LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) – David Price was rocked for seven runs over six innings in his final start of spring training for the Detroit Tigers, a 7-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.
Price is to start Monday’s opener against Minnesota, ending Justin Verlander’s streak of pitching seven straight Detroit openers.
Price cruised through the first three innings before allowing four run in the fourth on RBI doubles by Andrew McCutchen and Jung-ho Kang. and Francisco Cervelli’s two-run homer. Cervelli, who is hitting .344, had an RBI single in the sixth and Sean Rodriguez a two-run single.
Prince allowed eight hits, struck out five and walked none. He finished spring training with a 5.76 ERA.
Pirates starter Vance Worley gave up one run and three hits in three innings. Worley, who went 8-4 in 17 starts for the Pirates last season, found out from Pirates manager Clint Hurdle before the game that he was beaten out by Jeff Locke for the final spot in the Pirates rotation. Worley will pitch out of the bullpen at the start of the season.
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