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Detroit Tigers links: Is it time to give Anibal Sanchez a rest?

Poor performances have brought the pitcher's worth into question.

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Another start, another opponent trotting around the bases. After years of being one of the most consistent starters in Major League Baseball -- including an American League ERA title in 2013 -- Anibal Sanchez can't keep the ball in the play.

Sanchez spent the early part of his career in Miami averaging around 20 home runs allowed per season. However, over the next two years he became one of the best pitchers in baseball at keeping the ball in the park, surrendering only 13 home runs in 2013 and 2014. He has allowed 43 in the 36 starts since.

As part of the solution, Tony Paul of the Detroit News is advocating for a youth revolution by suggesting that the Tigers would be at their best by filling out the rotation behind Jordan Zimmermann and Justin Verlander with some combination of Michael Fulmer, Matt Boyd, Daniel Norris, and Shane Greene.

This is obviously a drastic take, but the success of Fulmer and flashes of brilliance from the rest of the young guns make it an intriguing offering. For the Tigers to take the division back, they will need more consistency out of their starters. With the poor starts amounting to more than a trend, you have to wonder how long Sanchez will last.

Tigers tales

George Sipple of the Free Press checks in on the farm to see who is performing. And James McCann's record-breaking errorless streak came to an end.

Regression is a thing.

The White Sox jumped out to a 23-10 record and a six-game lead only to go on a 4-15 streak with two hilarious losses to the RoyalsCan the Sox and their manager stop the skid?

Edwin Jackson

Former Tiger Edwin Jackson was designated for assignment after pitching like a 32-year-old Edwin Jackson. This has the Atlanta Braves written all over it.

Zika virus

Tigers closer Francisco Rodriguez told ESPN's Katie Strang that he contracted the Zika virus in his home country of Venezuela this offseason.

Summer is heating up

Bob Nightengale of the USA Today takes a look at some early season predictions and what the season looks like now. Combine summer reactions with Royals fans rigging the All-Star voting, the Blue Jays trading for Jason Grilli, and White Sox looking for starting pitching, and it feels like July already! (Joke by HookSlide, all rights reserved)

Clayton Kershaw has the cheat codes

Clayton Kershaw has five walks all season and its June. That does not compute.

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