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Anibal Sanchez struck out eight while allowing three runs -- two earned -- in five innings Wednesday against the Indians.

Sanchez was four and threw 104 pitches, so once again, he failed to go deep into a game. While he has a 3.21 ERA, he's pitched just 14 innings in his three starts to date. Now, the first of those outings was shortened to four innings by rain, but he should be going more than five innings when it's dry. Because of the short outings, he doesn't have a win, even though the Tigers have prevailed in two of his starts.

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Anibal Sanchez will start Wednesday against the Indians.

Sanchez was originally scheduled to start Tuesday, but the game was postponed due to inclement weather. Justin Verlander will now start Thursday while Drew Smyly's first start of the season will be pushed back until later in the week.

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Tuesday's game between the Indians and Tigers was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up at a later date. Tuesday's starters, Zach McAllister and Anibal Sanchez, will presumably be pushed back to Wednesday.

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Anibal Sanchez surrendered three runs -- only one of which was earned -- on six hits and a walk over five innings in a no-decision against the Dodgers on Wednesday.

The right-hander whiffed six in an inefficient outing, as Sanchez required 110 pitches to secure 15 outs. He was actually in line for the win before Joe Nathan coughed up a three-run ninth inning lead. Sanchez has now only completed merely nine innings over two starts, as his first outing of the year was interrupted by a short rain delay. Sanchez will play host to division rival Cleveland on Tuesday evening in Michigan.

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Anibal Sanchez's scheduled Thursday debut has been pushed to Friday due to rain in Kansas City.

Thursday's series-finale between the Tigers and Royals had to be postponed, so Sanchez will make his 2014 regular-season debut against the Orioles in Detroit.

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Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) threw 71 pitches Monday in a minor league game.

Sidelined with right shoulder inflammation, this was his first game action since March 12. Sanchez allowed a run on seven hits and one walk over four innings while striking out four. Assuming he bounces back OK, he lines up for an exhibition start against the Nationals on Saturday, setting him up to pitch third game of the regular season next Thursday against the Royals.

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Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Saturday.

Sanchez was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday and played catch Thursday with no issues. If Saturday's bullpen session goes off without a hitch, Sanchez will return to Grapefruit League action on Monday. The right-hander's shoulder issue is a red flag, but for the moment it's looking like he'll avoid the disabled list to start the season.

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Anibal Sanchez (shoulder) will make two more starts in spring training.

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus had already named Sanchez the No. 3 starter. He'll take the ball for the third game of the regular season and start again six days later. Sanchez received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder on Tuesday, so he's taking things easy Wednesday. Barring any setbacks, he'll make his next start on Monday, though Ausmus declined to confirm that date.

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Anibal Sanchez received a cortisone shot in his right shoulder and will rest for three days.

Sanchez was scratched from his scheduled start on Monday due to right shoulder inflammation, but the Tigers aren't overly concerned right now. Barring any setbacks, he'll make his next start next Monday. He still has a shot to start the third game of the regular season.

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Anibal Sanchez was scratched from Monday's start due to inflammation in his right shoulder.

Anything related to the shoulder is always a concern and is especially so with Sanchez's past shoulder issues. However, the Tigers think he'll be fine for his next start. You might recall that Sanchez was scratched from a start last season with a shoulder issue, was blasted in his first start back and then placed on the DL. Hopefully things will go better this time around.