Soria: double agent?
A little over two weeks ago, the Detroit Tigers were flying high. Enjoying a seven-game lead in the AL Central, Detroit seemed assured of winning its fourth straight American League Central title. But since July 24, when Detroit beat the Angels to create that seven-game advantage, things have narrowed considerably in the division, with the Tigers’ lead now down to a mere 1 1/2 games entering Sunday thanks to a combination of a tough 6-9 stretch and a red-hot run by Kansas City. And on Sunday, Detroit learned that it’ll have to keep that minuscule lead without a pair of key pitchers, as both Anibal Sanchez and Joakim Soria are headed to the disabled list for an extended stay….
Sanchez was the first to go down, suffering a strain of his right pectoral muscle during Friday’s start against Toronto… Soria, meanwhile, went down with an oblique strain on Saturday… Both were placed on the DL on Sunday, with Sanchez expected to miss close to a month, and Soria likely out for a similar period of time…
[Manager Brad] Ausmus will have to hope that [Joe] Nathan can right himself (which looks more unlikely by the day) and that his troika of ace starters — Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer and the recently acquired David Price — can handle the extra innings. He’ll also have to hope that Verlander, Scherzer and Price can up their games enough to make up for Sanchez’s absence. Luckily, those three and the resurgent Rick Porcello should be up to the task. If not, Detroit’s AL Central lead is all but certain to vanish.
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