Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez has thrown seven no-hit innings against the Minnesota Twins on Friday. Sanchez issued walks in both the first and second innings, but has since then recorded 17 consecutive outs.
Sanchez has struck out eight and is at 99 pitches for the game.
The last Tigers' no-hitter was thrown May 7, 2011, by Justin Verlander on the road in Toronto, but Sanchez has one of his own dating back to his days with the Florida Marlins in 2006. That game he led the Marlins to a 2-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. He struck out six and walked four.
In 2011, Sanchez nearly had his second career no-hitter, taking one against the Rockies as far as the ninth inning in April of that year. He allowed a hit on his first pitch of the inning and finished the game with one hit and three walks allowed.
The Tigers lead the Twins 6-0 behind a 10-hit game and home run by Don Kelly.