More shoulder problems for Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez

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Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez, who has a long history of shoulder injuries, has been placed on the disabled list with a rotator cuff strain.

Sanchez has struggled for much of the season, but he’s been particularly bad recently while allowing 17 runs in 20 innings this month. Knowing the 31-year-old’s injury history and the fact that he’s still owed another $38 million for the next two years it’s possible the Tigers will simply decide to shut Sanchez down for the season.

In the third year of a five-year, $80 million contract, Sanchez has worked 182, 126, and 157 innings for Detroit while posting ERAs of 2.57, 3.43, and 4.99. Like much of the Tigers’ aging core, he’s very expensive and trending in the wrong direction.

Attempting to complete cycle, Robinson Chirinos thrown out to end game

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With his Astros trailing the Tigers 2-1, catcher Robinson Chirinos began his at-bat in the bottom of the ninth a triple shy of the cycle. He doubled in the second inning, singled in the fourth, and hit a solo homer in the seventh. Yordan Álvarez and Yuli Gurriel both struck out, leaving the Astros’ fate in the hands of Chirinos against Joe Jiménez. After working the count to 2-1, Chirinos slapped an 85 MPH slider to the gap in right-center field. A diving Travis Demeritte could not come up with the ball, but center fielder Harold Castro fired the ball back in to Gordon Beckham, who then made a perfect throw to Dawel Lugo at third base. Chirinos was tagged out for the final out of the game. No triple, no cycle. The Astros lost 2-1.

Chirinos was attempting to become the first Astro to hit for the cycle since Brandon Barnes on July 19, 2013 against the Mariners.

The Astros entered Wednesday’s game as the largest favorite in 15 seasons, according to ESPN’s David Purdum. The Astros were -500 per Caesars Sportsbook. Other sportsbooks had them at -550. So the Tigers’ win was quite the upset.

Justin Verlander went the distance in the loss. The only blemishes on his line were solo homers to Ronny Rodríguez in the fifth and John Hicks in the ninth. They were the only hits he allowed while walking none and striking out 11.