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Yanks bat around off Price with nine consecutive hits

New York sets club record, falls one shy of AL mark in eight-run third

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DETROIT -- The Yankees' hit parade couldn't wait until Labor Day.

New York strung together nine straight hits to begin its eight-run third inning on Wednesday night against the Tigers, chasing former American League Cy Young Award winner David Price from the game in the process.

The Yankees came one hit shy of the AL record for consecutive hits and three hits shy of the Major League mark. The Yankees became the first team since St. Louis last season (against Pittsburgh on Sept. 6) to rack up nine straight hits. The last American League team to do so was Detroit in 1996.

The AL record of 10 consecutive hits the Yankees narrowly missed tying was also set by the Tigers in 1983. New York beat its club record, which was eight straight, set in 1990.

"It builds confidence, you know?" said Jacoby Ellsbury, who started and ended the procession. "You want to be the next guy up, just keep the line moving. Even though we only scored that inning, I thought we still hit some balls hard and still had great ABs the rest of the game."

These weren't the sort of outings Tigers fans envisioned Price having when he joined Detroit at the non-waiver Trade Deadline. Price's outing against the Yankees was the second shortest of his career.

The left-hander became the first pitcher to allow nine straight hits since Houston's Bob Forsch did it against Cincinnati in 1989.

Price exited the game without an out recorded in the third and was charged with eight earned runs. Only three previous times in Major League history had a pitcher allowed 12 hits in two innings or fewer, like Price did Wednesday night.

The others were the Cubs' Shawn Estes (two innings) in 2003, the Dodgers' Johnny Podres (1 2/3 innings) in 1963 and the Tigers George Uhle (two innings) in 1929.

As poorly as the night went for Price, he said he never once thought he simply didn't have his solid stuff Wednesday.

"That was never a thought that crossed my mind," Price said. "That thought would never go through my head. As soon as [Tigers manager Brad Ausmus] pulled me out of the game, I had time to reflect on what happened. But out there on the field, that never crosses my mind.

"I let the team down, and that's the worst thing."

Matt Slovin is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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