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Sanchez’s Sharp Start Isn’t Good Enough

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KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 29, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

KANSAS CITY, MO – AUGUST 29: Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers pitches during the 1st inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 29, 2012 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

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RHP Anibal Sanchez pitched his best game for Detroit on Wednesday night, but all it brought him was his fourth loss in sixth starts with the Tigers. Sanchez held Kansas City to a run on seven hits and no walks. “That was by far the best Sanchez has pitched,” manager Jim Leyland said. The only run of the game came in on 1B Eric Hosmer’s 80-foot pop fly over Sanchez’s head, right between SS Jhonny Peralta and 2B Ramon Santiago. “That just part of the game,” Sanchez said. “A big hit or a hit like that one; part of the game.”

–CF Austin Jackson was retired twice by Kansas City pitchers Wednesday night, which was two more times than the Royals got him out the night before. Jackson doubled and singled Wednesday, but while he scored each time after his three hits Tuesday, this time neither he nor any other Tiger crossed home plate. He keeps using the whole field to hit. His double was yanked down the third base line, while his single went to center field. Jackson also ran into the center field wall catching a line drive off the bat of DH Billy Butler in the fourth.

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