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Tigers' David Price Records 10th Double-Digit Strikeout Game of 2014

Making his Tigers pitching debut, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher David Price delivers in the second inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium in New York, Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
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Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffAugust 7, 2014

After fanning 10 in Tuesday's extra-innings victory over the New York Yankees, the Detroit Tigers' David Price registered his 10th double-digit strikeout performance of the 2014 season. 

Per Elias Sports Bureau (via ESPN Stats & Info), Price's 10 punchouts were the most by any pitcher in one's Tigers debut. He's also the first major league pitcher since John Henry Johnson of the Oakland Athletics in 1979 to record 10 strikeouts without walking a batter in their first outing after changing teams, per Elias Sports Bureau.

Price's previous nine trips to the hill with 10 or more strikeouts all came as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays before the lefty was shipped to the Motor City in a deadline deal on July 31. 

The 28-year-old's impressive 2014 run is due mostly to an incredible stretch in June, during which he fanned double-digit batters in all five starts that month. Despite a 2.27 June ERA and generally overpowering performance, the former Rays ace came away with just a 2-3 record over that span.

With another strong start Tuesday, Price continued his march toward one of the best years of his career in terms of strikeouts. Per Fangraphs, he currently sports 9.99 strikeouts per nine innings, which would be the best mark of any of his seven professional seasons.

Moreover, the southpaw has found success by limiting free passes, as he's allowed a career-best 1.15 walks per nine innings.

Price will look to keep up these numbers as one of three former Cy Young Award winners on Detroit's pitching staff. His sights are set on helping the Tigers to their fourth straight postseason appearance and fifth of his career.

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