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Anibal Sanchez hands his no-hitter over to the Tigers’ bullpen in the seventh

Oct 12, 2013, 10:57 PM EDT

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Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez no-hit the Red Sox through six innings in ALCS Game 1, but he will not be allowed to complete it. Sanchez threw 116 pitches, prompting Tigers manager Jim Leyland to lift him from the game with the larger goal in mind. Reliever Al Alburquerque will be the first out of the bullpen tasked with preserving the no-hitter. He is slated to face Mike Carp (pinch-hitting for Will Middlebrooks), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (pinch-hitting for David Ross), and Jacoby Ellsbury.

Sanchez’s final line reads: 6 IP, 0 R, 0 H, 6 BB, 12 K.

The Tigers chased Red Sox starter Jon Lester with one out in the seventh. Lester hit Jose Iglesias with a pitch, then gave way to reliever Junichi Tazawa, who recorded two outs to send the game to the bottom of the seventh with his team down 1-0.

  1. frank433 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    @keithlaw: Sanchez’ outing is just the second postseason start ever with 12 K and 6 BB. Walter Johnson did it in 12 IP in 1924. (per @baseball_ref)

  2. whammy24 - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Jordan must have meant 6+ *full* innings since Verlander went 6.2 innings all of 2 days ago.

    • Bill Baer - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:11 PM

      It’s for finished outings, so Michael Wacha doesn’t qualify either.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 12, 2013 at 11:30 PM

      No, he meant longest outing while being taken out of a game with a no hitter. Not longest overall.

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