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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 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

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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

Anibal Sanchez was hit hard in a losing effort against the Royals on Saturday, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits over his six innings.

Sanchez also issued three free passes while striking out two on the afternoon. The Royals jumped on him early in this one, scoring a pair of runs in each of the first two innings, including a homer by Alcides Escobar on his very first pitch. He has struggled through the first month-plus of the season and will bring a troublesome 5.44 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Friday's start against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
May 9 - 3:48 PM

Anibal Sanchez posted a strong start against the Royals on Sunday, surrendering three runs on four hits over 7 1/3 innings.

Sanchez struck out four and walked one in what was one of his better starts this season. The Royals were unable to dent the scoreboard through the first six innings. They scored two in the seventh and another two in the eighth, but the Tigers were able to hang on for the 6-4 victory. Sanchez moved to 2-3 with the win and the outing lowered his ERA to 5.11. He also holds a 1.16 WHIP and a 35/9 K/BB over 37 innings. The last time the 31-year-old posted an ERA higher than 4.00 was in 2008. He'll attempt to put up another good start against the Royals in his next start, this time at home.
May 3 - 6:33 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed nine hits and three runs over seven innings in Tuesday's loss to the Twins.

The final line actually looked worse than it was, with eight of the nine hits going for singles. Sanchez also showed good control, striking out six while not walking a batter. The Twins were just able to scratch one more run across than their opponents. Sanchez will carry a 1-3 record, 5.46 ERA and 1.28 WHIP into Sunday's contest against the Royals in Kansas City.
Apr 28 - 11:18 PM

Anibal Sanchez allowed just one run over 6 1/3 innings but got a no-decision as the Tigers lost to the Yankees on Thursday.

Sanchez and counterpart Masahiro Tanaka were both equally effective on this particular afternoon, resulting in no-decisions for both. Sanchez allowed just one hit, but issued four walks. He was able to limit what the Yankees could do by striking out eight batters. In his first two starts, Sanchez has been dominant twice and extremely hittable twice, so it's tough to gauge exactly where he's at. He owns a 5.96 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP, and a 25/8 K/BB ratio in 22 2/3 innings. Sanchez will have a favorable match-up in his next start, as he'll take on the Twins in Minnesota.
Apr 23 - 4:49 PM

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

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

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1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
2Hernan Perez
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Dixon Machado
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Yoenis Cespedes
CF1Anthony Gose
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2Justin Verlander
3Anibal Sanchez
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5Alfredo Simon
6Kyle Lobstein
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