They were soon joined by Tigers manager Brad Ausmus and trainer Kevin Rand. Ausmus soon motioned to the dugout and ordered reliever Jose Ortega to start warming up.
Ausmus said a flap of skin had torn off Sanchez's middle finger, and he knew as soon as he saw it that his day was done.
"It was just a feeling on the last out that I got," Sanchez said. "On the next pitch, I felt something right there and felt my skin moving. When I saw the blood on my finger, I tried to get [Dozier] out and get out of the inning, but no chance."
Sanchez, who entered the game 0-2 with a 3.54 ERA, no-hit the Twins for 8 1/3 innings at Comerica Park last May 24. He had a 2-0 lead on Saturday afternoon and appeared to be on his way to his first win of the year. Instead, he had to settle for a no-decision.
Ortega inherited a 3-2 count on Dozier, who took the next pitch for ball four. The walk was charged to Sanchez, but Dozier was subsequently retired trying to steal second base.
Patrick Donnelly is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.