June 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

Tuesday's Tigers-Blue Jays tweets: Blue Jays get to Joe Nathan in ninth

Tigers starter Anibal Sanchez works in the first inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays. (Robin Buckson / Detroit News)

The Tigers return to Comerica Park this week and open a three-game series against the Blue Jays on Tuesday night at 7:08 p.m. (FSD, 1270-AM and 97.1-FM). Here’s what you need to know:

Austin Jackson has a hefty .381 average (43-for-113) in his career against the Blue Jays. In 27 games against Toronto, Jackson has six doubles, three triples, two homers and 27 runs.

Tuesday’s starter, Anibal Sanchez, has lowered his ERA from 3.13 to 2.49 in his three starts (2-0, one no-decision) since coming off the disabled list. Sanchez has given up 13 hits and four earned runs while striking out 17 covering 20.1 innings in those three outings.

Sanchez, the American League ERA champion in 2013, has only 43.1 innings this season – not enough to be ranked among the leaders. That will change soon as long as Sanchez remains healthy. His team-best 2.49 ERA would rank sixth in the AL.

The Tigers begin a stretch in which they play 12 of their next 16 games at Comerica Park. After the Toronto series the Tigers entertain the Red Sox, then travel to the White Sox, then host the Twins and Royals.


1. Ian Kinsler, 2B

2. Torii Hunter, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 1B

4. Victor Martinez, DH

5. J.D. Martinez, LF

6. Don Kelly, 3B

7. Austin Jackson, CF

8. Alex Avila, C

9. Andrew Romine, SS

Anibal Sanchez, RHP


1. Jose Reyes, SS

2. Melky Cabrera, LF

3. Jose Bautista, RF

4. Edwin Encarnacion, 1B

5. Adam Lind, DH

6. Brett Lawrie, 2B

7. Juan Francisco, 3B

8. Dioner Navarro, C

9. Anthony Gose, CF

Drew Hutchison, RHP