Anibal Sanchez approached the dugout with the crowd at Comerica Park roaring its approval, then he took off his hat to acknowledge the fans...
DETROIT — Anibal Sanchez approached the dugout with the crowd at Comerica Park roaring its approval, then he took off his hat to acknowledge the fans.
Aware of his pitch count, he realized his night was probably done — but what an evening it was.
Sanchez struck out 17 in eight innings for Detroit, confounding the Atlanta Braves in a dazzling performance Friday night and leading the Tigers to a 10-0 victory. Sanchez broke Mickey Lolich’s team record of 16 strikeouts when he fanned three in the eighth inning.
“It’s hard to get much better than that,” manager Jim Leyland said.
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Sanchez threw 121 pitches in those eight innings, so there would be no return for the ninth to try to match Roger Clemens and Kerry Wood with 20 strikeouts.
Sanchez was asked after the game about his new place in franchise history.
“Amazing,” Sanchez said. “I’m just going to keep working. That’s not going to stop today.”
Detroit’s Matt Tuiasosopo, a former Mariner from Woodinville, homered and drove in a career-high five runs.
• Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli broke his right hand on Ivan Nova’s fifth pitch of the game against Toronto, and two innings later New York’s starter walked off the mound with pain in his right elbow. The Yankees said Cervelli needs surgery and will miss a minimum of six weeks. Nova left his outing against the Blue Jays after allowing a single to the second batter of the third inning. He will have an MRI.
• Los Angeles Dodgers infielder Hanley Ramirez continues to make strong progress from his March 22 thumb surgery, so much so that he is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment Saturday with Class A Rancho Cucamonga. He will play shortstop instead of third base when he returns, according to manager Don Mattingly.