajai Davis leading off and playing in center field.

TIGERS

  1. Rajai Davis, CF
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B
  4. Victor Martinez, DH
  5. Torii Hunter, RF
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Alex Avila, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Rick Porcello

Friday’s lineups: Tigers vs. Rockies

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The first game of life without Austin Jackson has Rajai Davis in center field and batting leadoff against lefty Franklin Morales. Bryan Holaday gets the start behind the plate for Justin Verlander. Interestingly, Verlander has had better success against hitters with Holaday catching than with Avila catching, but it’s a relatively small sample size (114 plate appearances with Holaday catching, compared with 511 PAs with Avila). On the Rockies side, D.J. LeMahieu gets the start at second base close to home. The Brother Rice graduate is expected to have a pretty big contingent of alumni in attendance this weekend.

TIGERS (career numbers off Morales)

  1. Rajai Davis, CF (4-for-7, double, 2 walks, K)
  2. Ian Kinsler, 2B (1-for-2)
  3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B (1-for-4, walk)
  4. Victor Martinez, DH (3-for-4, double, walk)
  5. Torii Hunter, RF (2-for-4, K)
  6. J.D. Martinez, LF
  7. Nick Castellanos, 3B
  8. Bryan Holaday, C
  9. Eugenio Suarez, SS

P: Justin Verlander

ROCKIES (career numbers against Verlander)

  1. Charlie Blackmon, LF (1-for-3)
  2. Corey Dickerson, DH
  3. Nolan Arenado, 3B
  4. Justin Morneau, 1B (12-for-49, 5 doubles, 2 HR, 8 walks, 15 K’s)
  5. Carlos Gonzalez, RF (0-for-4)
  6. Drew Stubbs, CF (2-for-5, K)
  7. Wilin Rosario, C
  8. Josh Rutledge, SS
  9. D.J. LeMahieu, 2B

P: Franklin Morales

How Tigers pulled off a stunning deadline deal

The Tigers didn’t have the prospects to beat out teams like the Pirates, Cardinals or even the Dodgers for David Price. If another team decided it was willing to go all-out to get him from Tampa Bay, the Tigers didn’t stand much of a chance. Teams like Pittsburgh could give up too many prospects for Tampa Bay to turn down and still have a rich system.

That didn’t happen. And while teams in desperate need of starting help either hesitated or moved on to other options, the Tigers added to their star-studded rotation by getting creative.

If they couldn’t match other teams on prospects, they could offer young, cost-controlled talent. Drew Smyly is eligible for arbitration this winter, but he has four more seasons before he hits free agency. Austin Jackson isn’t cost-controlled with free agency looming after next season, but his trade to Seattle drew the Rays a young infielder in Nick Franklin, who fits the profile.

The one prospect the Tigers dealt from their system, shortstop Willy Adames, is a high-riser at age 18, but comes from a position of relative strength in the system, the middle infield.

“The way we looked at it,” president/GM Dave Dombrowski said, “the question that we asked ourselves is, ‘What gives us the best chance of winning a World Championship this year?’ We have to get there. We know that. It’s getting there but also trying to win a World Championship. We felt that adding him to our rotation gives us the best chance of getting that. We think with the addition of Joakim and David Price, that that really does help our ballclub.

“We traded two players from the big-league level that we like a great deal. We just thought that it would give us a better chance to win with David Price taking the ball the rest of the season.”

That part, giving up not only big-league players but key ones, was a twist in the deadline deals, one which Pirates general manager Neal Huntington noted.

“It was interesting, in that the majority of impact players went for Major League talent instead of teams trying to grab the best prospects they can, as has been the case in recent years,” Huntington told MLB.com’s Tom Singer and reporters in Arizona for the Pirates series against the Diamondbacks. “We engaged teams for the top guys on a lot of fronts, and didn’t find the right situation for us.”

For Dodgers GM Ned Colletti, the focus was always on the prospects.

“Winning and developing at the same time is not always easy to do,” Colletti told MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick and other Dodgers writers. “We’re trying to do both. This is the first time in maybe eight or nine years we think we have the prospects that can be everyday or even star players.”

The flip side of that, of course, is filling the holes left by the players traded. The A’s traded Yoenis Cespedes, but received outfielder Jonny Gomes as part of the return. The Tigers received nothing to fill the void in center field left by Jackson’s trade.

“It’s difficult, but I think you have to weigh it,” Dombrowski said. “We don’t make that deal unless Austin’s involved. We think Rajai [Davis] and [Ezequiel] Carrera will do a solid job for us out there. Correra’s done a real nice job for us in Triple-A. We’ve actually struggled on how to get him up to the big-league club at times. We’ve said this guy could help us now, he’s hitting .300, he’s a base stealer, he’s a very good defensive outfielder. He’s a left-handed hitter. Even if we brought him up, we didn’t really have a place to play him.

“We like Correra and we think Rajai, between the two of them, will give us solid work out there in center field. We’ll still get some offense out there.”

 

Tigers reactions to David Price trade

This was Torii Hunter’s reaction Thursday morning to the Jon Lester trade:

“Oh my God, that’s impressive. That’s all I could say. You lose Cespedes, a guy with power, but you gain another pitcher. And we all know in the playoffs, when you get there, pitching and defense win games. You have to give a little bit to get a little bit, so I think it’s a pretty good trade.”

He was talking with Austin Jackson about the deal and what Cespedes could do at Fenway Park. He had no idea at the time that he’d be looking at his own club doing the same thing by the time he left the ballpark Thursday evening.

“I mean, we’re neighbors in the offseason. We hang out. We worked out this offseason,” Hunter said. “Just talking to him all the time, on the phone or a text or being together going to dinner, whatever it may be, we’re always together. It’s tough to see him go. But you know, that’s why I try to pour into him so much at a time, because you never know what happens in this game. I told him that several times and this happened. He kind of gets it. I’ve been preaching that for the last couple years.”

That was the personal side. He had to divide that from the professional side.

“As players, as human beings, you’re like, ‘Look, Lester went to Oakland. OK, I want to know if we’re going to do something.’ And it actually happened,” Hunter said. “But that’s something where we might not even play Oakland. We have to get to the postseason first. We’ve got these next two months and I think David Price is going to help us out. Once we get through these next two months, I think getting to the postseason, David Price is a bulldog. That was a great pickup for us. Can’t worry about what Oakland’s doing. We only have to worry about what the Tigers are doing.”

A lot of Tigers were dealing with those dueling emotions. Jackson wasn’t a prospect, and he wasn’t really a young talent. He’s 27, but he was one of the core Tigers in their run of three straight division titles. Just five Tigers had been with the Major League squad longer than Jackson (Max Scherzer and Phil Coke were tied, having come up at the same time in the same deal). In many ways, he grew up with a lot of these players together.

“It’s hard,” Scherzer said. “I mean, you’re super sad because you have to see Smyly and Austin go, and they’ve been a huge part of what we’ve done here. But at the same time, I know what Price brings to the table, watching him pitch. He’s an unbelievable pitcher. It stings today, but tomorrow when we come to the park, I’m sure we’re all going to have huge smiles on our faces. …

“It’s tough. It’s real tough. Today stinks. Today we lose Smyly and Austin, and I know we’re getting David Price and he’s a great pitcher and everything. But in this moment, it stinks. You have to remember, we’re family in here. Austin and Smyly are part of this family, and we’re losing two of our guys. I get that the guy who we’re getting is very talented as well, but right now it stinks.”

Justin Verlander, the longest-tenured current Tiger, reacted much the same.

“You have mixed emotions,” Verlander said. “I’m paying attention to the game a little bit, trying to check and see what’s going on with the trade deadline. I’m just as intrigued as everybody else. And Mr. Dombrowski is pretty tight-lipped. He doesn’t let anything leak. But you see him running out there and you think, ‘Oh, man, something happened.’ Well, there goes my brother running off the field. I know he’s going somewhere else. You definitely have mixed emotions.

“I wish those guys the best of luck. They’re two extremely talented players and extremely good guys. They’ll be great.”

Verlander has also had the chance to be teammates with Price on the AL All-Star team.

“You’re talking about a caliber of pitcher who has one a Cy Young two years ago, and I think that answers how he can fit in and help this team,” Verlander said. “He’s one of the best pitchers in baseball. He’s left-handed. He’s a power pitcher, which always plays well in the playoffs. We have to get there first. You don’t want to look beyond. We’re not there yet, but we’ve got a good quality team. Just continue to play good baseball and hopefully you make it, then power pitching’s always a good thing.”

On the emotions as he left the field, Jackson said: “It was kind of hard to explain. It was kind of weird because I knew what was happening, but at the same time, I was in a daze a little bit. I really wanted to go hug all my teammates, really. But it is one of those situations where you don’t know what to do. You’re just stuck.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. But I think when I put that Seattle uniform on, I think it’ll turn the page and start a new chapter.”

Asked to recall his best Tigers memories, Jackson had a list.

“There’s a few. It’s hard to just really go to one,” he said. “Getting to play in the World Series here in my short career was probably the best moment that I’ve had here. The Gallarraga catch. I get chill bumps when I see that still. When we beat the Yankees and seeing Coke point that ball out. “

I have a lot of good moments here and good memories. Go try to start it somewhere else now.”

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