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Division Leading Tigers and Jays To Do Battle

The Detroit Tigers strong suit is not pitching, however, when they kick off a series on Tuesday with fellow division leaders the Toronto Blue Jays, they will be in the best possible situation in regards to pitching as they can be.

Anibal Sanchez will be taking the mound for the Tigers. Sanchez returned from the disabled list on May 18 and has been the Tigers sole bright spot on their pitching rotation.

Sanchez has pitched over 20 innings in just three games and has allowed only four earned runs on 13 hits. He has a 4-17 walk-to-strikeout ration. 69 percent of his pitches go for strikes.

His last outing was a loss, but it was a pretty one. He allowed his team to take a 1-0 lead against the Oakland Athletics in the ninth. Joe Nathan came into to close and Josh Donaldson knocked it out of the park, leading to the Detroit loss.

Drew Hutchison will pitch for Toronto.

The young pitcher (23 years old) his only now showing what he can do after missing the 2013 season due to injury.

In his last outing he led his team to a victory against the Tampa Bay Rays. It was his third straight win, but it was his worst outing of the season. Hutchison allowed 11 hits plus walks over just five innings. He also allowed three homers, in a wild slugfest that saw the Jay’s go over 10-5.

The game will be the first match up between these two clubs in nearly a year. As we know, though, the Blue Jays are a very different team from the last time the Tigers went up against them.

The Jays lineup consists of great hitters that Sanchez will be challenged to stop.

The opening odds have yet to be released for this game. It starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

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