Yankees, Tigers show off hot bats in frigid first

Price, Warren each had problems finding the zone with snow falling

Yankees, Tigers show off hot bats in frigid first

DETROIT -- The snowflakes kept falling in the opening inning at Comerica Park. The numbers on the scoreboard kept rising.

In an opening inning that began a 7:08 p.m. ET and ended at 8 p.m., the Tigers and Yankees combined for 10 runs on seven hits with six walks and a hit batter.

They combined to throw 87 pitches -- 51 from David Price in a 31-minute top half, then 36 from Adam Warren en route to walking four of the first five batters he faced.

Avila's RBI single

Both teams batted around, the first time two teams did that in the same inning of a game since the Yankees and Red Sox in the seventh inning last Sept. 28, according to STATS.

It wasn't record territory -- neither the damage nor the temperatures for the Tigers-Yankees tilt -- yet the opening inning was an endurance test for the fans who braved the cold to sit through. It was long enough that the snow started and stopped twice.

It was a command test for pitchers and fielders alike.

Price warms hands

"I think, without question, the elements were the factor," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "I don't think he could feel the ball. I think we saw some of the same from Warren. They just couldn't feel the ball at the end of their fingers. ...

"It was cold. It would be like you going home in a long-sleeve T-shirt and having to type your article outside. You wouldn't be able to type by the end of 25 minutes."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.