Anibal Sanchez and four Detroit Tigers relievers came within two outs of the first combined no-hitter in postseason history, striking out 17 to beat the Boston Red Sox 1-0 Saturday night in the AL championship series opener.
A former Red Sox prospect, Sanchez will start the best-of-seven series opener at Fenway Park against Boston left-hander Jon Lester.
Those who called for Anibal Sanchez to start game one or game two of the American League Division Series might want to go back and delete some tweets, bury some blogs.
Sanchez takes the mound Monday for Game 3 between the Tigers and Athletics after the teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland.
The Tigers set a new American League record for strikeouts in a season: 1,384.
Although he’s on a pitching staff with a 20-game winner and a former league MVP, Anibal Sanchez could be the Detroit Tigers’ choice to start the postseason.
Anibal Sanchez, who dropped off the radar a bit when he went on the disabled list in mid-June with a strained right shoulder, has been just as good and maybe a little bit better.
Anibal Sanchez struck out 10 in a terrific performance, helping the Detroit Tigers top the Chicago White Sox 1-0 on Wednesday night.
All that improvement, and then … a game like Thursday.
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.