Don’t look now, but the Detroit Tigers have moved into a tie for the AL Central with the Chicago White Sox with just a little over a week to go in the season.
It’ also looks like the return’s on Anibal Sanchez are finally starting to pay off.
Tuesday night, Sanchez a trade deadline acquisition for the Tigers threw a three hit complete game shutout as the Tigers beat the Kansas City Royals 2-0 from Comerica Park. Couple that with a 4-3 White Sox loss to the Cleveland Indians Tuesday afternoon and you now have that all-out sprint to the finish for the AL Central title.
Sanchez struck out 10 and walked just one earning his first shutout since September 10th, 2011 while he was a member of the then Florida Marlins.
Prince Fielder and Delmon Young each had RBI singles in the first inning for the Tigers while Triple Crown candidate Miguel Cabrera went 0 for 3 ending his 14 game hitting streak.
Known Tiger killer Bruce Chen allowed only the two runs on 10 hits over 6 2/3 innings for the Royals who have now dropped three straight.
Detroit will now look to either keep pace or take over the AL Central lead all by themselves tonight when Rick Porcello takes the hill opposite of Kansas City right hander Jeremy Guthrie. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM ET.