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Anibal Sanchez candidate to start Opening Day for Detroit Tigers

Anibal Sanchez candidate to start Opening Day for Detroit Tigers

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on February 19, 2014

At the tail end of a humorous story Tuesday, manager Brad Ausmus acknowledged that the Detroit Tigers have three No. 1 starters.

Today, he made that more official. He said that Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and Anibal Sanchez are all candidates to start the first game of the regular season: Opening Day, Monday, March 31, against the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park.

“It could be a tough decision,” Ausmus said. “You really have three legitimate Opening Day-type pitchers on the roster. You have a Cy Young-MVP winner (Verlander) who is coming off surgery but who right now looks to be on track. You have the reigning Cy Young winner (Scherzer), and you have the ERA champ (Sanchez).”

Sanchez won the American League ERA title at 2.57, and had spectacular outings such as the franchise-record 17-strikeout game against Atlanta and the no-hit bid that Minnesota’s Joe Mauer dissolved with one out in the ninth.

What Detroit’s manager is planning on is that all three of those No. 1 starters will be available all season.

“I would much rather have those guys make 35 starts than be overly concerned about who is pitching the first game,” Ausmus said.

Sanchez made his debut with Detroit on 2013, starting the second game of the season. On April 26, he set a record for the franchise of 17 strikeouts against the Atlanta Braves. Previously, the Venezuelan pitched for the Florida/Miami Marlins, from 2006 to 2012. The biggest achievement of his career so far has been a no-hitter thrown to the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 6, 2006.

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