DETROIT There were two questions that had to be asked Friday night after Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez lost his no-hitter with one out in the ninth inning.
The first question was for Sanchez, who struck out a club-record 17 earlier this season.
What meant more to him: the strikeout total nobody else in the franchises 113-year history has reached or this one-hit, 6-0 win against the Minnesota Twins?
Getting the 17, yeah, Sanchez said no hesitation and a quick smile. I never got there before.
But he had a no-hitter as a rookie for the Florida Marlins, clamping down on the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sept. 6, 2006. And it was his fifth complete game of one hit or less.
Sanchez fanned 17 Atlanta Braves four weeks ago to the day, posting a five-hit shutout against a hot-hitting team for a 10-0 victory.
The second question was for Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who watched Sanchez walk off the mound after eight innings with 114 pitches under his belt. It was a total Sanchez hadn'...