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Detroit at Miami

Venue: Marlins Park
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The Detroit Tigers' Anibal Sanchez will wrap up the best regular season of his career in the place where he spent his first six-plus seasons.

The ex-Miami Marlins pitcher will face his former club for the first time Saturday night.

Sanchez recorded a personal-best 14th victory Sept. 11 to cap a career-high run of seven consecutive wins. He had that streak snapped Sunday with a 6-3 loss to the Chicago White Sox.

Sanchez (14-8, 2.64 ERA) will try to finish the regular season on a positive note by beating the team that traded him in a five-player deal July 23, 2012. That move has appeared to work out well as he's 18-14 with a 2.97 ERA in 40 starts with the Tigers after going 44-45 with a 3.69 ERA in 132 for the Marlins.

Sanchez will look to help Detroit (93-67) bounce back from a 3-2 loss in Friday's series opener that snapped an eight-game interleague win streak. Giancarlo Stanton gave the Marlins (60-100) all they would need with a three-run double in the third inning.

Jhonny Peralta tried to aid a Detroit comeback with an RBI double in his return from a 50-game suspension.

"I felt pretty good," Peralta said. "I saw the ball well, the breaking ball and everything. I made good contact."

Former Marlins slugger Miguel Cabrera had a pair of singles in his first game back in Miami and boosted his MLB-best average to .347.

Cabrera is set to make his final start of the regular season Saturday. He was originally slated to get the series opener off but persuaded manager Jim Leyland to give him the finale to rest.

"I prefer to play (Friday and Saturday) and try to have five days off and be ready for the playoffs," Cabrera told the team's official website.

The third baseman will face Nathan Eovaldi (4-6, 3.50) on Saturday, and the right-hander will try to duplicate one of his stronger outings of the season.

Eovaldi yielded three hits over 7 2-3 innings Monday in a 4-0 victory against Philadelphia, and is 2-1 with a 2.66 ERA in four outings this month.

"These last few starts and hopefully finishing up on a good note, is going to be big for next year," he said.

Eovaldi is 0-2 in four career interleague starts despite posting a 1.80 ERA. He is facing Detroit for the first time.

Prince Fielder (1 for 3) and Torii Hunter (0 for 3) are the only Tigers to have faced Eovaldi. Among the Marlins, Placido Polanco has experienced the most success against Sanchez, going 9 for 21 (.429) with two homers.

Miami's Steve Cishek will seek to earn his 30th consecutive save after closing out Friday's victory to extend his team-record run.

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