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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.
|LA Angels - LP: C. Rasmus||6||FINAL|
|Baltimore - WP: R. Webb||7|
|Seattle - WP: H. Iwakuma||5||FINAL|
|Cleveland - LP: T. Bauer||2|
|Chicago WSox - WP: J. Quintana||11||FINAL|
|Detroit - LP: A. Sanchez||4|
|Washington - LP: S. Strasburg||0||FINAL|
|Miami - WP: H. Alvarez||3|
|Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels||6||FINAL|
|NY Mets - LP: D. Gee||0|
|Milwaukee - LP: W. Smith||1||FINAL|
|Tampa Bay - WP: A. Cobb||5|
|Toronto - WP: M. Stroman||4||FINAL|
|Boston - LP: R. De La Rosa||2|
|Arizona - LP: T. Cahill||0||FINAL|
|Cincinnati - WP: M. Leake||3|
|Colorado - LP: T. Matzek||3||FINAL|
|Chicago Cubs - WP: J. Baker||4|
|NY Yankees - WP: B. McCarthy||12||FINAL|
|Texas - LP: N. Martinez||11|
|Minnesota - WP: K. Gibson||2||FINAL|
|Kansas City - LP: J. Shields||1|
|Oakland - WP: E. Scribner||7||FINAL|
|Houston - LP: C. Qualls||4|
|Atlanta - LP: A. Varvaro||4||FINAL|
|Los Angeles - WP: B. League||8|
|St. Louis - LP: L. Lynn||1||FINAL|
|San Diego - WP: T. Ross||3|
|Pittsburgh - WP: F. Liriano||3||FINAL|
|San Francisco - LP: T. Hudson||1|
|NY Giants||8/3/14 7:00 PM|
|Winnipeg||7/31/14 6:00 PM|
|Toronto||8/1/14 6:00 PM|
|Brt Columbia||8/1/14 9:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/2/14 6:00 PM|
|Saskatchewan||8/7/14 7:30 PM|