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Detroit Tigers name David Price Opening Day starter instead of Justin Verlander

David Price of the Detroit Tigers pitches during

David Price of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the second inning of a game against the New York Mets at Tradition Field on March 6, 2015 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. Credit: Getty Images / Rob Foldy

LAKELAND, Fla. - David Price is getting the nod as opening-day starter for the Detroit Tigers, ending Justin Verlander's run of having that honor at seven straight seasons.

Tigers manager announced his decision about the starter at home April 6 against Minnesota on Friday.

Price was acquired from Tampa Bay at the July 31 trade deadline and had a better season than Verlander.

After a dominant run in which Verlander won the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young Award, he struggled last year, going 15-12 with a 4.54 ERA. Price went 4-4 with a 3.59 ERA for Detroit and had a 3.26 ERA overall.

"I just hope that one year today (Verlander) will have proven me wrong," Ausmus said. "It was a tough decision."

Ausmus said Verlander would get the second start of the season and likely be followed by Anibal Sanchez, Alfredo Simon and Shane Green.

"I'm just doing what I think is best for the 2015 Tigers," Ausmus said. "They are both great pitchers. We'll just see. They will both get their starts."


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