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Sanchez next in Detroit's impressive rotation

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NOAH TRISTER | October 6, 2013 05:56 PM EST | AP


DETROIT — DETROIT (AP) — On another team, he might be an ace.

For the Detroit Tigers, Anibal Sanchez is the No. 3 starter — at least in this AL division series against Oakland.

Sanchez takes the mound Monday for Game 3 between the Tigers and Athletics after the teams split a pair of pulsating one-run games in Oakland. The A's evened the series Saturday night despite a brilliant performance by Detroit right-hander Justin Verlander, and now the Tigers will call on Sanchez, another standout from what's become an exceptional starting rotation.

After Saturday's 1-0 loss in Game 2, Detroit manager Jim Leyland will try to boost his offense by playing Jhonny Peralta on Monday. Peralta is less than two weeks removed from a 50-game suspension that followed baseball's investigation of the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic, which was accused of distributing banned performance-enhancing drugs.