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Anibal Sanchez is no sidekick

No. 3 starter no-hits Red Sox through six as Tigers take Game 1

Updated: October 13, 2013, 4:37 AM ET
By Jerry Crasnick | ESPN.com

BOSTON -- Anibal Sanchez's fellow Detroit Tigers are quick to point out that he's no mere sidekick to the Justin Verlander-Max Scherzer top-of-the-rotation juggernaut. He's a true craftsman with natural movement on his pitches and the ability to do special things on any given day.

The Tigers know pitching, and they're not paying Sanchez $80 million over five years because he has a mellifluous-sounding name.

"Without a doubt, he has No. 1 stuff,'' Detroit catcher Alex Avila said. ...

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