Jered Weaver and Jeff Weaver bat against each other for first time

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Jeff Weaver and Jered Weaver have faced each other before on the mound, but yesterday one brother stepped into the batter’s box against the other brother for the first time.
Jeff entered the game in the top of the third inning in relief of Dodgers starter Carlos Monasterios and then led off the bottom of the frame against Jered. Jeff ended up taking a called third strike from Jered, and then afterward called him “a wuss” for throwing an off-speed pitch.
Not only was it the first time one Weaver had pitched to the other, it was the first pitcher-batter matchup for any brother combination since Ruddy Lugo and Julio Lugo in 2007. And that one isn’t nearly as amusing, because Julio Lugo is a hitter (technically, at least).
One inning later Jered grounded out against Jeff, but despite making contact admitted that Jeff “is the better hitter of the two of us.” I’ll give Angels manager Mike Scioscia the final word: “At least Jered put the ball in play.” Jeff Weaver pitched well in relief, allowing one run in 2.1 innings, but Jered Weaver picked up his sixth victory with a Quality Start.

The Tigers decline Anibal Sanchez’s 2018 option

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From the “this does not surprise us in the very least” department, Tigers GM Al Avila announced today that the club is declining its $16 million option on right-hander Anibal Sanchez.

Sanchez had a terrible year in 2017, going 3-7 with a 6.41 ERA in 2017. That’s a long slide down from his 2013 season, in which he won the AL ERA title, going 14-8 and posting an ERA of 2.57 in the first year of his five-year, $80 million deal. Since then he’s gone 28-35 with a 5.15 ERA. He never started 30 games or more over the course of the contract.

The declination of the option does come with a nice parting gift for Sanchez: a $5 million buyout. Which is pretty dang high for a buyout, but that’s how the Tigers rolled three or four years ago.