Tigers, A's skip workouts in favor of some sleep

Tigers, A's skip workouts in favor of some sleep

DETROIT -- Both the Tigers and Athletics skipped formal workouts on Sunday with an early start for Game 3 looming, and the possibility of jetlag after flying into Detroit on Sunday morning.

Anibal Sanchez got a head start on the rest of his teammates to prepare for his start in Game 3 (1 p.m. ET, MLB Network), leaving Oakland at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday. He watched Game 2 at his home in Michigan.

"I got pretty good rest," Sanchez said. "So something the team does for me, and I feel better right now. I just rest pretty good at home today, and [Sunday night] I'm going to get another good rest, and I think that's going to help me."

By flying to Detroit earlier, Sanchez was able to do his usual workout routine in the afternoon at Comerica Park.

For other players, Sunday's off-day was used as an opportunity to catch up on sleep. Catcher Alex Avila didn't get home after the team's flight back to Detroit following Game 2 until around 8:30 a.m. ET.

"It's a little bit of an adjustment," Avila said. "You have the off-day, but it's not really an off-day, and it is a quick turnaround with the one o'clock game tomorrow."

Bobby Nightengale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.