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Friday, August 3rd
(All times Eastern)
Cleveland Indians (50-55) at Detroit Tigers (55-50), 7:05 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Cleveland - Justin Masterson (7-9, 4.47)
Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (0-1, 7.50)
(Sports Network) - Venezuelan right-hander Anibal Sanchez makes his second
start since a trade to the American League tonight when the Detroit Tigers
open a three-game series with the visiting Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park.
A veteran of 133 appearances over parts of seven seasons with the
Florida/Miami Marlins, Sanchez was sent to Detroit on July 23 with Omar
Infante and a draft pick for two minor-leaguers, pitcher Jacob Turner and a
He was 5-7 in 19 starts with the Marlins in 2012 while posting a 3.94 earned
run average across 121 innings, then debuted with the Tigers with a 5-1 loss
at Toronto on July 28 in which he gave up five runs on eight hits in six
Sanchez's last win came July 17 at Wrigley Field, when he allowed a single
earned run in seven innings of a 9-5 defeat of the Chicago Cubs.
He faced the Indians for the lone time in his career in an interleague matchup
on May 19 in Cleveland and dropped a 2-0 decision after allowing seven hits
and two runs - with a walk and two strikeouts - in seven innings.
Sanchez is opposed by Indians starter Justin Masterson, who's been a study in
contrast in his last two starts.
He allowed a run on seven hits in 7 1/3 innings of a 3-1 defeat of Baltimore
on July 23, then was ripped for 10 runs in 5 2/3 innings of a 12-5 loss at
Minnesota five days later.
Masterson last faced the Tigers on May 24 in Cleveland and won a 2-1 decision
to improve to 1-4 against Detroit in 11 career matchups.
He's 3-5 in 10 road starts in 2012 with a 6.05 ERA.
On Thursday in Kansas City, Alcides Escobar drove in the game-winning run in
the bottom of the 11th inning as the Royals completed a three-game sweep of
the Indians with a 7-6 win at Kauffman Stadium.
Eric Hosmer got the rally started with a single leading off the frame, moved
to second on a perfect sacrifice bunt from Chris Getz and took third on a wild
pitch by Indians pitcher Esmil Rodgers (1-1).
Alex Gordon was intentionally walked to put runners on the corners for Escobar
against Cleveland closer Chris Perez.
Perez took control early in the at-bat, getting Escobar to swing over two
sliders to move the count to 0-2. But Escobar stayed composed and slapped a
1-2 fastball through the left side of the infield for his first career walk-
Carlos Santana ripped a two-run long ball and finished with four RBI, while
Michael Brantley and Vinny Rottino also knocked in runs for the Tribe, who
have dropped their last six games.
On Wednesday in Boston, Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder crushed back-to-back
home runs as part of a five-run fifth inning and the Tigers held off the Red
Sox, 7-5, in the finale of a three-game set at Fenway Park.
Cabrera's 26th homer of the season was a two-run shot, while Fielder followed
with his 17th of the year to help the Tigers salvage the final game of the
series and wrap up a nine-game road trip at 3-6.
"That's huge, obviously," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "They're pretty
good at doing what they do."
Rick Porcello (8-6) surrendered four runs on eight hits and two walks with six
strikeouts over 5 2/3 frames to earn the victory, while Jose Valverde pitched
a perfect ninth to secure his 21st save of the season.
The Indians have won seven of nine games between the teams in 2012, including
a three-game sweep from May 22-24 in Cleveland.
The Tigers won the 2011 season series, 12 games to six.
08/03 10:52:18 ET