The Detroit Tigers have lost three of their last four games to slide 1.5 games behind the AL Central Division leading Chicago White Sox. On Saturday afternoon, the Tigers resume their series with the Toronto Blue Jays when recently acquired Anibal Sanchez makes his first American League start for the Tigers.
The 28-year-old right-hander arrived in Detroit from Miami with second baseman Omar Infante as part of a trade earlier in the week. Sanchez was 5-7 with a 3.94 ERA for the Marlins with 110 strikeouts in 121 innings. While this marks his official American League debut, Sanchez did face the Blue Jays earlier in the season in interleague play, suffering a loss on June 22nd when he was knocked out in the fourth inning of a 12-5 loss after giving up seven hits and six runs.
Toronto will try to follow up their 8-3 win on Friday with young right-hander Anderson Alvarez on the mound. Alvarez is 6-7 with a 4.61 ERA and will try to keep the Blue Jays moving in the right direction as they pushed their record over .500 after beating the Tigers in the first game of the weekend series for their second consecutive win.
The game is scheduled to start at 1:07 p.m. ET and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit.