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The Tigersrotation has struggled recently, but no one expects that to last long. Still, they could use the return of righthander Anibal Sanchez, who nearly no-hit the Twins last month.
Sanchez has missed his past four starts because of shoulder soreness and will miss a fifth next week against Toronto. The Tigers hope he can return to the mound July 6 against Cleveland.
Jose Alvarez has replaced Sanchez in the rotation lately, going 1-1 with a 3.78 ERA in three starts.
Here are three observations ...
• Fans who wanted the Twins to go after Edwin Jackson during the offseason take note: The Cubs are paying Jackson $52 million over four years, and he’s 3-10 with a 5.84 ERA.
• Everyone is gushing about outfielder Yasiel Puig — and his talent is immense — but a big reason the Dodgers are playing better ball is because Hanley Ramirez has gotten on a roll.
• A-Rod should take A-Walk. He’s concerned the Yankees are trying to avoid paying the rest of his enormous salary. He should worry more about reviving and repairing his career — with another team.
... and two predictions
• Both Matt Garza and Ricky Nolasco will be traded to NL West teams before the July 31 deadline
• July is going to be a rough 11-15 month for the Twins.
|Washington - WP: D. Fister||1||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Philadelphia - WP: S. Gonzalez||6||FINAL|
|Miami - LP: J. Cosart||2|
|Toronto - LP: J. Francis||7||FINAL|
|Cleveland - WP: M. Rzepczynski||10|
|Cincinnati - LP: J. Cueto||0||FINAL|
|Atlanta - WP: J. Teheran||5|
|Tampa Bay - LP: S. Geltz||2||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: T. Hunter||4|
|Chicago WSox - LP: J. Danks||3||FINAL|
|Minnesota - WP: R. Pressly||13|
|Detroit - WP: A. Sanchez||6||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Guthrie||4|
|Seattle - LP: C. Smith||6||FINAL|
|Houston - WP: P. Neshek||7|
|Pittsburgh - LP: R. Liz||2||FINAL|
|St. Louis - WP: M. Socolovich||3|
|Milwaukee - WP: W. Smith||5||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - LP: P. Strop||3|
|Oakland - WP: S. Gray||7||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: Y. Gallardo||1|
|LA Angels - LP: J. Weaver||0||FINAL|
|San Francisco - WP: T. Lincecum||5|
|Colorado - LP: K. Kendrick||6||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: J. Shields||8|
|Arizona - LP: E. Marshall||0||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: J. Howell||1|
|NY Yankees - WP: A. Warren||8||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: J. Kelly||5|
|Sporting Kansas City||1|
|New York City||1|