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David Price (Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports)

The Detroit Tigers on Friday named David Price as the club’s Opening Day Starter. This will be the first time in seven seasons that Justin Verlander does not open the season for the Tigers.

Price was traded from the Tampa Bay Rays to Detroit in a 3-team trade last July that also included the Seattle Mariners.

In his seven seasons with the Rays, Price was 82-47, and after joining the Tigers he went 4-4, with a 3.59 ERA, with 82 strikeouts in 77.2 innings.

During this spring, he has tossed eight innings, and is 0-4, with a 4.50 ERA allowing four earned runs and striking out ten batters.

As for Verlander, he struggled in 2014, with a career high 4.54 ERA and ending his five season streak of striking out more than 200 batters. In three starts this spring the veteran righty is 1-1, with a 4.00 ERA and has also given up four earned runs.

MLB.com reported that Manager Brad Ausmus considered all aspects of both pitchers and decided that Price would open for the Tigers’s home opener on April 6th and Verlander would pitch the next game.

David Conde
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