NEW YORK -- For the second straight night, the Yankees managed not to lose to a Cy Young winner.
Not much consolation, is it?
They didn't lose to David Price, but they did lose to Alex Avila, whose 12th-inning home run off Matt Daley gave the Detroit Tigers a 4-3 Tuesday night win at Yankee Stadium. Daley was the seventh Yankees pitcher on a night when closer David Robertson and middle reliever Adam Warren weren't available because of their recent workloads.
Hiroki Kuroda couldn't hold a 3-1 lead over Price, and it was Avila's two-out single that tied the game in the seventh. Price, making his Tiger debut after last week's trade from the Tampa Bay Rays, pitched into the ninth inning.
Joba? Boooooo: Joba Chamberlain's first Bronx appearance as an opponent was greeted with boos. The booing began as soon as he left the bullpen with two out in the ninth inning, but it was drowned out by needless noise from the Yankee Stadium sound system. Later, when Paul Olden announced that Chamberlain was in the game, the boos were more audible.
Chamberlain struck out Prado, and celebrated with a big fist pump.
Dellin in the eighth -- still: With closer Robertson unavailable after pitching each of the last three days, Joe Girardi suggested that he might use Dellin Betances as his closer Tuesday night.
As it turned out, with the game tied after seven innings and the top of the Tigers lineup due up, Girardi went to Betances to start the eighth. As he has all season, Betances responded, punctuating his 1-2-3 inning with strikeouts of Ian Kinsler and Miguel Cabrera, both on 100 mph fastballs.
Girardi pulled Betances with one out into the ninth inning after Betances hit Torii Hunter on the left hand with an 85 mph curveball. Hunter also left the game, but X-rays were negative.
McCann has his Price: So the pitcher McCann has had the most success against as a Yankee is ... Price? You could certainly make that argument. McCann has started three games against the Cy Young lefty this season, and he has a home run in each of the three. Jose Bautista (five) and Curtis Granderson (four) are the only players with more than three career homers against Price, and both Bautista and Granderson did it in more than 50 plate appearances.
Prado of the Yankees: Prado has never been a big home-run hitter, but he does have some power. Tuesday, in his 13th at-bat for the Yankees, he hit his first home run. Prado homered five times in 403 at-bats for the Diamondbacks before the trade.
Kuroda fine in August: Kuroda is 39, and he seemed to hit a wall each of the last two seasons. So with the calendar turning to August, it was natural to look for signs of trouble. There really weren't any on Tuesday, with Kuroda going seven innings and allowing three runs on six hits.
Kuroda was 1-4 with a 5.12 ERA last August, but he was actually very good in his first two starts that month, going a combined 15 innings and allowing just three earned runs.
Lefty reliever, anyone?: As Girardi pointed out Tuesday afternoon, Matt Thornton probably wouldn't have been available to pitch Tuesday night, anyway. And perhaps with Kuroda's pitch count relatively low, Girardi would have stuck with him in the seventh inning, anyway.
But it certainly was noticeable that on the day that the Yankees allowed Thornton to go to the Washington Nationals on a waiver claim, it was lefty-swinging Avila whose run-scoring single off Kuroda tied the game in the seventh.
Rich Hill, who replaced Thornton on the roster (for now), entered the game in the 11th inning and became the 30th pitcher used by the Yankees this season, extending a team record the 2014 club already held.
On deck: The Cy Young parade continues, as the Yankees face Tigers right-hander Verlander (10-9, 4.66) on Wednesday night at the Stadium. Chris Capuano (1-2, 4.50) makes his third start since coming to the Yankees.