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Yankees vs. Tigers Game Preview: Can the offense beat Price?

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Last time the Yankees faced David Price, he gave up eight runs. Can they repeat that tonight?

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The good news is that coming into tonight's game, the Yankees and Tigers are tied in this series at one game apiece. The not so good news is that the Yankees are sending Adam Warren to the mound against David Price. Tonight will be Warren's third start of the season, and he's coming off of a rough start against the Rays. Last outing he gave up four runs in just four innings, and he's touting a 6.45 FIP. He may only be their fifth starter, but the Yankees need him to make it deeper into games.

The Yankees' offense has been all over the place, and they're going to need to show up in a big way if they're going to have any chance of beating Price. Through 22 2/3 innings, Price has only allowed one earned run, and that was a homer by Avisail Garcia. ONE earned run. Although, the last time the Yankees faced Price was last year at home, when he gave up eight runs in less than three innings. Of all the Yankees who have faced Price during their careers, Jacoby Ellsbury has one of the best records against him (.327/.353/.551 in 49 at-bats). Although he isn't off to a particularly good start, Brian McCann has three career home runs off Price in just 14 at-bats, so maybe he'll be able to get something going tonight. Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez have also hit a few home runs off of him and since the Yankees lead the league in home runs right now, that could bode well for them.

In other news, Matt Tracy is a Yankee once again. He was called up after the 19-inning game from hell, pitched in one game, then was designated for assignment. The Marlins picked him up, but after a quick DFA, the Yankees have claimed him off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A Scranton. That gives him a spot on the 40-man roster, without the Yankees having to make any additional moves because it was at 39 before this.

Today's Lineups

NEW YORK YANKEES DETROIT TIGERS
Jacoby Ellsbury - CF Anthony Gose - CF
Chris Young - LF Ian Kinsler - 2B
Alex Rodriguez - DH Miguel Cabrera - 1B
Mark Teixeira - 1B Victor Martinez - DH
Brian McCann - C J.D. Martinez - RF
Carlos Beltran - RF Yoenis Cespedes - LF
Chase Headley - 3B Nick Castellanos - 3B
Gregorio Petit - 2B Alex Avila - C
Didi Gregorius - SS Jose Iglesias - SS
Adam Warren - RHP David Price - LHP