Detroit Tigers throwing a combined no-hitter through 7 innings

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Anibal Sanchez worked six no-hits innings, but was replaced by Al Albuquerque in the top of the seventh.

The Detroit Tigers have not allowed a hit through seven innings, sitting six outs away from throwing the first combined no-hitter in MLB playoff history.

Anibal Sanchez did not allow a hit in the first six innings against the Red Sox. The right-hander looked overpowering, striking out 12, but Boston remained patient, drawing six walks. That helped inflate Sanchez's pitch count; he needed 116 pitches to record 18 outs.

Sanchez nearly ran into trouble in the top of the sixth inning. He walked the bases loaded, including consecutive two-out walks. Sanchez escaped the jam by striking out Stephen Drew to end the inning, his final batter of the game.

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Al Alburquerque replaced Sanchez in the top of the seventh, and retired the Red Sox in order.

The 2013 playoffs have already seen a pair of near no-hitters. Justin Verlander flirted with a no-no in Game 5 of the ALCS, not allowing a hit against the Oakland Athletics into the seventh inning. St. Louis Cardinals starter Michael Wacha also came close to making history, not allowing a hit until the eighth against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 4 of the NLCS.

There have been only two no-hitters in postseason history. Roy Halladay is the last pitcher to throw a postseason no-hitter, his coming against the Cincinnati Reds in Game 1 of the 2010 NLDS. Don Larsen's perfect game in the 1956 World Series is the only other playoff no-no.

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