Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Pitching Matchup of the Day: August 5th

       Making his Detroit Tigers debut, David Price is set to square off against the Yankees Hiroki Kuroda in New York, at 7:05 PM ET. David Price was recently acquired by the Detroit Tigers on July, 31st, minutes before the 4:00 PM ET trade deadline to increase their pitching depth, due to the Athletics acquisition of Jon Lester on the same day.

         David Taylor Price was born on August twenty-sixth ( 26 ), 1985. Known as a pitching powerhouse, Price earned the feat of being selected first overall ( 1st ) in the 2007 MLB Draft. Called-up to make his professional debut in September of 2008, Price pitched out of the bullpen in the 2008 MLB playoffs to earn a save that propelled the Tampa Bay Rays to reach the World Series, only to eventually loose to the Philadelphia Phillies four games to one ( 4-1 ). Once the 2009 MLB regular season commenced, Price was in the starting rotation for the first time since being in the minors. Little did Price know, that the following year he would be the starter for the American League in the 2010 All-Star Game and finish second in CY Young voting, behind Seattle's ace, Felix Hernandez.

 Hiroki Kuroda began his baseball career in the Nippon Professional Baseball League with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp from 1997 to 2007 ( 10 years ). Signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2008, Kuroda threw seven innings against the San Diego Padres, while allowing only one run in his Major League Baseball debut. From the years 2008 to 2011, Kuroda pitched with the Los Angeles Dodgers until the New York Yankees signed Kuroda to deal worth about 10 million dollars for one year. Since then, Kuroda has been the only Yankee starter to remain relatively healthy during the 2014 MLB regular season.

                  Tune into the Tigers vs Yankees at 7:05 PM ET today!

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