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Sunday, August 3
(All times Eastern)
Colorado Rockies (44-66) at Detroit Tigers (60-47), 1:08 p.m.
Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Jorge De La Rosa (11-6, 4.20)
Detroit - Anibal Sanchez (7-5, 3.57)
(SportsNetwork.com) - While the Detroit Tigers were looking towards an October
run when they acquired David Price before the non-waiver trade deadline,
Anibal Sanchez is hoping to leave July far behind him.
Sanchez gets the start on Sunday afternoon for the Tigers in the finale of a
three-game series with the Colorado Rockies.
Sanchez went 2-3 in five starts last month with a 6.03 earned run average,
finishing July with an 11-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. The
righty was charged with five runs -- four earned -- on six hits and two walks
in 6 1/3 innings.
The 30-year-old dropped to 7-5 with a 3.57 ERA on the year, but comes into
this outing unbeaten versus Colorado. He is 3-0 against the Rockies with a
2.20 ERA in four previous meetings.
Colorado left-hander Jorge De La Rosa, meanwhile, is in no hurry to leave his
past outings behind. He comes in unbeaten in seven straight starts, 5-0 with a
3.25 ERA in that time.
The Rockies have lost both games that De La Rosa did not get a decision in,
including Tuesday's 4-3 setback to the Chicago Cubs in 16 innings. The 33-
year-old allowed three runs on six hits and a walk over six innings, striking
De La Rosa is 11-6 with a 4.20 ERA on the year, but just 1-1 lifetime when
facing Detroit with a 7.85 ERA in four starts.
The Tigers have won the first two of this set and notched 16 hits in
Saturday's 11-5 win. They scored a run in every inning they batted for the
first time since 1912.
Victor Martinez hit a three-run homer, while J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera
both had solo home runs to back Rick Porcello's eight innings of two-run ball.
Porcello struck out a season-high 10 to join teammate Max Scherzer as the lone
13-game winners in the American League.
"I had a good feel for the off-speed stuff today," Porcello said. "When I can
get those pitches going and keep them down in the zone, I can get some
The Tigers have won three of their last four and lead the Kansas City Royals
by five games for first place in the AL Central.
Tyler Matzek was lit up for eight runs on 10 hits in just four-plus innings of
work as the Rockies lost for the sixth time in their last seven games.
"I was just up in the zone a little bit," Matzek said. "I was hitting the side
alright, in and out, but I was leaving it up a little bit and they were
getting to it."
This is the first time these teams have met since 2012 when Detroit won a
three-game set against the Rockies. The Tigers last swept the Rox in 2008 at
08/03 10:34:44 ET