Detroit Tigers Links: Sanchez vs red-hot Jays, AJax to break out, Zumaya returns & RoboCop in the house


May 28, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Anibal Sanchez (19) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the second inning at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Tigers’ Sanchez will put homerless streak on the line – Battle Creek Enquirer

"The Toronto Blue Jays lead the majors in homers. Detroit Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez hasn’t allowed a homer this season. They’re set to face each other Tuesday night at Comerica Park. What a match-up of power against power prevention."

Toronto has been red-hot lately and just completed a very successful home stand. If you think they’ll let up out of the comfort of their own surroundings, think again–the Blue Jays are even better on the road this season (16-11).

Detroit Tigers’ Austin Jackson Will Break Out of His Slump In the Month of June – Brad Faber, Rant Sports

"He got off to a terrific start in the regular season as well, batting .307/.391/.520 with two home runs and 10 RBIs in March/April. He appeared to be very comfortable after being dropped from the leadoff spot to the middle of the order, and he seemed to be headed towards a career year.However, the wheels have fallen off for the 27-year-old Jackson in the month of May, and his slash line on the season has now fallen to .244/.308/.386. The Tigers should not be overly concerned, though, as Jackson tends to heat up with the weather, and he has historically done some of his best work in the month of June. Therefore, a hot streak for Jackson may be just around the corner."

Austin has always been incredibly streaky, and that’s one of the things that frustrates fans so much. Hopefully May will simply be a bump in the road.

Ex-Detroit Tigers reliever Joel Zumaya returns to Michigan – to catch fish – Lydia Lohrer, Detroit Free Press

"Former Tigers right-handed pitcher Joel Zumaya was recently spotted fishing with guide Gerry Gostenik on Lake St. Clair and Saginaw Bay. Zumaya lives in Florida, a state renowned for spectacular bass fishing, but he makes several trips a year to Michigan.“Michigan has the greatest fisheries in the United States, and the best smallmouth fishery is right here, too,” Zumaya said. “I would stack it against Florida any day. Fishing in Michigan is like winning the lottery. You can catch a smallmouth, walleye and muskie in one day. I love it.”"

Zumaya, who officially nixed any future arm surgeries and retired last year, says his goal is to coach baseball. For now he’s enjoying some downtime with his son.

Detroit to celebrate ‘RoboCop Day’ Tuesday – AP

"Tuesday is being called “RoboCop Day. Detroit police and others will have the chance to take part in a meet-and-greet with RoboCop, who also will throw out the first pitch at the Detroit Tigers game that night. The 1980s science fiction movie was set in a futuristic and crime-ridden Detroit."

RoboCop will also throw out the first pitch and receive a statue in the city later this year. The Detroit Tigers had a brief mention in the original 1987 movie:

Clarence Boddicker: “Ooh, guns, guns, guns! Come on, Sal! The Tigers are playing… [slaps the table] tonight! I never miss a game.”