On another team, he might be an ace. For the Detroit Tigers, Anibal Sanchez is the No. 3 starter -- at least in this AL division series against Oakland.
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 A's evened the series Saturday night despite a brilliant performance by Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander, and now the Tigers will call on Sanchez, another standout from what's become an exceptional starting rotation.
After Saturday's 1-0 loss in Game 2, Detroit manager Jim Leyland will try to boost his offense by playing Jhonny Peralta on Monday. Peralta is less than two weeks removed from a 50-game suspension that followed baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.
The game begins Monday at Comerica Park, at 1:07 p.m.