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The Changing Of The Guard In Detroit

Price takes over as the Ace for the Tigers.

MLB: Seattle Mariners at Detroit Tigers

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 is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

David is the Co-Founder and Executive Editor of Legends On Deck®, as well as a Co-Host on Legends On Deck Podcast. David was a Senior Editor for MetsMerizedOnline.com, MetsMinors.net and Contributor for Hardballchat.com that spanned from 2010 to 2014. David made his MLB Debut as a writer in June 2014, while covering the NY Mets at Citi Field, for MetsmerizedOnline.com. David also managed his Cape Coral 16U Rec Ball team for the past two seasons and on May 13, 2024 they won their league Championship. On May 15th, David started the first ever Legends on Deck 16U Travel Baseball team in SWFL. David's passion is teaching the game he loves to the future Legends of Tomorrow as well as making available a website that people can have fun sharing and reading. David is also passionate about his career as a Mortgage Loan Officer which allows him to help many families reach their dreams of owning a home. Connect with David via his Social Media pages as he loves to chat all about baseball.

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