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MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 13: Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on as Anibal Sanchez #19 prepares to deliver a practice pitch after being hit by the ball during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on August 13, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – AUGUST 13: Jim Leyland #10 of the Detroit Tigers looks on as Anibal Sanchez #19 prepares to deliver a practice pitch after being hit by the ball during the first inning against the Minnesota Twins on August 13, 2012 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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(AP) — Some extended time off between starts helped Anibal Sanchez record one of his better outings of the season. The Detroit Tigers hope a few more extra days of rest will be beneficial to the right-hander.

Sanchez tries for a second straight victory Wednesday night when he looks to help the Tigers even their road series with the Kansas City Royals.

Through five starts since being acquired by Detroit (69-59) from Miami, Sanchez (2-3, 6.33 ERA) has allowed at least five runs in three of those outings. He gave up 12 and 19 hits over 8 1-3 innings of his previous two starts before coming back on eight days’ rest to give up one earned run, five hits and strike out six in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win over Toronto last Wednesday.

“I just feel great when I can control my pitches,” Sanchez said. “I feel more relaxed, I feel more comfortable on the mound and that’s what the result was (last week).”

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