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Tigers' interest caught former Rays ace Price by surprise

DETROIT — David Price said he had no idea the Tigers were trying to trade for him.

The former Rays ace joined his new team at Comerica Park on Saturday. He'll be part of a rotation that includes fellow AL Cy Young winners Max Scherzer and Justin Verlander.

"Walking in the clubhouse today was like an All-Star Game. All the players I've seen over the years," Price said.

Price was 11-8 with a 3.11 ERA and a majors-most 189 strikeouts when the Tigers got him Thursday in a three-team trade that included the Mariners. He's set to make his debut for his new team Tuesday at Yankee Stadium.

Price, 28, who knew there was a good chance Tampa Bay would deal him, said he was playing golf early Thursday when he got a text from Tigers RH reliever Joba Chamberlain that he could be headed to Detroit.

"I didn't know Detroit was in the running," Price recalled. He said his return text to Chamberlain simply said, "No way."

Broadcaster dies

ATLANTA — Pete Van Wieren, the bespectacled broadcaster who was part of the landmark team that carried Braves games throughout the nation on Ted Turner's "SuperStation," died Saturday after a battle with cancer, the team said. He was 69.

Known as "The Professor" for his encyclopedic knowledge of the game and long hours of research before each broadcast, Mr. Van Wieren spent 33 years with the Braves before retiring in 2008, shortly after the death of longtime partner Skip Caray.

A native of Rochester, N.Y., he had been calling games for the Triple-A Tidewater Tides when the Braves hired him before the 1976 season to join a new three-man broadcast team with Caray and Ernie Johnson. The trio would soon become known to baseball fans around the nation thanks to Turner, who began beaming games via satellite on a once-obscure Atlanta TV station.

THOME HONORED: The Indians unveiled a statue to honor Jim Thome, who hit a franchise-record 337 of his 612 career homers for Cleveland. Thome signed a one-day contract to officially retire with his original team.

D'BACKS STAR TO DL: Arizona 1B Paul Goldschmidt went on the 15-day disabled list with a fractured left hand, a day after being hit by a pitch.

FAN HURT: A man identified as Nick Gambacorta injured his arm when he fell over a railing above an outfield wall before the Mets-Giants game at Citi Field.

DODGERS: LHP Paul Maholm tore the ACL in his right knee during Friday night's game and is out for the season.

RED SOX: RF Shane Victorino may be headed for back surgery after results of an MRI exam came back worse than expected.

ROYALS: 1B Eric Hosmer will not need surgery to repair a stress fracture in his right hand.

Tigers' interest caught former Rays ace Price by surprise 08/02/14 [Last modified: Saturday, August 2, 2014 9:33pm]

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