May 2, 2013 | Vol. 94, No. 103

Sanchez struggles early, Tigers lose to Twins

DETROIT (AP) — Anibal Sanchez struck out the first two hitters he faced — then the trouble began.

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Minnesota Twins’ Justin Morneau scores as Detroit Tigers catcher Brayan Pena misplays the throw from left fielder Matt Tuiasosopo during the first inning in Detroit Wednesday. Morneau scored from second on an RBI single by Chris Parmelee.

A walk. A double. Then another walk and a single.

Suddenly, the Detroit right-hander was struggling to get out of the first inning.

Sanchez settled down eventually, but this was nothing like his 17-strikeout performance last week against Atlanta. Instead, he gave up three runs in six innings, and the Tigers lost to the Minnesota Twins 6-2 on Wednesday.

“I think Sanchy was just too excited at the start,” Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. “He was throwing too hard, and it hurt his comman...