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Matt Boyd earns No. 5 spot in Tigers’ starting rotation

Kansas City Royals v Detroit Tigers

DETROIT, MI - SEPTEMBER 25: Matt Boyd #48 of the Detroit Tigers pitches against the Kansas City Royals during the first inning at Comerica Park on September 25, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan. Boyd was pulled in the first after giving up four runs and five hits. (Photo by Duane Burleson/Getty Images)

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Matt Boyd has earned the No. 5 spot in the Tigers’ starting rotation, which means veteran Anibal Sanchez will pitch out of the bullpen, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reported on Wednesday.

Boyd, 26, pitched well this spring, compiling a 2.49 ERA with a 21/0 K/BB ratio in 21 2/3 innings. The lefty’s numbers in the majors last year weren’t nearly as good.

Sanchez, 33, is coming off of the worst season of his career and overall didn’t have a great spring, putting up a 5.03 ERA with a 20/4 K/BB ratio in 19 2/3 innings. He came on strong at the end, however, tossing 14 consecutive scoreless innings. Manager Brad Ausmus didn’t rule out the possibility of Sanchez returning to the rotation at some point.

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