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MLB roundup: Tigers' Sanchez to start ALCS opener

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Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland named right-hander Anibal Sanchez as the start for Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Boston Red Sox.

Sanchez will match up against Boston's Jon Lester, who was named Thursday.

The series starts Saturday in Boston at 5 p.m. ET.

Detroit finished off the Oakland A's in five games Thursday. Justin Verlander pitched eight innings of two-hit ball for the Tigers.

Sanchez went 14-8 with an AL best 2.57 ERA during the regular season. He allowed six runs (five earned) in 4 1/3 innings Monday in Game 3 of the AL Division Series.

Lester is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA in the playoffs.

---The Oakland A's picked up the 2014 option for outfielder Coco Crisp, worth $7.5 million.

Crisp, 33, had a batting line of .261/.335/.444 with 22 doubles, 22 home runs, 66 RBIs, 93 runs and 21 stolen bases this season.

If the A's chose to decline the option, Crisp would have received a $1 million buyout and become a free agent.

---Relief pitcher Jason Frasor has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers. The Fort Worth Telegram reports the contract is worth $1.75 million, plus incentives.

Frasor, 35, was 4-3 with a 2.57 ERA for Texas this season.
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