Tigers to start Anibal Sanchez on Monday

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The Detroit Tigers optioned Sunday’s starting pitcher Buck Farmer to Triple-A Toledo following the 9-1 loss to the Rays, the team announced. The club also noted that to complete the roster move, fellow pitcher Anibal Sanchez will be called up from the same affiliate on Monday.

Farmer dug an early hole when he allowed a two-run homer to Logan Morrison in the first inning. Following a clean 2nd, the right-hander surrendered five more runs in the 3rd, capped off by a Steven Souza Jr. grand slam. Farmer’s final line was seven runs on five hits and a walk over just 2.1 innings of work.

It was the second straight poor start for Farmer, who began the 2017 season with Toledo. He was off an outing against the D-backs in which he, similar to Sunday, couldn’t get past the third. He allowed six runs on nine hits, two of which cleared the fence, in a 7-6 loss to Arizona.

It appears the luck has run out for Farmer, who didn’t allow a run over his first two starts of the season while striking out 16 hitters over a combined 13.0 innings, both resulting in team wins.

Sanchez will join the Tigers rotation and get the nod as the scheduled starter when the team travels to Seattle on Monday. The veteran right-hander made four starts in Triple-A during his stay in the minors, going 0-2 with a 4.60 ERA.

The 33-year-old is being paid $16 million this season, the final of a five-year, $80-million deal. His ERA has gotten progressively worse since 2014, when he posted a career-low 2.57.

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