DETROIT You just never know how a player will react when the pressure is on, when the stakes are highest if they've never been there.
The Tigers found something out about Anibal Sanchez (4-6) Tuesday night.
They already knew that the Chicago White Sox (82-72) had lost to the Cleveland Indians earlier in the day and that they had a chance to tie them for first place in the Central Division. All they needed was to beat the always-game-in-August-and-September Kansas City Royals.
They also knew that Sanchez had pitched a no-hitter in his career.
What they didn't know was whether Sanchez was ready for playoff baseball.
After Sanchez threw a complete-game, 2-0 shutout while striking out 10 Royals, the Tigers (82-72) have their answer: Sanchez is up for the challenge.
"You don't throw a no-hitter in the big leagues without good stuff," catcher Gerald Laird said. "He's been a winning pitcher, he's won tons of games in the big leagues, he's been a big success for the Florida Marlins. ...