Like all the great ones, though, Price is good at controlling the damage. He shut the door in the sixth, seventh and eighth. With two outs in the ninth, he handed the ball to Joba Chamberlain to send the game to extras.
"He did exactly what everyone was hoping he would do," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said of Price. "He pitched deep into the game, into the ninth inning. He gave up three runs against a very good team."
It may only just be August, and the Yankees' overall record may not be great, but these past two nights have had a playoff-like atmosphere. On Monday, the Yankees squeaked by Max Scherzer, 2-1. Next up is Justin Verlander on Wednesday.
On Tuesday, the two teams played late into the night until Avila finally hit a solo shot off Matt Daley in the 12th. It ended a game filled with highlights. From Dellin Betances electrifying the crowd by lighting up the scoreboard gun at 100 to strike out Miguel Cabrera to end the eighth, to Chamberlain hearing boos and mistakenly hitting Derek Jeter -- "the worst moment of my life," Chamberlain described -- this game delivered.
Still, one guy subtly stood above them all. The 6-foot-6 Price wasn't his best, but he was still plenty good. That is why the Tigers have to scare everyone in baseball -- and they haven't even started dominating yet.