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Anibal Sanchez | Starting Pitcher

Team: Detroit Tigers
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/27/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 207
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Anibal Sanchez struck out eight while allowing three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Indians.
Sanchez threw 104 pitches, so once again, he failed to go deep into a game. While he has a 3.21 ERA, he's pitched just 14 innings in his three starts to date. Now, the first of those outings was shortened to four innings by rain, but he should be going more than five innings when it's dry. Because of the short outings, he doesn't have a win, even though the Tigers have prevailed in two of his starts. Apr 16 - 11:22 PM

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Anibal Sanchez will start Wednesday against the Indians.

Sanchez was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Justin Verlander will now start Thursday while Drew Smyly's first start of the season will be pushed back until later in the week.
Apr 15 - 4:02 PM

Tuesday's game between the Indians and Tigers was postponed due to inclement weather.

The game will be made up at a later date. Tuesday's starters, Zach McAllister and Anibal Sanchez, will presumably be pushed back to Wednesday.
Apr 15 - 2:10 PM

Anibal Sanchez surrendered three runs -- only one of which was earned -- on six hits and a walk over five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

The right-hander whiffed six in an inefficient outing, as Sanchez required 110 pitches to secure 15 outs. He was actually in line for the win before Joe Nathan coughed up a three-run ninth inning lead. Sanchez has now only completed merely nine innings over two starts, as his first outing of the year was interrupted by a short rain delay. Sanchez will play host to division rival Cleveland on Tuesday evening in Michigan.
Apr 10 - 2:31 AM

Anibal Sanchez pitched four innings of two-run ball against the Orioles on Friday before a short rain delay ended his outing.

After Sanchez had a shoulder scare this spring, the Tigers did the safe thing today and shut him down rather than let him return after a 36-minute rain delay. Unfortunately, the decision cost Sanchez what looked like an easy win with the Tigers up 7-2 after four.
Apr 4 - 5:25 PM

Anibal Sanchez's scheduled Thursday debut has been pushed to Friday due to rain in the Detroit area.

Thursday's series-finale between the Tigers and Royals had to be postponed, so Sanchez will make his 2014 regular-season debut against the Orioles on Friday night.
Apr 3 - 12:10 PM

Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) threw 71 pitches Monday in a minor league game.

Sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, this was his first game action since March 12. Sanchez allowed a run on seven hits and one walk over four innings while striking out four. Assuming he bounces back OK, he lines up for an exhibition start against the Nationals on Saturday, setting him up to pitch third game of the regular season next Thursday against the Royals.
Mar 24 - 4:43 PM

Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Sanchez was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday and played catch Thursday with no issues. If Saturday's bullpen session goes off without a hitch, Sanchez will pitch in a minor league game on Monday. The right-hander's shoulder issue is a red flag, but for the moment it's looking like he'll avoid the disabled list to start the season.
Mar 21 - 10:56 AM

Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will make two more starts in spring training.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had already named Sanchez the No. 3 starter. He'll take the ball for the third game of the regular season and start again six days later. Sanchez received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Tuesday, so he's taking things easy Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, he'll make his next start on Monday, though Ausmus declined to confirm that date.
Mar 19 - 2:47 PM

Anibal Sanchez received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder and will rest for three days.

Sanchez was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday due to right shoulder inflammation, but the Tigers aren't overly concerned right now. Barring any setbacks, he'll make his next start next Monday. He still has a shot to start the third game of the regular season.
Mar 18 - 11:04 AM

Anibal Sanchez was scratched from Monday's start due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

Anything related to the shoulder is always a concern and is especially so with Sanchez's past shoulder issues. However, the Tigers think he'll be fine for his next start. You might recall that Sanchez was scratched from a start last season with a shoulder issue, was blasted in his first start back and then placed on the DL. Hopefully things will go better this time around.
Mar 17 - 1:17 PM

Anibal Sanchez racked up five strikeouts in his three innings of work in Friday's loss to the Yankees in Grapefruit League action.

The veteran right-hander surrendered two runs on four hits in his three frames, with all of the damage coming on a towering two-run homer off the bat of Carlos Beltran. Sanchez, who led the American League with a 2.57 ERA in 2013, looks poised for another strong season in 2014.
Mar 8 - 9:57 AM

Anibal Sanchez was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on nine hits over six innings in Thursday's loss to the Red Sox.

Sanchez attacked the plate more than he did in Game 1, not walking a single batter after issuing six free passes over the weekend. The Red Sox had no trouble squaring him up, though, as four of their nine hits went for extra bases. He struck out five Thursday after whiffing 12 in Game 1. All Sanchez can do now is sit and wait, hoping he gets another shot in the World Series. The Tigers turn to Max Scherzer in Game 6.
Fri, Oct 18, 2013 12:12:00 AM

Anibal Sanchez threw six hitless innings in the Tigers' 1-0 ALCS Game 1 win over the Red Sox.

Sanchez was effectively wild, fanning 12 batters but issuing six walks. All that extra work had his pitch count at 116 pitches after six innings so the Tigers had no choice but to pull him. Al Alburquerque, Jose Veras and Drew Smyly kept the no-no going through the bottom of the eighth, but closer Joaquin Benoit gave up a Daniel Nava one-out single in the bottom of the ninth. Detroit leads the best-of-seven 1-0. Game 2 is at Fenway Park on Sunday night.
Sun, Oct 13, 2013 12:27:00 AM

Tigers manager Jim Leyland has named Anibal Sanchez his ALCS Game 1 starter.

Max Scherzer probably could have come back on three days' rest after throwing two relief innings Tuesday, but Leyland has decided not to push him. Sanchez really struggled in Game 3 of the ALDS but, of course, led the AL in ERA during the regular season. Leyland wouldn't reveal his rotation beyond Game 1, but Scherzer will surely get Game 2 and Justin Verlander Game 3. The Red Sox will send Jon Lester to the hill in Game 1.
Fri, Oct 11, 2013 12:01:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Alex Avila
2Bryan Holaday
1B1Miguel Cabrera
2B1Ian Kinsler
SS1Jose Iglesias
2Andrew Romine
3Danny Worth
3B1Nick Castellanos
LF1Andy Dirks
2Rajai Davis
CF1Austin Jackson
2Don Kelly
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Victor Martinez
Starting Pitcher
S1Justin Verlander
2Max Scherzer
3Anibal Sanchez
4Rick Porcello
5Drew Smyly
Relief Pitcher
R1Joe Nathan
2Joba Chamberlain
3Ian Krol
4Al Alburquerque
5Phil Coke
6Evan Reed
7Luke Putkonen
8Bruce Rondon
9Justin Miller