Anxious to begin the next portion of his baseball career in Detroit, new Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez is expected to take the mound for the first time with his new team this Saturday according to MLive.com's Chris Iott:
Anibal Sanchez to start Saturday for the Tigers. #Tigers— Chris Iott (@Chris_Iott) July 24, 2012
One piece of Dave Dombrowski's two-man haul from Miami for a deal that included 21-year-old prospect Jacob Turner on Monday, Sanchez will offer the Tigers a right-hander innings-eater who is capable of striking out double-digit batters in any given start. Though Sanchez has never pitched full-time in the American League in his career, he has been one of the most consistent National League starters over the last few seasons when healthy and sports a rather impressive 3.75 career earned-run average.
By getting the ball for Saturday's game, Sanchez will then be in line to start game one of Detroit's three-game homestand with the Cleveland Indians at Comerica Park, marking his first start in front of home fans.