Sanchez, Infante join Tigers

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Anibal Sanchez and Omar Infante walked into the Detroit Tigers clubhouse for the first time Tuesday afternoon.

The atmosphere was festive as they exchanged handshakes and hugs with their new teammates about three hours before Detroit's game against the Indians.

Sanchez and Infante were acquired from Miami on Monday in a trade that will further strengthen a team that appears to be on the verge of taking control of the AL Central. Sanchez, a right-hander, will add depth to the rotation while Infante could be the solution to Detroit's season-long problems at second base.

The Tigers, who have won five straight and 13 of 15, lead Chicago by one game and third-place Cleveland by four games in the Central.