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Grand Rapids Press Aug 18, 2016
A no-hit bid deep into a game? Anibal Sanchez has been there 7 times before

A no-hit bid deep into a game? Anibal Sanchez has been there 7 times before

Sanchez went 6 2/3 innings without allowing a hit Wednesday night. Hes taken a no-hitter into the seventh inning seven times in his career. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez pitched the only no-hitter of his career nearly a decade ago when he was a rookie for the Florida Marlins. But he's flirted with others many times before. In fact, according to ESPN Stats and Info, Sanchez has taken seven no-hit bids into the seventh inning in his career. That's more than any active pitcher except Justin Verlander, who just happens to have the Tigers' last no-hitter, in...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
Tigers bullpen, bats falter as Royals complete series sweep

Tigers bullpen, bats falter as Royals complete series sweep

Anibal Sanchez had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings and exited to a standing ovation after seven scoreless innings. DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez took a no-hitter into the seventh inning, but it wasn't enough to keep the Detroit Tigers from being swept Wednesday night at Comerica Park. The Kansas City Royals beat the Tigers 4-1 to wrap up a series that has seen the Tigers' playoff fortunes plunge as the injury list grows and offensive struggles mount. Sanchez had a no-hitter through 6 2/3 innings when Eric Hosmer doubled to left-center with two outs. Sanchez...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has no-hitter through 6 innings

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has no-hitter through 6 innings

Sanchez has struck out seven batters and thrown 88 pitches after six. DETROIT -- Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez has not allowed a hit through six innings. Sanchez has struck out seven batters and thrown 88 pitches.  Sanchez walked two batters in the fifth inning, although one of the baserunners was erased trying to steal second. The Tigers lead the Royals 1-0 after six innings. Victor Martinez hit a solo home run to right field in the second inning to provide the game's only scoring.   Sanchez is coming off one of his worst starts of the season. He...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 17, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Will the offense get back on track against Royals?

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Will the offense get back on track against Royals?

Anibal Sanchez is scheduled to get the start for the Tigers. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (63-56) vs. Kansas City Royals (59-60)When: 7:10 p.m. ET Wednesday, August 17Where: Comerica Park in DetroitTV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Evan Woodbery STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRHP Anibal Sanchez (6-12, 6.31 ERA) Kansas City RoyalsRHP Yordano Ventura  (8-9, 4.60 ERA) GAME NOTES--Detroit has lost two straight to slip six games behind Cleveland in the American League Central and 3.5...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2016

Game 120 Preview: Kansas City Royals at Detroit Tigers

Anibal Sanchez hopes to shake off his most recent outing. Everything was going right for the Detroit Tigers: a sweep in Boston, a sweep against Houston, series wins against the White Sox and Mets. A six-game deficit in the AL Central on July 24 was narrowed down to just two games a couple weeks later, and the Tigers actually found themselves in the last playoff spot. But as quickly as everything seemed to come together, it all came unraveling even faster. Anibal Sanchez's experience in the rotation has followed a similar progression. Brought back into a starter slot out of necessity, his...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2016

Trade for Erick Aybar a cautionary move for Tigers

Getting Aybar for Aviles might be an upgrade, but the reasons why it had to happen are not encouraging. For months, Detroit Tigers fans have gnashed at the thought of Mike Aviles getting any sort of playing time. While this seems harsh, it was rather justified given Aviles’ performance. He is hitting .210/.258/.269 in 181 plate appearances and has been worth -1.4 fWAR. On Tuesday, the Tigers dealt him and prospect Kade Scivicque to the Atlanta Braves for shortstop Erick Aybar. Remember all that vitriol we had towards Aviles? Braves fans have felt the exact same way about Aybar. The...
Bless You Boys Aug 17, 2016

Detroit Tigers Links admits its mistakes

Those mistakes played more than we really wanted them to play. The long national nightmare is over We have all been extremely harsh on Mike Aviles this year, and rightfully so. He has added absolutely nothing on offense for the Tigers. But this wasn’t really his fault; he’s just not very good. This was a management mistake. Mike Aviles should not have been on this team. Al Avila finally fixed that mistake yesterday. The Tigers traded Aviles and their No. 20 prospect, Kade Scivicque, to Atlanta for Erick Aybar. While it isn’t a blockbuster deal, it certainly presents an upgrade for the...
Bless You Boys Aug 16, 2016

Royals 6, Tigers 1: Danny Duffy dominates Detroit as Tigers drop 2nd straight

The Tigers offense disappeared for the second night in a row against Royals pitching. The Detroit Tigers returned home with high hopes after taking two of three from the Texas Rangers. That optimism has been thwarted (and then some) after a second consecutive loss to the Kansas City Royals, this one a 6-1 defeat at Comerica Park on Tuesday evening. Tigers starter Justin Verlander retired the first eight batters he faced, but before whispers of a no-hitter could start, he hung a breaking ball to rookie second baseman Raul Mondesi. While he doesn’t possess the power that his father did, the...
Bless You Boys Aug 16, 2016

Tigers acquire Erick Aybar from Braves, trade Mike Aviles

The Tigers improve their infield depth while shedding the struggling utility man. The Detroit Tigers announced before Tuesday’s game that they completed a trade with the Atlanta Braves centered around infielder Erick Aybar. Aybar has made appearances at six different positions in his career, but the overwhelming majority of his time has been spent at shortstop. In 97 games with the Braves this season, Aybar is hitting .242/.293/.313 with two home runs and three steals. His 60 wRC+ is on pace for the lowest of any full season in his career, and his -5 DRS and -7.4 UZR are also below his...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 13, 2016
'Speed bump' or setback for Anibal Sanchez? Tigers have no choice but to press ahead

'Speed bump' or setback for Anibal Sanchez? Tigers have no choice but to press ahead

Globe Life Park and the Texas Rangers potent lineup, neither easy assignments for pitchers, were especially devastating for Sanchez. ARLINGTON, Texas -- In 2013, when Anibal Sanchez went 14-8 with a 2.57 ERA and finished fourth in Cy Young Award balloting, he allowed a home run every 20 innings. In 2016, he's done so every 4 2/3 innings.  No one is expecting the Sanchez of 2013 to return, but Sanchez's first four starts after the All-Star break offered some hope that he might be at least a credible back-end innings-eater in the Tigers rotation. But Globe...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 13, 2016
Anibal Sanchez hit hard as Tigers suffer 5th straight loss

Anibal Sanchez hit hard as Tigers suffer 5th straight loss

The Tigers (61-54) will face Cy Young candidate Cole Hamels on Saturday. ARLINGTON, Texas -- Anibal Sanchez, whose miserable 2016 season finally seemed to be turning a corner, endured a long night against one of the best lineups in baseball. Sanchez surrendered a season-high eight runs in four innings as the Detroit Tigers lost to the Texas Rangers, 8-5, Friday night at Globe Life Park. The Rangers hit four home runs off of Sanchez, including two by newly acquired catcher Jonathan Lucroy. The Tigers scored three runs in the seventh on home runs by James McCann...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 8, 2016
3 key reasons for Anibal Sanchez's recent resurgence on the mound

3 key reasons for Anibal Sanchez's recent resurgence on the mound

Sanchez turned in his third quality start since the All-Star break on Sunday, tossing a season-high eight innings while only allowing a run. DETROIT -- When Anibal Sanchez walked off the field Sunday at Comerica Park for good, after eight strong innings that helped preserve the bullpen and gave a short-handed Detroit Tigers team a fighting chance, it was to a standing ovation. Sanchez pounded his glove and pumped his fist for the forgiving crowd of 32,074, a rare sequence of events for the starting pitcher-turned reliever-turned starter. The righty allowed just...
Bless You Boys Aug 7, 2016

Mets 3, Tigers 1: Dismal offensive day ruins Anibal Sanchez’s brilliant start

K-Rod’s awful ninth inning was the final nail in the coffin of a winnable game. DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez gave the Tigers a performance reminiscent of his old self, but the offense didn’t reciprocate with run support. Compounded by Francisco Rodriguez’s rough ninth, the Tigers failed to secure a sweep and lost 3-1 to the Mets in the last game of the homestand. Sanchez wasn’t just good, he was dominant. He pitched around the corners with ease and had all his pitches working with movement. The velocity was back up and the Mets’ hitters couldn’t hit him, tallying just four hits...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 7, 2016
Anibal Sanchez strikes out 10, but Tigers lose game in 9th to Mets

Anibal Sanchez strikes out 10, but Tigers lose game in 9th to Mets

Francisco Rodriguez surrendered a two-run homer to Neil Walker in the ninth inning of Sundays 3-1 loss. DETROIT -- The long ball struck Francisco Rodriguez again. The Detroit Tigers closer surrendered a two-run home run to Neil Walker in the ninth inning Sunday to lose a 3-1 game to the New York Mets at Comerica Park. Rodriguez, pitching in his third straight game, entered in a non-save situation and hit Alejandro De Aza with a pitch before Walker took him deep to right field. The blast ruined a strong outing from Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez, who struck out 10...
Grand Rapids Press Aug 7, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Searching for a sweep of the Mets with Anibal Sanchez

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Searching for a sweep of the Mets with Anibal Sanchez

The Tigers won 6-5 on Saturday, their 10th win in 11 games. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (61-49, 2nd in AL Central) vs. New York Mets (56-54, 3rd in NL East)When: 1:10 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7Where: Comerica Park, Detroit, Mich.TV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Aaron McMann STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRH Anibal Sanchez (6-11, 6.26 ERA)Lifetime vs. Mets: 4-5, 4.45 ERA in 11 starts New York MetsRH Jacob deGrom (7-5, 2.41 ERA)Lifetime vs. Tigers: Never faced Detroit GAME NOTES* How...

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