The game was delayed after the top of the ninth, with the score tied at 1.
“He’s really good about helping with those nuances and kind of making that learning curve not as big of a learning curve,” McCann said.
Anibal Sanchez allowed six runs and nine hits in six innings, his ERA rising to 5.44 on the young season. He came into the game with a 1.40 ERA in eight career starts against the Royals.
Martinez has been working with Tigers hitting coach Wally Joyner to get himself back to form, and those efforts have made a difference.
Price suffered the injury Friday against the Kansas City Royals, when he stepped on a bat while covering home plate.
In a corresponding move, the Tigers are recalling the contract of catcher Bryan Holaday from Triple-A Toledo.
“My heel stepped on the bat, and then it rolled to the front of my foot,” Price said. “It felt like it kind of hyperextended my leg.”
Reliever Yohan Pino threw wildly to first base, allowing Anthony Gose to score the winning run in the ninth inning as the Tigers beat the Royals 6-5 on Friday night.
Thursday afternoon, Kyle Lobstein pitched an absolute gem, guiding the team to a 4-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox.
Lobstein’s only jam came in the fourth inning, when Chicago tied the score and loaded the bases with no outs.