Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 5/24/13
DETROIT -- Anibal Sanchez just missed another shot at the history books. Four weeks after setting a Tigers record with 17 strikeouts, Sanchez came within two batters of his second career no-hitter Friday night. He walked two and struck out 12 while beating the Minnesota Twins 6-0. Sanchez struck out Jamey Carroll to start the ninth, but Joe Mauer lined a clean single to center. Sanchez threw his head back in frustration before giving a wry smile and retiring the last two hitters. Sanchez walked batters in each of the first two innings, but then retired 18 straight before walking Eduardo Escobar in the eighth. The closest any Twin came to breaking up the no-hitter was when Chris Parmalee hit a hard bouncer up the middle, but Sanchez fielded it at head height and easily threw him out. Brian Dozier almost beat out an infield single in the sixth, but umpire Andy Fletcher correctly called him out. The crowd gasped when Justin Morneau hit a hard liner up the middle in the seventh, but Jhonny Peralta only needed one step to make the catch. It would have been the first Tigers no-hitter since Justin Verlander threw his second in Toronto on May 7, 2011, and the first at Comerica Park since Verlander did it to Milwaukee on June 12, 2007. Sanchez no-hit Arizona while pitching for Florida on Sept. 6, 2006.
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