Injuries, division rivals providing early test for Tigers

Justin Verlander hasn't appeared in a single game. Victor Martinez has hit only one home run, and Anibal Sanchez has allowed 11. All things considered, the Detroit Tigers are off to a solid star - but they're still waiting for significant contributions from some of their biggest stars. ''I know it's a good team,'' manager Brad Ausmus said. ''You hope over 162 games, the fact that...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Tucker's pinch-hit heroics land him in Astros' record books

There are strong first impressions, and then there's what Houston Astros rookie Preston Tucker is doing. On Sunday, Tucker lofted a pinch-hit three-run home run off Detroit Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez to tie the score at 7. A big hit like that is already noteworthy, but for Tucker, this was even bigger: it was his second pinch-hit home run of the series. The Astros would go on...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

MLB Game Picks - Sunday: May 24, 2015

As good as Friday was for picking baseball games, Saturday was just as bad on the flip side. Everything that went right on Friday went wrong on Saturday. There were three extra-inning games. They all went against me. Matt Harvey was rocked. CC Sabathia was rocked (thanks also to bad defense). The Rays and Cardinals lost pitching duels. It was a bad, bad day. Oh, and for the thousandth...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Weekend, May 23-25

With Memorial Day coming this Monday, we have a rare full slate of baseball to kick off the fantasy week. Unfortunately, it’s one of the more mediocre sets of probable starters I can remember. There are 19 pitchers that rate average or better, but 12 of them rate between 100-110, meaning only a little above average. Both Saturday and Sunday have only eight such starts. At the...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Daily DraftKings Picks: Thursday, May 21

On Tuesday I recommended a Rangers stack at Wade Miley and the Red Sox with the wind blowing out to left field. I also recommended Anibal Sanchez against the Brewers. Well, the Rangers were so-so and Sanchez blew up for about -7 points. Below is a screenshot of Tuesday’s Official Lineup with one notable change — it has James Shields instead of Sanchez. Why am I showing the Shields...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Tigers' Sanchez stingy at home against NL opponents

Anibal Sanchez has been tough to score on in winning three interleague home starts with the Detroit Tigers. His opponent is a pitcher who has a 3-12 record as a starter, with no wins in his last six. Sanchez figures to have an edge over the Milwaukee Brewers' Jimmy Nelson in Tuesday night's matchup (6 p.m. pregame, 7:08 first pitch on FOX Sports Detroit). Detroit (23-16) seeks to...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers insane day/night splits a sign of trouble?

You may have already noticed something weird about the Detroit Tigers this year. You may have even read about it a week or so ago when Chris Iott of MLive covered it. And to quote Nick Miller from Fox’s New Girl – “You want weird? I’ll give you weird!” If you think the Tigers play better in day games, well that’s because they do. If you think Miguel Cabrera is doing all...
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Cruise to Victory Behind Unlikely Hero in Jeremy Guthrie

Anibal Sanchez owns the Royals. Detroit owns the Kansas City Royals version of Jeremy Guthrie (but not as much as I thought). The Royals won, of course. Because, Baseball. Sanchez’s last start against the Royals (last Sunday) was the first time in eight starts against the Royals that he had allowed more than one earned run, it increased his career ERA to 1.40 against KC (6...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals seek to even weekend series after losing opener in Detroit

The Detroit Tigers moved past the Kansas City Royals atop the AL Central with a walk-off win in the series opener. They appear to have a good chance to pad their lead with Anibal Sanchez taking the mound at Comerica Park. After carrying a perfect game into the sixth inning last weekend in Kansas City, Sanchez looks to continue his home dominance against the Royals on Saturday. A...
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18 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2015.27: Tigers at White Sox

The Tigers looked like they were heading for a losing series in Kansas City, until a complete game gem by David Price and 5 innings or perfect game to start Sunday’s game by Anibal Sanchez led them back to what turned out to be a satisfying series split. Hopefully the day off didn’t cool any momentum the Tigers had, and if momentum in baseball is really your next game’s starter...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Royals Drop Finale to Detroit, Settle for Series Split

Anibal Sanchez continued to dominate the Royals, even if he actually allowed more than one run in Sunday's outing. The Tigers' offense finally broke out, scoring more runs on Sunday than they did in the first three games of the series together en route to a 6-4 victory over the Royals. A steady arsenal of hits against Jeremy Guthrie did the trick for Detroit; it banged out 11...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Cabrera, Sanchez carry Tigers to 6-4 victory over Royals

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer, Anibal Sanchez carried a perfect game into the sixth inning and the Detroit Tigers held on to beat the Kansas City Royals 6-4 Sunday to salvage a split of their four-game series. Alex Avila also drove in three runs for the Tigers, who dropped the first two games of the series before squeaking out a 2-1 victory behind David...
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23 days ago  |  Discuss

Game 2014.26: Tigers at Royals

David Price responded in true ace form yesterday, with a 5 hit masterpiece that was 1 out from being a complete game shutout. KC fans went nuts after Cain hit a bomb to trim the lead to 2-1 in the bottom of the 9th, but Price responded by striking out Hosmer in 4 pitches. It was a desperately need win b/c the prospects of being swept in a 4 game series against what looks to be our...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

It's Guthrie's turn to hold Tigers' bats in check

Anibal Sanchez has always shined against the Kansas City Royals. Jeremy Guthrie finally slowed down Miguel Cabrera last year, though he had his share of trouble with other Detroit Tigers. These pitchers with high ERAs will be tasked with slowing down these top-hitting clubs in this four-game series finale at Kauffman Stadium. Sanchez (1-3, 5.46 ERA) and Guthrie will be tested since...
Via AP on Fox
24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers Leadoff: Detroit looks for series tie in weekend finale against the Royals

Looking to at least even up the long weekend series, the Tigers (16-9) take on the Kansas City Royals (16-8) in the finale of the four-game weekend set from Kauffman Stadium. Getting the call on the mound for Detroit will be Anibal Sanchez whose enjoyed plenty of success against the Royals throughout his career. Meanwhile KC will counter with Jeremy Guthrie who last beat the Tigers...
Via The Majors Detroit
24 days ago  |  Discuss

The Tigers Leadoff: Sanchez looks to pitch Tigers to 15th Win

The Tigers are looking to pick up their fourth straight win and their fifteenth win of the young season as they take on the Minnesota Twins in the second game of a three game mid-week series. The Tigers took the first game 5-4 behind home runs from Jose Iglesias and Yoenis Cespedes in the 1st inning. Iglesias was also only a double away from hitting for the cycle on the night. The...
Via The Majors Detroit
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Previewing the Twins series

After a less than stellar week against the New York Yankees and the Cleveland Indians, the Detroit Tigers travel to Minnesota to take on the Twins for a 3 game series to open the week. The Tigers have faced the Twins one other time already this season when they opened 2015 with 3 efficient beat-downs of Minnesota. Since then the Tigers went on to win 6 of their next 7 as well as...
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Good pitching, not enough hitting in Tigers' 2-1 loss

DETROIT (AP) The Detroit Tigers got a big outing from a key pitcher Thursday afternoon. Now they just need their offense to come back from the freezer. Anibal Sanchez broke out of his slump, allowing one run on one hit and four walks in 6 1/3 innings, but the Tigers couldn't do anything against Masahiro Tanaka and the Yankees bullpen in a 2-1 loss. Detroit lost three of four to...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Tigers waste solid outing by Sanchez

DETROIT (AP) -- Brian McCann drove in Jacoby Ellsbury with the tie-breaking run in the eighth inning and the New York Yankees held on to beat the Detroit Tigers 2-1 on a chilly Thursday afternoon. Ellsbury led off the eighth with a double off Tom Gorzelanny (0-1), took third on Brett Gardner's sacrifice bunt and scored on McCann's groundout. The teams played in brutal conditions...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily Pitcher Duels: April 18

Today’s games boast a crown jewel and a bunch of other contenders for games you really ought to check out. With this slate, there’s almost no way you can go wrong. Check ’em out: Chris Sale (CWS) vs. Anibal Sanchez (DET) 1:08 PM ET Sale’s debut against the Twins on Sunday went about as one might expect. The Condor was downright filthy as he fanned eight while walking...
Via The Sports Post
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss

LEADING OFF: Tigers, Royals unbeaten, Fenway Park opener

A look at what's happening all around the major leagues Monday: --- ON THE PROWL Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers try to wreck Pittsburgh's home opener. Anibal Sanchez hopes to pitch them to their first 7-0 start since 1984, the year Detroit romped to the World Series championship. ROLLIN' ROYALS Danny Duffy starts for 6-0 Kansas City at Target Field. It's the home opener for Minnesota...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Previewing the Pirates

After 2 consecutive series sweeps of Minnesota and Cleveland, respectively, the Detroit Tigers travel on to Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for a 3 game series at PNC Park beginning at 1:35 p.m. on Monday. The Tigers will face their toughest challenge yet in opposing pitchers as the Pirates have Gerrit Cole, A.J. Burnett, and Francisco Liriano slated to start on the mound. Anibal...
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Preview: Twins at Tigers

Former teammates Anibal Sanchez and Ricky Nolasco have both been moved up in their respective rotations for different reasons, and at least for now the impact of those changes seem likely to be less damaging to one. Sanchez will try to pitch the Detroit Tigers to their first series win in four tries Wednesday against the visiting Minnesota Twins, who are hoping for a bounce-back...
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April 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Daily SP Rankings: Wednesday, Apr 8

Wednesday is Day 3 of the MLB season (ignoring the day with the STL-CHC game) and brings us some of my favorite starters for 2015, or at least the ones I’m most intrigued to watch — Carlos Carrasco, Gerrit Cole, Anibal Sanchez, Rick Porcello, Mike Leake, Jacob deGrom, and Andrew Cashner in particular. While we all know who the aces are and we love owning them, the successes and...
Via Baseball Professor
April 07, 2015  |  Discuss

Detroit Tigers: Big headlines as Opening Day arrives

With Opening Day about to hit, the Detroit Tigers are finally ready to quit the spring training games and finally start competing at a high level. Players have gotten hurt, gotten healthy, or have just had a strong spring training. So, as Opening Day nears, there are three headlines going into Monday as the Tigers host the Minnesota Twins. Justin Verlander heads to the DL The Tigers...
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss
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