DETROIT It was the perfect Detroit welcome for new starter Anibal Sanchez.
Sanchez, acquired from the Miami Marlins on July 23, gave up back-to-back singles to the Cleveland Indians' Jason Kipnis and Asdrubal Cabrera to start the game, then was the lucky recipient of a double play as Cabrera ran out of the baseline.
"The first two hitters, I just leave the ball up, throw strikes, and they swing," Sanchez said. "I know they swing first pitch a lot, and I need to keep the ball down, and the double play take me out of the first inning. The rest, I try to keep the ball down in the strike zone."
Sanchez, who gave up five runs on eight in a 5-1 loss in his first Tigers start, allowed just two runs (one earned) on eight hits while walking two and striking out five in six-plus innings in a 10-2 victory Friday night.
"I think we probably, as it turned out, won that game in the first inning," manager Jim Leyland said. "We caught a big break, (Cabrera) went out of the baseline and we got ...