"Yeah, totally," Sanchez said. "I think I've been working pretty hard this offseason. To do this in the first outing, it's not something I wanted to do."
The Braves put up three runs, four singles and a walk against Sanchez before he retired the next three batters. Sanchez didn't give up extra bases, but the swings from Braves hitters noted they weren't getting fooled, either.
A scout in attendance had Sanchez's fastball ranging from 87-92 mph. Manager Brad Ausmus said they had it in the 90-mph range. Sanchez's changeup and slider, according to the scout, sat in the mid-80s with light movement.
That's not unusual for a pitcher's first outing of the spring. For a pitcher trying to compete for a spot, however, it was a tough start to the push.
"He left some balls up," Ausmus said. "Obviously not the results he wants. It was just one outing. We'll see how he progresses."
• For the second consecutive game, the Tigers had a juggling catch in the outfield. One day after Alex Presley recovered for a play in right field against the Mets, shortstop Jose Iglesias tipped a fly ball to Justin Upton in left while trying for a shovel catch.
• J.D. Martinez (pectoral muscle soreness) and Nicholas Castellanos (flu) returned to the Tigers' lineup on Monday. Martinez went 0-for-3, while Castellanos had a walk and a run scored.
Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.