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Bullpen Squanders Sanchez’s Tiger Return

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Detroit Tigers pitcher Anibal Sanchez delivers a pitch in only his second start of the season. (Stephen Brashear – Getty Images)

The Detroit Tigers made their return to the West Coast Monday to begin a week-long opportunity to end their road woes. It all began with the first of four games with the Seattle Mariners, and a return of Anibal Sanchez to the mound for just his second start of the season and first appearance since returning from Toledo.

Sanchez performed for the Motown Cats, outside of a two-run homer from the Mariners’ Guillermo Valencia in the fifth inning to tie the game at two. He allowed just five hits in five innings, striking out five while walking two.

In relief, Alex Wilson allowed a two-run homer of his own from Mike Zunino in the sixth to make it 4-2. Zunino would launch another two-run bomb in the eighth off of former closer Francisco Rodriguez to end the game at 6-2. Wilson (1-4) took the loss on the mound following his lone inning of relief.

Jose Iglesias had two hits on the night for the Tigers, scoring once on Ian Kinsler‘s double in the fifth inning. It was the only extra-base hit for Detroit. As a team, the Tigers managed just five hits.

The second game will feature Jordan Zimmermann (5-5, 5.35 ERA) for the Tigers. The M’s will counter with Ariel Miranda (6-3, 4.17 ERA). Join us on 95.3 WBCK beginning at 9:45pm Tuesday night!

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