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19 Anibal Sanchez SP
Height/Weight: 6-0/205 | Birthdate: 2/27/1984 | Birthplace: Maracay, Venezuela | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Detroit | College: No College | MLB Experience: 10 | Salary: $8,800,000 | Owned/Started%: 96/88 | Average Draft Position: 114.22
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Tigers RHP Sanchez bounces back Thursday with strong outing


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez didn't emerge with a win Thursday afternoon, but he did come out with a lot more peace of mind than he did after his previous two starts.

"No question, he threw the ball great today," Tigers catcher Alex Avila said, per MLive.com "For the conditions, normally he is a guy that sometimes the cold weather can affect. He threw it great, and had good command of his pitches."

Sanchez yielded just one run on one hit in six innings with four walks and eight strikeouts in a no-decision against the Yankees. That is a far cry from his last two outings, when he gave up 14 runs on 17 hits in 9 2/3 innings. His performance Thursday lowered his ERA from 7.71 to 5.96. If not for a run-scoring balk in the sixth, he might have earned the win.

"He threw strikes with all of his pitches, used all of them, mixed it up," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "He probably, across the board, used all his pitches equally. He was very good with his changeup, very good with his slider and mixed in his curveball."

He will try to continue trending in the right direction next Tuesday against Minnesota.


Tigers P Anibal Sanchez makes adjustments for Thursday start


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez has given up five home runs in three starts. Therefore, he knew he needed to make some adjustments on the mound to prevent batters from teeing off on him. 

According to MLB.com, Sanchez went through two bullpen sessions this week and worked on his lower body mechanics. 

"My back leg was a little bit off and my front leg was a little bit straight," Sanchez said. "It's just little things that happen during the season. The important thing is I am healthy and I think I am ready for (Thursday)."

Against the White Sox in a 12-3 loss on April 18, Sanchez only went 3 1/3 innings. He gave up nine hits and nine earned runs in the game. His ERA is now 7.71. 

"Those bad innings hurt," Sanchez said. "But I just try to keep my mind strong and get ready for tomorrow. I know there is a long ways to go. It's early. I think we are at the right time to fix everything."


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez hammered for nine runs in loss on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/18/2015) Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez (1-2) was smacked around for nine earned runs in 3 1/3 innings on Saturday and suffered the loss against the White Sox.

"I don't know. I'm not going to pitch and not try to allow homers," Sanchez said to MLB.com. "I just try to execute a pitch and help the team win. I'm not going out there trying to give up homers. I didn't last year. I just try to keep working hard this year. I don't know what's going on right now, but I need to figure it out."

The major blow was a Jose Abreu grand slam that highlighted a seven-run fourth inning for the White Sox.

"The ball's up again," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said. "Same thing in Pittsburgh. He has the ability to pitch up at times, but there's that fine line between pitching above the batter's bat and pitching at the batter's bat. If it's a tick higher, he probably gets the popups like he did earlier in the game."

Sanchez will look to get back on track Thursday against the Yankees.


Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez tagged for three homers in loss


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez was roughed up a bit in Monday's 5-4 loss to the Pirates. Sanchez allowed five runs on eight hits, including three home runs, over 6 1/3 innings.

Sanchez was tagged on his first pitch of the game for a solo home run by Josh Harrison. After allowing another run in the third, Sanchez ran into trouble again in the seventh, allowing a solo home run to Pedro Alvarez to start the inning. Then after a Francisco Cervelli single, Corey Hart ripped a 1-0 pitch from Sanchez to center for a two-run shot.

"I hope he goes back to the hotel tonight understanding that despite what showed up on the scoreboard, he threw the ball pretty well," manager Brad Ausmus said to MLB.com. "It's one game. "I'm not going to start harping on him giving up home runs. It was one game."

Sanchez, who now has a 3.46 ERA, will look to get back on track Saturday against the White Sox.


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez throws 6 2/3 scoreless innings in win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez threw 6 2/3 scoreless innings during an 11-0 rout of the Twins on Wednesday. Sanchez (1-0) allowed two singles, one double and two walks, while striking out six.

Sanchez retired the first six batters he faced before Oswaldo Arica led off the third inning with a single. Both of his walks came back to back with one out in the seventh. Sanchez struck out Arcia before being lifted for Angel Nesbitt.

"Sanchez has a different look in his eye this year, I think, on the mound," manager Brad Ausmus said to MLB.com. "I know he got off to that rough start [last year] because of the weather and injuries. He has a different look in his eye this year. It's like he's determined to do something."

The veteran right-hander threw 64 of 101 pitches for strikes. He will be back on the mound Monday at Pittsburgh.


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez serves up grand slam in final spring start


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez made his final spring start Friday against the Rays. Unfortunately, it was not one of his better efforts this spring.

The right-hander allowed five runs on five hits and two walks, while striking out five in 5 1/3 innings.

The Rays did not waste any time getting to Sanchez. They posted four runs in the first inning thanks to a two-out grand slam from Brandon Guyer.

The Rays added another run in the second inning on Kevin Kiermaier's RBI triple.

Sanchez, however, was able to settle down after the rough start. He retired the final 12 batters he faced following Kiermaier's triple.

Sanchez finishes the spring with a 5.10 ERA in seven starts. He will start the second game of the season against Minnesota.


Verlander injury forces Tigers to change rotation plans


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) With the announcement Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander will begin the year on the disabled list due to a triceps injury, the rotation for the season-opening series against the Twins will be David Price on Opening Day, Anibal Sanchez in the second game and Shane Greene in the series finale, per MLB.com.

Alfredo Simon still remains on track to open the second series against Cleveland on April 10. It is then expected Price will make his second start on April 11 against the Indians. As of now, Verlander is expected to come off the disabled list and make his season debut April 12 at Cleveland.


Tigers targeting 200 pitches for pitcher Anibal Sanchez


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez tossed 10 strikeouts in Sunday's game against the Phillies, going 6 1/3 innings and surrendering four runs on five hits. 

"That means he's hitting his spots. It means he's locating," manager Brad Ausmus said to MLB.com. "When a guy takes a pitch, he thinks it's a ball or just off the corner and they end up getting the call. ... So he must have been locating. It looked like he was locating his fastball."

Ausmus also indicated he hopes to see Sanchez reach 200 innings this season.

"If we get 200 innings out of Sanchy, I'll be extremely happy. I think we'll be in a very good spot," Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said Sunday morning. "We talk about a lot of things, but if Sanchy can stay healthy, that would be an enormous plus for us."


Tigers P Anibal Sanchez stellar in start


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(3/19/2015) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez had his best start of the spring Thursday against the Nationals, giving up just a pair of hits over five innings of work, a nice turnaround from his previous three starts, per the Associated Press

In the 0-0, 10-inning draw, Sanchez held the Nationals at bay, allowing no walks and striking out six batters on just 52 pitches. In his previous three turns, he allowed six runs on nine hits in 8 1/3 innings. 

"It wasn't a specific pitch, it was my location," he said. "I threw my two-seamer away and my cutter away to both sides of the plate. I feel like I can dominate if I can locate it very well."


Phillies Brian Bogusevic homers twice in win over Tigers


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Phillies outfielder Brian Bogusevic homered twice off of Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez in a 5-4 win for the team.

Bugosevic replaced Jeff Francouer after he was taken out of the lineup due to a sore left oblique. 

Manager Ryne Sandberg is impressed by his play at the plate and in the field..

"He's here in Spring Training having a look like everybody else. He's shown a good bat," Sandberg said of Bogusevic. "The ball really comes off his bat well. He's shown a good arm in the outfield. He's an interesting guy. We have some interesting players in camp, so we'll continue to look and watch."


Tigers P Anibal Sanchez: 'I was a little bit off' against Blue Jays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez gave up four hits, two earned runs and one home run in 2 1/3 innings of work on Monday's during Detroit's 6-4 win against the Blue Jays. 

Sanchez admitted it was not his best outing this early in the spring. 

"I was a little bit off," Sanchez said, per the Detroit Free Press. "That was my only concern today."

Sanchez struck out two batters and walked one. He threw a total of 55 pitches. 

Reliever Alex Wilson got the win though he also gave up two earned runs. Jose Valdez was credited with the save. 


Tigers' Sanchez breezes through first spring outing Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez breezed through his two-inning outing Wednesday against the Orioles. Sanchez faced just seven batters in his spring debut, allowing a single to J.J. Hardy in the first inning and no walks.

He also struck out Delmon Young.

"They put a really good lineup out," Sanchez said, per MLB.com. "I don't want to pitch around those guys. They're smart. I know they're going to swing because they're working, too."


Tigers SP Anibal Sanchez feeling good as spring training nears


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/11/2015) Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez said he's not having any issues related to the strained pectoral injury that bothered him over the final months of the 2014 season.

"So far, so good," he said, per the Detroit Free Press. "Right now, I feel really good. Everything is going fine. I'm not sore or anything."

Sanchez said he isn't throwing his hardest right now, but he has been throwing for about 1 1/2 months.

"Try to put the same pitch multiple times in the same spot, try to keep my arm loose, don't try to rush it," he said. "We've got a long season, a lot of throwing to do, so I want to save my arm for the season."


Tigers' Dombrowski: Anibal Sanchez is '100 percent' healthy


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/19/2015) Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said Monday starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez is 100 percent healthy after being bothered by a strained pectoral over the final months of the 2014 season, per the Detroit Free Press.

Sanchez made his last start of the season Aug. 8 before going on the disabled list. He returned in late September, but made just a few relief appearances before Detroit was eliminated from the playoffs.

Sanchez went 8-5 with a 3.43 ERA in 22 outings (21 starts) in 2014. He hasn't made more than 29 starts the last two seasons.


Tigers' Anibal Sanchez available out of the bullpen Game 3


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez is expected to be available out of the bullpen in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles, according to the Detroit News on Saturday.

Sanchez pitched two perfect innings in Game 2, relieving Justin Verlander on Friday. He has logged only three innings since Aug. 9, because of a pectoral injury.

"Probably about 10 days ago you asked me how Sanchez was going to be used," manager Brad Ausmus said. "And I told you I wouldn't be afraid to use him in a tight game and he could pitch one inning and probably two. So, I've said that for a week and a half."


Anibal Sanchez tosses two perfect innings in Game 2


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/3/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez retired all six batters he faced in his team's 7-6 loss to the Orioles in Game 2 of the American League Division Series.

Sanchez did a fantastic job after coming on for starter Justin Verlander with one on and no outs in the sixth, throwing 21 of his 30 pitches for strikes and picking up two strikeouts. Unfortunately for the Tigers, manager Brad Ausmus turned a 6-3 lead over to setup man Joba Chamberlain rather than stick with Sanchez, and the Orioles came through with four runs in the eighth. The Tigers sit on the brink of elimination heading into Game 3 Sunday in Detroit.


Tigers activate Anibal Sanchez from disabled list


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) The Tigers activated pitcher Anibal Sanchez from the disabled list prior to the start of Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Sanchez will be available out of the bullpen.

Anibal Sanchez coming back Tuesday


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) The Tigers will activate right-hander Anibal Sanchez from the 15-day DL Tuesday, according to MLB.com. Sanchez, who has been out since Aug. 8 with a strained pectoral, threw a simulated game Sunday. 

Sanchez didn't have a chance to go on a minor-league rehab assignment because of the timing of his recovery, so he'll pitch out of the bullpen.


Anibal Sanchez could be activated this week


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/21/2014) MLive.com reports that Anibal Sanchez pitched a simulated game on Sunday, and he could return to the Tigers' pitching staff as soon as Wednesday. The date of Sanchez's activation from the disabled list depends on how well he feels on Monday.

It is not yet known what Sanchez's role will be when he returns, but Tigers manager Brad Ausmus said he has discussed the possibility of both starting and relief roles with Sanchez. The last time Sanchez made a relief appearance was in his 2006 rookie season with the Marlins.

Sanchez has been out since Aug. 8 with a pectoral injury.


Anibal Sanchez ready for simulated game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez will toss a simulated game Sunday, according to MLB.com.

Sanchez was able to throw 40 pitches off a mound Friday, and has been cleared for a simulated game. Sanchez believes he can return next week as long as he doesn't have a setback. 


Anibal Sanchez feels good Wednesday, set for bullpen Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez felt good Wednesday after throwing a bullpen session the prior day, MLive.com reports. He's set to throw another session Thursday.

"We've just got to wait and see what happens," manager Brad Ausmus said. "He's got a bullpen tomorrow. If he comes out of that all right, we'll have to schedule a simulated game."

The simulated game, which could come as early as Sunday morning, could be the precursor to getting Sanchez on the mound in a game before the season is over. He could start the team's penultimate game of the season next weekend if the Tigers were to have the division title wrapped up, though he would likely pitch just a few innings.


Anibal Sanchez preps for one more 'pen session


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez tossed a bullpen session without issue Tuesday, but is not yet ready to return from a pectoral injury.

Despite an earlier report that Sanchez could return after a successful bullpen session, he told reporters Tuesday he will need at least two more side sessions. Sanchez is set to throw one more longer bullpen session before facing hitters in a simulated game, according to MLive.com.

Whether Sanchez will return as a starter or reliever has yet to be determined, though Sanchez is currently preparing to return to the rotation. 


Anibal Sanchez could return as reliever


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez is set to throw off a mound again Tuesday, and the Detroit News reports that could be the last step he needs before returning from a pectoral injury.

Sanchez has not pitched since Aug. 8, but could be back before the end of the regular season, as a reliever. The timing of Sanchez's return likely will not allow him to be stretched back out as a starter for the postseason. 


Anibal Sanchez throws 25 pitches off mound


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/15/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez, who has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a pectoral injury, threw off the mound on Monday, according to MLB.com. Sanchez tossed 25 pitches without any issues.  He is expected to throw again on Tuesday.

Anibal Sanchez lined up for mound session Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/13/2014) Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez long-tossed before Saturday's game, MLB.com reports.

Sanchez will throw another long-toss session Sunday before pitching off a mound Monday if all goes well. He has been sidelined since Aug. 8 with a pectoral injury, and it's possible he'll be able to return before the end of the regular season if his rehab goes smoothly.