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Bless You Boys Jun 28, 2016

Tigers’ Anibal Sanchez has been moved back to the bullpen

Sanchez is too combustible to be a starter. DETROIT — That didn’t take long. The Tigers have decided to move Anibal Sanchez back into the bullpen after he gave up four runs during Saturday’s start. In the ‘pen he’s been dependable, but at this point the team can’t count on him to start games due to his combustible nature in the rotation. In the bullpen, Sanchez had at least been helpful. He’d given up a run on two different occasions but was otherwise steady, and had six strikeouts and only two walks in 9 2/3 innings pitched for a 1.86 ERA. Taking the disclaimer regarding...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 28, 2016
Anibal Sanchez returning to Tigers' bullpen after getting roughed up by Indians

Anibal Sanchez returning to Tigers' bullpen after getting roughed up by Indians

Sanchez allowed four earned runs, five hits, two home runs and two walks while striking out three in five innings against Cleveland last week. DETROIT - Anibal Sanchez's return to the Detroit Tigers' rotation lasted one start. Manager Brad Ausmus said Tuesday the veteran right-hander will return to the bullpen, where he spent more than three weeks before getting a start Saturday against the Cleveland Indians. Against the Indians, Sanchez allowed four earned runs, five hits, two home runs and two walks while striking out three in five innings. It was his first...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 26, 2016
Did Anibal Sanchez do enough to stay in the Tigers' starting rotation?

Did Anibal Sanchez do enough to stay in the Tigers' starting rotation?

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus played coy Saturday after a 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. DETROIT -- All things considered, Anibal Sanchez was satisfied. In his first start in nearly a month Saturday, Sanchez gave the Detroit Tigers five innings and ended on a strong note in their 6-0 loss to the Cleveland Indians. But was it enough to stay in the mix for the fifth spot in the starting rotation? "I don't know," Sanchez said after his five-hit, four-run outing. "It's not my call." The decision will have to wait at least another day after Tigers manager Brad Ausmus...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 25, 2016
Anibal Sanchez struggles, Tigers shut out in 7th straight loss to Indians

Anibal Sanchez struggles, Tigers shut out in 7th straight loss to Indians

Tigers pitching surrendered four home runs in the 6-0 loss, including two in the first inning off Sanchez. DETROIT -- There was hope Anibal Sanchez had worked through his struggles in the bullpen. After this outing, he may be headed back there. Sanchez was tagged for five hits in another shortened outing Saturday, including a pair of first-inning home runs, as the Detroit Tigers lost 6-0 to the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park. It was the second straight loss for the Tigers (38-37), who fall six games out of first place in the American League Central and an...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 25, 2016
Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez returns to rotation against Indians

Detroit Tigers Gameday: Anibal Sanchez returns to rotation against Indians

The Tigers have lost all seven games theyve played against the Indians this season. GAME INFORMATIONWho: Detroit Tigers (38-36) vs. Cleveland Indians (42-30)When: 4:10 p.m. Saturday, June 25Where: Comerica Park, DetroitTV: Fox Sports DetroitRadio: 97.1 The Ticket and the Detroit Tigers radio networkTwitter: Follow Aaron McMann STARTING PITCHERSDetroit TigersRH Anibal Sanchez (4-7, 5.97 ERA) Cleveland IndiansRH Carlos Carrasco (2-2, 3.26 ERA) GAME NOTES--Detroit has dropped all seven games it has played against Cleveland this season, including last night's...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 21, 2016
Anibal Sanchez going back into Tigers' rotation, Daniel Norris to start Thursday vs. Seattle

Anibal Sanchez going back into Tigers' rotation, Daniel Norris to start Thursday vs. Seattle

Manager Brad Ausmus, who didnt want to go into detail about the rotation shakeup, said Mike Pelfreys next start will be moved to Tuesday, indicating rookie Michael Fulmer will miss a start. DETROIT - Anibal Sanchez pitched well enough in six relief appearances to regain a spot in the Detroit Tigers starting rotation and Daniel Norris will be recalled from Triple A Toledo to join him, at least for one game. Manager Brad Ausmus said after Tuesday's 4-2 victory over Seattle that Sanchez, who was banished to the bullpen June 1, will start Saturday against the...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 9, 2016
Tigers notes: Anibal Sanchez sharp again in second stint out of bullpen

Tigers notes: Anibal Sanchez sharp again in second stint out of bullpen

Sanchez threw two-plus innings of scoreless relief Wednesday in a 7-2 loss to the Blue Jays. DETROIT -- It's only a start, a small step at that, but Anibal Sanchez remains scoreless after more than three innings out of the bullpen. He made his second stint Wednesday in the Detroit Tigers' 7-2 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, allowing just a hit in 2 1/3 innings of relief after a rough start from Jordan Zimmermann. Most importantly, Tigers manager Brad Ausmus liked what he saw. "He kept them where they were, (in case) we were able to make any type of push to come...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 6, 2016
Anibal Sanchez perfect in debut out of Tigers' bullpen

Anibal Sanchez perfect in debut out of Tigers' bullpen

Sanchez pitched a clean eighth inning in Mondays 11-0 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays. DETROIT -- There was little on the line this time around, but it was exactly what all parties involved wanted to see. Anibal Sanchez, relegated to the bullpen after a rough start to 2016, pitched a clean eighth inning Monday in the Detroit Tigers' 11-0 rout of the Toronto Blue Jays. Sanchez entered with a 9-0 lead and required just 11 pitches to retire the Blue Jays lineup in order. "I knew what the score was and I just tried to (make) the ball hittable for everybody," Sanchez...
Bless You Boys Jun 1, 2016

Moving Tigers' Anibal Sanchez to the bullpen is only part of the solution

The Tigers have more than Sanchez to worry about with their pitching staff. Left unchecked, the Detroit Tigers' pitching staff will be the ruin of their 2016 season. Detroit's pitching currently ranks among the worst in Major League Baseball, but the team has taken steps to prevent that by putting Anibal Sanchez in the bullpen. As is, the powerhouse lineup can survive -- even thrive -- this year, but the pitching cannot. The Tigers are listed among the bottom 10 teams in ERA, FIP, and HR/9. May is worse, with both the rotation and bullpen listed as one of the five-worst in all three...
Grand Rapids Press Jun 1, 2016
Struggling Anibal Sanchez headed to Tigers bullpen

Struggling Anibal Sanchez headed to Tigers bullpen

Sanchez, 3-6 with a 6.67 ERA in 11 starts in 2016, was pulled after three innings Tuesday. ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The saga that is Anibal Sanchez and his struggling arsenal took a potentially career-changing turn Wednesday. The Detroit Tigers have moved the right-handed pitcher to the bullpen. In a move announced by Brad Ausmus before their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels, the Tigers manager says he hopes it can help Sanchez find his location, and subsequently his flailing confidence, after a disappointing start to the season. "I mean, it's not what we...
Bless You Boys Jun 1, 2016

Tigers move Anibal Sanchez to the bullpen

Sanchez and his 6.67 ERA are no longer fit for starting duty, per manager Brad Ausmus. Hours after allowing six runs on eight hits in a start against the Los Angeles Angels, Anibal Sanchez is a starter no more. Manager Brad Ausmus told reporters Wednesday that Sanchez will be moved to the bullpen, a shake-up that many called for yet few truly expected until Sanchez's latest blow-up. The Tigers have not yet announced a starter for Sanchez's place in the rotation, but lefthander Matt Boyd will soon be displaced with Jordan Zimmermann returning to action on Friday. Sanchez was viewed by many...
Bless You Boys Jun 1, 2016

The Tigers can't leave Anibal Sanchez in the rotation

Everyone knows it's over. After last night's debacle, the Tigers do too. The Detroit Tigers seem to have finally exhausted all patience with the struggling members of their starting rotation. If anyone had any illusions left about Anibal Sanchez as a starting pitcher, Tuesday's game against the Los Angeles Angels has to be the final straw. The bad news? Mike Pelfrey may be worse yet. For weeks now, the only real question remaining was how long the Tigers would let this go on. It's hard to know what to do with Pelfrey. In some ways he has been worse than Sanchez, but of late he has been...
Bless You Boys Jun 1, 2016

Detroit Tigers links: Is it time to give Anibal Sanchez a rest?

Poor performances have brought the pitcher's worth into question. Another start, another opponent trotting around the bases. After years of being one of the most consistent starters in Major League Baseball -- including an American League ERA title in 2013 -- Anibal Sanchez can't keep the ball in the play. Sanchez spent the early part of his career in Miami averaging around 20 home runs allowed per season. However, over the next two years he became one of the best pitchers in baseball at keeping the ball in the park, surrendering only 13 home runs in 2013 and 2014. He has allowed 43 in...

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