Next time the Tigers try to send Ryan Raburn to the minors he can decline

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Ryan Raburn’s up-and-down performances have led to the Tigers demoting him to the minors in four of the past five seasons, but those days are over.

Jason Beck of MLB.com reports that Raburn–at age 31 and with 1,645 plate appearances in the majors–now has enough service time to decline an assignment to the minors without forfeiting his salary, which is $2.1 million for this season.

His last demotion to Triple-A came less than a month ago, but the Tigers called him back up two weeks later and now they’re stuck with him despite a .163 batting average in 41 games. If they attempt to option him to the minors again Raburn has the right to decline, keep his full salary, and become a free agent.

Video: Albert Almora, Jr. lays out to make a great catch in deep right-center field

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Cubs center fielder Albert Almora, Jr. robbed Giants first baseman Brandon Belt of at least a double in the top of the first inning of Monday’s game at Wrigley Field. Almora completely left his feet to catch the ball before landing just shy of the warning track.

The Giants took the early lead two batters prior to Belt’s at-bat as Joe Panik hit a solo home run to center field.

Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

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The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot.

Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21 earned) on 34 hits and nine walks with 22 strikeouts in 21 innings. Nine of those 34 hits were home runs. Sanchez finished the 2015 season with a 4.99 ERA and last season with a 5.87 ERA, so he’s had a rough go of it in recent years.

The decision to go to Triple-A was Sanchez’s, Anthony Fenech of the Free Press reports. Sanchez wants to be stretched out as a starting pitcher again.