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CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 11: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers delivers during the first inning against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on September 11, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Sanchez Helps Tigers Edge White Sox 1-0

Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in a terrific performance, helping the Detroit Tigers top the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Wednesday night.

97.1 The Ticket–09/11/2013

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 11: Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers looks on after loading the base in the sixth inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 11, 2013 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Verlander On His Season: ‘I Wouldn’t Call It Good’

All that improvement, and then … a game like Thursday.

CBS Detroit–08/23/2013

DETROIT, MI - AUGUST 15: Prince Fielder #28 of the Detroit Tigers is congratulated by teammate Andy Dirks #12 after hitting a two run home run in the first inning of the game against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park on August 15, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Fielder Homers, Tigers Beat Royals 4-1

Prince Fielder homered for the first time in three weeks, hitting a two-run shot in the first inning to help the Detroit Tigers to a 4-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Thursday night.

97.1 The Ticket–08/15/2013

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Tigers Stars Dance The Tango And Rumba For Charity

Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter gave his teammate a new middle name Thursday night at the “Dancing with the All-Stars” charity event.

CBS Detroit–08/02/2013

CHICAGO, IL - JULY 24: Starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers delivers the ball against the Chicago White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field on July 24, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Cabrera-Less Tigers Power Past White Sox 6-2

Prince Fielder, Austin Jackson and Torii Hunter homered, and Anibal Sanchez pitched six scoreless innings to help the Detroit Tigers overcome Miguel Cabrera’s absence in a 6-2 win over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday night.

97.1 The Ticket–07/24/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 15: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers reacts to giving up a two run home run to Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of the game on June 15, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Leyland Says Sanchez Will Pitch Saturday

The Detroit Tigers announced on Twitter Tuesday that starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez will be pitching Saturday, his first scheduled start after coming off the disabled list for shoulder stiffness.

97.1 The Ticket–07/02/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 15: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers looks on in the dugout during the fourth inning of the game against the Minnesota Twins on June 15, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tigers’ Sanchez Could Be Out Longer Than Expected

Instead, it looks like Alvarez will get another start, this time against the Cleveland Indians.

CBS Detroit–07/02/2013

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - JUNE 15: Anibal Sanchez #19 of the Detroit Tigers reacts to giving up a two run home run to Trevor Plouffe #24 of the Minnesota Twins during the fourth inning of the game on June 15, 2013 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Bullpen To Determine Anibal Sanchez’s Fate

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez will complete a bullpen session Thursday that should let Detroit know whether or not he’ll need a rehab assignment, MLB.com reports.

97.1 The Ticket–06/27/2013

DETROIT, MI - APRIL 06: Prince Fielder #28 and Al Alburquerque #62 of the Detroit Tigers look to the first base umpire for a call against the New York Yankees at Comerica Park on April 6, 2013 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

Tigers’ Slipping Starters Put Pressure On Bullpen

The bottom line is that Detroit starters have lasted just five innings or fewer in four of the last five games.

The last five starting pitching performances might have stripped some of that confidence – and with good reason.

CBS Detroit–06/26/2013

HOUSTON - MAY 04:  Justin Verlander #35 of the Detroit Tigers looks on from the dugout against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on May 4, 2013 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

Does (Payroll) Size Matter? Tigers, Angels Series May Bring An Answer

Spending money does not guarantee success in sports. Ten games below .500 with MLB’s seventh-highest payroll, the Los Angeles Angels can testify to that better than most.

CBS Detroit–06/25/2013

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