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Yankees 13, Tigers 4: Cold weather freezes Detroit bats, pitching in blowout loss

Snow, freezing temperatures, and loss of feeling. Some baseball was played, and eventually, after much silliness, the Tigers lost, giving Detroit its first losing streak of the year.

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DETROIT -- It was 39 degrees at game time and flurries were falling at the stadium. After a wild first inning in which 10 runs scored between the two teams, both teams eventually settled in as much as was humanly possible for a rough nightcap. The Detroit Tigers lost 13-4 to the New York Yankees as a result of bitter cold from loss of feeling on both sides.

Now, I could fancy this up, sprinkle some sugar, and sweet talk you through this recap. But I'm not going to. And if you rewatch this game, please seek medical attention. Anyway, Wednesday night's game went on long enough for everyone involved. No need to drag it out. It was freezing, snowing hard, and several things -- including the scoreboard -- at Comerica Park ceased to function at some point. Both David Price and Yankees starter Adam Warren had difficulty feeling the ball and throwing strikes. As a result, runs happened.

So, let's just say that the first inning alone combined for snow, harsh wind, 10 runs, seven hits, six walks, and 85 pitches in 52 minutes of baseball. By the end of that inning, the Tigers trailed 6-4. After two, they trailed 8-4 when Price gave up back-to-back triples and then intentionally walked Gregorio Petit (yes, you read that right). Somehow, Warren put up the first 1-2-3 inning in the bottom of the second.

Nick Castellanos' nine-game hitting streak came to an unceremonious end Wednesday night as he finished 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and a fielder's choice RBI. The only runs the Tigers scored were in the first inning, and only Yoenis Cespedes finished the game with multiple hits, recording a 2-for-3 day with an RBI.

Al Alburquerque started the seventh inning and gave up the only thing that had been missing from the game, a home run of the three-run variety, which led to the final 13-4 score. With the loss the Tigers were handed their first losing streak of the season. They are now 11-4 to start the season.


The end of this game.




  • David Price lasted 2 1/3 innings to mark the third-shortest start of his major league career. In his last two starts against the Yankees, Price has allowed 16 runs (all earned) on 22 hits, four walks, and struck out just five batters in 4 1/3 innings pitched. Surprisingly, he didn't give up a single home run in either game.
  • Price has given up 81 earned runs to the Yankees in his career for a career-ERA of 4.42 with 19 home runs, 59 walks (three intentional), and 165 hits. All of those numbers are the highest of any team that Price has faced in his career. Price has given up no more than 38 to a team, except the Red Sox, who have 52 against him.
  • The last time both teams sent nine-or-more batters to the plate in the same inning was September 28, 2014, when the Red Sox and Yankees each sent at least nine batters to the plate in the seventh inning, per STATS LLC.
  • The Tigers have grounded into 18 double plays this year, giving them the MLB lead for the season.


Source: FanGraphs