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Anibal Sanchez hit hard in first start with Tigers

Jul 28, 2012, 5:09 PM EDT

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Anibal Sanchez stumbled in his Tigers’ debut this afternoon, giving up five runs over six-plus innings in a 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays.

Sanchez, who was acquired from the Marlins this week along with second baseman Omar Infante, allowed eight hits and three walks. This included a season-high three home runs. Edwin Encarnacion and Yunel Escobar both had solo shots while Colby Rasmus‘ two-run blast in the bottom of the seventh chased Sanchez from the ballgame.

Sanchez’s season ERA jumped from 3.94 to 4.11 in the loss. The impending free agent has a 5.81 ERA over his last 10 starts dating back to the start of June. It will be interesting to see how he fares pitching in the more difficult league, but if healthy, his peripherals and track record both suggest that he should be a fine addition to the Tigers’ rotation down the stretch.

Henderson Alvarez limited the Tigers to five hits over seven innings of one-run ball en route to improving to an even 7-7 on the year. The Blue Jays have won three in a row to move within 3 1/2 games in the Wild Card race while the Tigers have dropped three straight to fall two games behind the White Sox in the American League Central.

  1. mydadyourmom - Jul 28, 2012 at 5:43 PM

    The Jays hurt many a pitchers feelings!

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 28, 2012 at 6:13 PM

    The Jays do score a lot of runs and hits a lot of home runs. They currently lead the majors in runs scored and are second in home runs. Sanchez did much better against the Jays today than he did when he was with the Marlins earlier in the season. Today’s performance was a big improvement over that game. He should be better the next time out.

  3. 1972wasalongtimeago - Jul 29, 2012 at 1:03 AM

    You can take the pitcher out of the Marlins. But you can’t take the Marlins out of the pitcher.

  4. xjokerz - Jul 29, 2012 at 5:43 AM

    And this trade just looks worse and worse for the tigers. Way to go dombrowski u fuck tard

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