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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Anibal Sanchez was absolutely annihilated in Saturday's loss to the White Sox, surrendering nine runs on nine hits over 3 1/3 innings of work.
Sanchez walked two and struck out two on the afternoon. Most of the damage came on during a seven-run fourth inning, highlighted by a grand slam off the bat of Jose Abreu. It was the second straight rough outing for the right-hander who was knocked around by the Pirates his last time out. He has been the lone weak link in what has been a superb rotation for the Tigers in the early part of the season. He'll look to turn things around on Thursday against the Yankees. Apr 18 - 4:16 PM

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Anibal Sanchez was tagged for three homers and five runs in 6 1/3 innings by the Pirates on Monday.

Sanchez fanned nine and walked none, but when the Pirates hit him, they hit him hard. It's the first time since July 28, 2012 that he's given up three homers in a start. Last year, he allowed a total of four homers in 126 innings. In 2013, it was nine homers in 182 innings.
Apr 13 - 4:46 PM

Anibal Sanchez recorded six strikeouts while spinning 6 2/3 frames of shutout ball in Wednesday's 11-0 victory over the Twins.

Sanchez permitted just three hits -- two singles -- and two walks on the day, with the only blemish being that he was a little inefficient with his 101 pitches. The Twins' lineup isn't exactly intimidating, but it was a nice beginning to the season for Sanchez nonetheless. He'll try to keep it going the next time out when he takes on the Pirates on the road.
Apr 8 - 4:34 PM

Despite striking out 10, Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs in 6 1/3 innings Sunday against the Phillies.

Sanchez surrendered three homers, two of them off the bat of Chase Utley, on a day in which the wind wasn't much of a factor. He's given up six homers in 24 2/3 innings overall this spring, an especially high total for a Florida pitcher.
Mar 29 - 4:38 PM

Anibal Sanchez struck out six over five innings as the Tigers and Nationals played to a scoreless tie in 10 innings Thursday.

Sanchez, who faced all of the Nationals' healthy regulars, allowed two hits and walked none in his gem. His spring ERA dipped from 6.48 to 4.05.
Mar 19 - 4:49 PM

Anibal Sanchez gave up four runs and two homers in four innings Saturday against the Phillies.

Sanchez threw 33 pitches in the first, so it was a nice recovery that allowed him to get through four frames. Both homers were hit by journeyman Brian Bogusevic. Sanchez allowed four hits in all, walked one and struck out three.
Mar 14 - 4:34 PM

Anibal Sanchez tossed a pair of scoreless innings Wednesday in his start versus the Orioles.

Sanchez was last seen pitching out of the pen in the postseason for the Tigers, but he'll be back as the team's No. 3 starter this year. Since he'll go quite a bit later in drafts than he did last spring, he makes for a much better investment.
Mar 4 - 4:36 PM

Anibal Sanchez said Saturday that he expects to be available to pitch in Game 3 of the American League Division Series on Sunday.

Sanchez, who has made just two appearances since returning from the disabled list, threw 30 pitches over two innings in Friday's loss to the Orioles. With the rest of the Tigers setup corps in shambles, Brad Ausmus will likely be forced to rely upon Sanchez if he wants to keep his team alive.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 11:30:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez fired two perfect relief innings in Friday's loss to the Orioles.

Sanchez relieved Justin Verlander after the starter permitted a leadoff single in the sixth. He retired six straight batters, picking up a couple strikeouts along the way. Even though Sanchez had only thrown 30 pitches, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus elected to pull him and then watched Joba Chamberlain and Joakim Soria implode. It was only Sanchez's second appearance since going on the DL in early August, but he certainly looked capable of being a weapon in relief, provided the Tigers last long enough to give him a chance to do just that.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 04:45:00 PM

Tigers activated RHP Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day disabled list.

Sanchez missed the last seven weeks with a pectoral strain. He doesn't have enough time to be built back up to start but should be a nice bullpen piece for manager Brad Ausmus down the stretch and in the playoffs.
Wed, Sep 24, 2014 08:36:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will be activated from the disabled list Tuesday.

Sanchez, out since August 8 with a pectoral strain, was cleared to return after making it through a simulated game Sunday with no issues. There's not enough time to get him stretched out as a starter, so he'll pitch as a reliever in the final days of the regular season and into the playoffs.
Mon, Sep 22, 2014 04:14:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) could be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday or Thursday if Sunday's simulated game goes well.

The Tigers are expected to use Sanchez in a bullpen role in the final days of the regular season and in the playoffs. "If you put him down in the pen, he'd probably have the best stuff down there," manager Brad Ausmus said. Sanchez has been out since August 8 with a pectoral strain.
Sun, Sep 21, 2014 12:01:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) will throw a simulated game on Sunday.

Sanchez was cleared for the sim game after getting through another bullpen session Thursday with no issues. The right-hander is not expected back before the end of the regular season, but he could be a valuable relief arm to have in the playoffs.
Fri, Sep 19, 2014 05:59:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw another short bullpen session on Tuesday and felt no pain.

Sanchez will toss a longer bullpen session later this week and should then be cleared for simulated action. He's not going to return before the end of the regular season, but the right-hander could be available for the playoffs. Sanchez has been out since August 8 with a pectoral strain. He suffered a setback on August 25.
Tue, Sep 16, 2014 04:50:00 PM

Anibal Sanchez (pectoral) threw 25 pitches off the mound Monday and felt good.

Sanchez landed on the disabled list a month ago with a strained pectoral muscle and had a setback in late August, but he's beginning to make some progress. He's slated to throw again tomorrow before the next step is decided. It might be late for him to start again for the Tigers during the regular season, but he could have a role come postseason time.
Mon, Sep 15, 2014 05:01:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1David Price
2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
4Shane Greene
5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joe Nathan
2Joakim Soria
3Bruce Rondon
4Al Alburquerque
5Joba Chamberlain
6Tom Gorzelanny
7Angel Nesbitt
8Blaine Hardy