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Detroit at Kansas City

Venue: Kauffman Stadium

Some extended time off between starts helped Anibal Sanchez record one of his better outings of the season. The Detroit Tigers hope a few more extra days of rest will be beneficial to the right-hander.

Sanchez tries for a second straight victory Wednesday night when he looks to help the Tigers even their road series with the Kansas City Royals.

Through five starts since being acquired by Detroit (69-59) from Miami, Sanchez (2-3, 6.33 ERA) has allowed at least five runs in three of those outings. He gave up 12 and 19 hits over 8 1-3 innings of his previous two starts before coming back on eight days' rest to give up one earned run, five hits and strike out six in 6 2-3 innings of a 3-2 win over Toronto last Wednesday.

"I just feel great when I can control my pitches," Sanchez said. "I feel more relaxed, I feel more comfortable on the mound and that's what the result was (last week)."

Sanchez will make this start on six days' rest as he tries for his first road win after going 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA away from home since the trade.

Making his first appearance against the Royals (57-71), Sanchez hopes for a better performance after ace Justin Verlander was tagged for eight runs and 12 hits in 5 2-3 innings of Tuesday's 9-8 loss at Kansas City. Despite Verlander's rough outing, the Tigers rallied from an early 7-3 deficit to tie the game at 8 before Mike Moustakas delivered a tiebreaking RBI double off Phil Coke with two outs in the eighth.

"It's over," Verlander said. "We gave ourselves a chance to win, we battled hard and showed resiliency but couldn't quite squeak it out."

It was the second loss in seven games for Detroit, which trails first-place Chicago by two games in the AL Central. The Tigers are two back of the final wild-card spot.

Austin Jackson had three hits while Delmon Young and Jhonny Peralta each homered for the Tigers. Jackson, 2 for 21 in his previous five games, is batting .368 against the Royals this season.

Young, 6 for 13 with two homers and four RBIs in the last three games, has hit .438 (7 for 16) with three doubles and a home run against scheduled Kansas City starter Bruce Chen (9-10, 5.41).

The left-hander had won three straight starts against the Tigers before going 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA versus Detroit this season. Though he was roughed up for six runs in 3 1-3 innings of an 8-7 loss at Comerica Park on July 7, Chen gave up two runs and fanned seven in seven innings of a 3-1 home defeat to the Tigers on April 17.

He is 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in his last two starts overall. The most recent came Friday, when he allowed three runs in six innings of a 4-3 loss at Boston.

Moustakas and Billy Butler each had three hits for the Royals, who beat Detroit for the second time in nine games.

"It was one of those starts where we put together a good first inning and a good second inning and kind of held on from there," manager Ned Yost said.

Butler is 12 for 19 (.632) with four RBIs in his last four home games against the Tigers.

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Probable Starters

Anibal Sanchez, RHP
2012 stats
148.0 Innings Pitched 146.1
7-10 Wins-Losses 9-10
4.38 Earned Run Average 5.41
43 Walks 35
129 Strikeouts 108
97 Pitches Per Start 91
Career vs. opponent
- Innings Pitched 72.1
--- Wins-Losses 4-5
- Earned Run Average 6.10

Bruce Chen, LHP
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Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Detroit1st AL Central5237.584-7-3 W 4
Kansas City2nd AL Central4745.5116 ½ 4-6 L 2
vs Bruce Chen
vs Anibal Sanchez

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Game Odds
Detroit -130 Kansas City 120
A. DirksBack
J. IglesiasShin
V. MartinezBack
P. McCoyHamstring
L. PutkonenElbow
B. RondonElbow
Kansas City
A. GordonWrist
L. HochevarElbow
D. ValenciaHand, wrist
J. VargasAppendectomy
Series Game Log
Mar 31DETDET 4-3Nathan Davis 
Apr 2DETDET 2-1Alburquerque Collins 
Apr 3DETPPD   
May 2KCDET 8-2Porcello Shields 
May 3KCDET 9-2Smyly Duffy 
May 4KCDET 9-4Verlander Vargas 
Jun 16DETKC 11-8Vargas Verlander 
Jun 17DETKC 11-4Ventura Scherzer 
Jun 18DETKC 2-1Guthrie Smyly 
Jun 19DETDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 10KCDET 16-4Smyly Guthrie 
Jul 11KCDET 2-1Sanchez Duffy 
Jul 12KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Jul 13KC 2:10 PM EDT  
Sep 8DET 4:08 PM EDT  
Sep 9DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 10DET 7:08 PM EDT  
Sep 19KC 8:10 PM EDT  
Sep 20KC 7:10 PM EDT  
Sep 21KC 2:10 PM EDT