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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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The wheels fell off for Anibal Sanchez Saturday in a 6-2 loss to Baltimore.
The O's torched Sanchez for six runs on nine hits over 6 2/3 innings. The right-hander allowed two home runs, raising his season total to 24. Among AL starters, only Phil Hughes has surrendered more long balls than Sanchez. The right-hander's 4.77 ERA is his highest since 2008. Aug 1 - 10:05 PM

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Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Rays on Monday, resulting in his eighth loss of the season.

Curt Casali hit a solo home run in the third, Kevin Kiermaier ripped an RBI double in the fourth, and Logan Forsythe hit an RBI single in the fifth to account for the damage. Sanchez, overall, allowed eight hits and a pair of walks while striking out six. Though it was his eighth loss of the season, he hadn't lost a start since June 3, ending a stretch of eight starts in which he earned seven wins. Sanchez owns a disappointing 4.61 ERA with a 1.25 WHIP and a 121/43 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. He'll go up against the Orioles in a road start this weekend.
Jul 27 - 10:51 PM

Anibal Sanchez yielded four runs in 6 2/3 innings and earned the win on Wednesday against the Mariners.

Nelson Cruz did most of the damage, hitting a two-run home run in the fourth inning and a solo shot in the sixth. Sanchez allowed nine hits and two walks overall while striking out six. The right-hander hasn't lost a decision since June 3, earning the win in seven of eight starts since. But he still has a mediocre 4.59 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP and a 115/41 K/BB ratio over 131 1/3 innings. Sanchez will aim to continue his undefeated streak in Tampa Bay next week against the Rays.
Jul 22 - 10:30 PM

Anibal Sanchez picked up his ninth victory of the season on Friday, allowing two runs on eight hits over six strong innings against the Orioles.

Sanchez struck out three on the night while issuing a pair of walks. The right-hander has now won each of his last three starts, and six consecutive decisions dating back to June 3. He'll look to continue that impressive run when he takes on the Mariners at home on Wednesday.
Jul 17 - 10:11 PM

Anibal Sanchez didn't have his best stuff but held on long enough to get the win Wednesday, allowing four runs -- three earned -- over 6 1/3 innings against the Mariners.

Sanchez worked around five hits and five walks on the afternoon, giving up two runs on a Dustin Ackley home run in the fourth inning. Sanchez also struck out six in the outing. The win was his fifth in a row and eighth in 18 starts this year. The 31-year-old heads into the break at 8-7 with a 4.63 ERA and 1.18 WHIP.
Jul 8 - 7:21 PM

Anibal Sanchez came within five outs of his second career no-hitter on Friday, and ended up surrendering four runs on three hits over 7 1/3 innings of work.

Sanchez struck out five and walked three on the night. He was absolutely dominant through the first seven frames, but walked Justin Smoak in the seventh inning then allowed a one-out single to Ezequiel Carrera. He was left in to face the next two hitters who also singled, before giving way to the Tigers' bullpen. The Jays ended up striking for six runs in the inning, included the three runners the bullpen inherited from Sanchez. He has now won each of his last four decisions and will look to extend that streak when he takes on the Mariners in Seattle on Wednesday.
Jul 3 - 10:15 PM

Anibal Sanchez pitched decently in a no-decision against the White Sox on Friday, allowing four runs on six hits over his seven frames.

Sanchez punched out seven on the night while walking only two. Most of the damage against him stemmed from his inability to keep the ball in the yard, as a trio of White Sox blasted solo home runs against him. The 31-year-old will carry a 4.63 ERA and 95/29 K/BB ratio into his next outing against the Pirates on Thursday.
Jun 26 - 10:23 PM

Anibal Sanchez held the Yankees to three runs across seven innings in Sunday's 12-4 victory.

Sanchez served up a pair of home runs, but they were both solo shots. He struck out five on the day, yielding seven hits and walking a pair. It's been an uneven season for the veteran right-hander, but he's been terrific of late with just the three runs given up over his last three outings. He'll bring a 4.59 ERA into next weekend's start versus the White Sox.
Jun 21 - 4:22 PM

Anibal Sanchez was in top form on Monday, spinning a two-hit shutout against the Reds to earn his fifth win of the season.

It was a nice follow up to his previous effort in which he blanked the Cubs over 7 2/3 innings. Todd Frazier and Joey Votto accounted for the only hits, both singles. Sanchez issued no walks and struck out seven. It hasn't always been easy for him this season, as he still carries a meager 4.65 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and an 83/25 K/BB ratio over 91 innings. Sanchez will carry a 17 2/3 scoreless inning streak into a road start against the Yankees next.
Jun 15 - 9:58 PM

Anibal Sanchez kept the Cubs off the board for 7 2/3 innings to earn the win on Tuesday.

Sanchez allowed six hits -- all singles -- while walking two and striking out seven. The Cubs did have opportunities to punish Sanchez but couldn't capitalize. The right-hander has had an up-and-down season, at times looking dominant and looking awful at other times, resulting in a 5.16 ERA with a 1.28 WHIP and a 76/25 K/BB ratio in 82 innings. He'll look to keep it rolling in his next start, at home versus the Reds.
Jun 9 - 10:16 PM

Anibal Sanchez yielded four runs in seven innings Wednesday in a loss to the A's.

Sanchez bounced back well from a three-run second inning, but he finished the night with just one strikeout, a big dropoff from the 11 and nine of his previous two outings. He's gone his last four starts without a win, but at least these last two haven't been as bad as the previous ones.
Jun 3 - 10:01 PM

Anibal Sanchez struck out nine while allowing two runs in seven innings Friday against the Angels.

Sanchez took his sixth loss, but this still qualifies as an encouraging outing, even if he did give up his 12th homer of the season to Albert Pujols. It's the third time in four starts that he's struck out at least nine.
May 30 - 1:34 AM

Anibal Sanchez got a no-decision after giving up seven runs in 5 2/3 innings versus the Astros as the Tigers lost on Sunday.

The Astros stormed for three quick runs against Sanchez in the first inning, with two scoring on an Evan Gattis triple. Sanchez then balked to bring in Gattis. Sanchez settled down from there with four scoreless innings, but in the sixth, Gattis hit a solo home run and rookie Preston Tucker hit a pinch-hit three-run blast. Overall, Sanchez yielded eight hits and walked two while striking out 11. It's the second start in a row he's allowed seven runs. He has an unsightly 6.12 ERA with a 1.33 WHIP and a 59/17 K/BB ratio in 60 1/3 innings. Sanchez will vie for better results in a road start against the Angels next.
May 24 - 4:57 PM

Anibal Sanchez was demolished by the Brewers on Tuesday, serving up seven runs over 3 2/3 innings in a losing cause.

The Brewers scored six runs off of Sanchez in the third inning, including five on back-to-back-to-back home runs. Braun started the chain with a three-run blast, then was followed by solo shots from Adam Lind and Aramis Ramirez. He gave up seven hits overall along with two walks and two punch-outs. Sanchez has been prone to these outings so far this season as it's the fourth time he has allowed five or more runs in an outing. His ERA is up to 5.60 with a 1.28 WHIP and a 48/15 K/BB ratio in 54 2/3 innings. He'll look for a rebound performance against the Astros at home.
May 19 - 9:59 PM

Anibal Sanchez flummoxed the Twins on Thursday, limiting them to one run while striking out nine over eight innings.

In addition to the nine strikeouts, Sanchez walked just one. He surrendered an RBI single to Eduardo Escobar in the fourth inning, but the Twins didn't manage any other damage against the Detroit starter. The outing lowered his ERA to 4.76 and his WHIP to 1.20. He's also pitching to a 46/13 K/BB ratio over 51 innings. Sanchez has shown tantalizing flashes like this at different points in 2015, but he's yet to find a consistent groove. This start is an encouraging sign as he tries to get himself back on track. He'll look to build on it during a home outing against the Brewers next time he takes the mound.
May 14 - 4:19 PM

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C1Alex Avila
2James McCann
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Tyler Collins
CF1Anthony Gose
2Rajai Davis
RF1J.D. Martinez
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Anibal Sanchez
3Alfredo Simon
4Buck Farmer
5Daniel Norris
6Matt Boyd
7Kyle Lobstein
Relief Pitcher
R1Alex Wilson
2Bruce Rondon
3Al Alburquerque
4Blaine Hardy
5Neftali Feliz
6Ian Krol
7Shane Greene
8Joe Nathan