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Posted on: 04-26-2013

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>>caption:   SANCHEZ FANNED


        Tiger starter Anibal Sanchez
mowed down the Braves batters
with a new Detroit franchise
record of 17-K in his 8-IP while
the Tigers thumped Atlanta 10-0 Friday night.
      On the flip side...
      Paul Maholm has played all nine of his big league seasons with three
National League teams, and it's a good thing he's done so.
      The Tigers pounded the Atlanta lefty off the mound in 3.2-IP, scoring
8-R/8-ER on 10-H & 3-W.
        Maholm entered the game with a 3-1 record and a 1.03-ERA. He's
now 3-2 with a 3.30-ERA. Maholm fell to 0-8 lifetime in American League
      Matt Tuiasosopo went 2-for-4 with his first Tiger homerun, a 3rHR to
the LField seats off first Braves reliever Anthony Varvaro to cap a
6-R/B-4th. Tuiasosopo had a career-high 5-RBIs including a 2-out, 2r1B
in the 4-R/B-3rd.
      Victor Martinez continued to battle his way out of an early season
slump by going 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, 2-R & 2-RBIs and jumped his
batting average from .187 to .213..
      Torii Hunter continued his torrid hitting with singles his first three
times up to go 3-for-5 with 2-R & 1-RBI to boost his BA to .386.
      Sanchez had great movement on his fastball, changeup and sinker with
Braves batters often flailing away at pitches in the dirt.
      Sanchez threw 121-pitches/84-strikes and 14 of his 17-K were on
swinging third strikes. His eight shutout frames lowered his ERA to 1.34.
Sanchez (W, 3-1) yielded 5-H & 1-W. The seven non-strikeout outs Sanchez
recorded were all on the infield.
      Sanchez fanned the side in the T-8th to post his 17-K, the most whiffs by
any MLB pitcher this year. (Yu Darvish of Texas had 14-K in his April 2ND near
no-hit bid at Houston.)  
      Braves 2Bman Dan Uggla struck-out all four times he faced Sanchez.
Atlanta 1Bman Freddie Freeman also whiffed four times, three vs Sanchez
and once against Tiger reliever Bruce Rondon.
      Bruce Rondon came on to pitch a perfect T-9th and complete the combined
shutout. It was the rookie's second appearance in two days since his Wednesday
call-up from 3A Toledo.
      Every Tiger batter reached base during the ballgame, including defensive
replacement Don Kelly who walked in his only AB in the B-8th.
      Atlanta 3Bman Chris Johnson went 2-for-4 including a double.
      Atlanta arrived in Detroit with the best record in the majors, but are
now 15-7 after losing five of their last seven. The Tigers are 11-10 with only
two wins in their last seven.

      ATL         0-5-2, 5-LOB                (L) Maholm, 3-2
      DET       10-15-0, 10-LOB       (W) Sanchez, 3-1   


TIGERS MGR JIM LEYLAND:    "It's hard to get much better than that...
That's an aggressive team that's hitting every mistake out of the ball park
right now, and [Sanchez] just went out and attacked them. He knew they
were going to let it fly, and he went right after them."

TIGERS SP ANIBAL SANCHEZ:    "Amazing...'I don't think too much about strikeouts
and records and things like that. I prefer getting some zeros...When I saw
I had thrown 121 pitches, I knew there was no way I was going out for the
ninth inning. That's just too many, especially early in the season. I knew I was

TIGERS CA BRAYAN PENA:    "[Sanchez] told me before the game to relax and
just have fun. I couldn't believe what he was doing. There have been a lot of
great, great pitchers that have played for the Tigers, and he just beat all of
them. I told him I was really proud of him."

BRAVES 2B DAN UGGLA    "'[Sanchez] was really good. I don't even know if he missed
a spot. 'Everything was moving, cutting and sinking.''


      The previous Tiger strikeout record was 16 by Mickey Lolich twice in less
than a three week span:   A complete game 6-3 Tiger Stadium win vs the California
Angels on 5/23/1969 and in a 9-INN no-decision vs the Seattle Pilots on 6/9/1969
where Detroit lost at home in 10-INN by a 3-2 score.
      Sanchez now holds the record for most strikeouts in a regular-season interleague
game. The previous mark was 16, set by Philadelphia's Curt Schilling in 1997 against
the New York Yankees and matched by Boston's Pedro Martinez in 1999 against
      Sanchez' previous career-high was 14-K for Miami vs Arizona on 4/28/2012.
      Sanchez reached 10 or more strikeouts for the fifth time in his MLB career.
      Hunter tied Luis Polonia (1999) for the most basehits (32) in his first 19 games
after joining the Tigers from another team.
      Detroit's Miguel Cabrera went 2-for-4 plus a W with a double, 2-R & 1-RBI to
extend his hitting streak to 10 games.
      Tigers LFielder Andy Dirks sat out a second consecutive game with right
knee joint inflammation that's bothered him since a spring training wall crash
at Joker Marchant Stadium. Dirks has played more than two consecutive days
only once all season and is hitting just .167.
      Tigers LHP Phil Coke is listed as day-to-day with a left groin strain suffered
during his 10th-INN loss to Kansas City Thursday.
      Tiger OF Avisail Garcia went 0-for-4 Thursday night in the first game of his
injury rehab assignment for the Class A Lakeland Flying Tigers. Garcia has been
on the 15-day disabled list since the last week of Spring Training with a bruised
right heel.                    
      Probable pitchers for the Saturday matinee are RHPs Rick Porcello (0-2) of the
Tigers and Kris Medlen (1-2) for the Braves. The contest will be the 19th annual
Negro Leagues Tribute game in Detroit.



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