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LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) - Dan Haren is still figuring out where he fits into the potent Washington Nationals' rotation.

Haren went a spring-high four innings, allowing two earned runs in a 2-1 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday.

Rick Porcello started for the Tigers and pitched five shutout innings, allowing three hits while striking out four.

Haren signed as a free agent after going 12-13 with a 4.33 ERA for the Los Angeles Angels last season. He is set to join Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez and Ross Detwiler in the rotation.

Haren says he already has the pecking order figured out.

"Let's see, I am the oldest starting pitcher and I am by far the slowest," Haren said. "I am the second-best hitting pitcher. Other than that, we are a staff and a team that is built for the long run. Our fans in Washington have a lot to be excited about for a long time."

Haren has 119 career wins and has been an All-Star three times. He said he has his eyes fixed on bigger things this year as part of a team that many are picking as the favorite to go to the World Series.

"It's an exciting time to be here in Washington," Haren said.

Nationals manager Davey Johnson has been impressed by what he's seen.

"Dan Haren has been great," Johnson said. "He's been sharp all spring and he has great command. I like what I am seeing."

Porcello is competing with Drew Smyly for the final spot in the Tigers' rotation year behind Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Anibal Sanchez and Doug Fister.

Smyly hasn't allowed a run in nine innings over three starts. Porcello has only allowed three runs in 12 innings in four starts.

Porcello has fanned 14 without a walk this spring, and has a 2.08 ERA. His name has been mentioned in trade speculation, and he said he's done talking about possible deals.

"I feel good right now," Porcello said. "Everything is working well. I am trying to get ahead of the batters, but I am pitching with confidence. I am not here to work on stuff, I am here to win."

"Numbers are nice, but you can't take too much out of them," Porcello said. "For five innings I felt great today and I need to bring that to the regular season."

Tigers manager Jim Leyland isn't showing his hand on the final opening in the Tigers rotation. He liked what he saw from Porcello.

"That was impressive. He's bearing up under all the talk like a professional. He is locked in now," he said.

Andy Dirks had two hits for the Tigers, improving his spring average to .308. He is in competition with Brennan Boesch and Quintin Berry for the left field slot, and all three played against Washington.

NOTES: Washington ace Stephen Strasburg will face Atlanta's Paul Maholm on Monday in Viera, Fla. ... Nationals reliever Drew Storen pitched his fourth straight scoreless inning. ... Tigers ace Justin Verlander will make his fourth start of the spring on Monday against the New York Mets.

 
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Detroit

R. Porcello
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 0
K 4
Washington

D. Haren
IP 4.0
H 5
ER 2
BB 0
K 2
 

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Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Corey Brown, RF-CF4000021 .216
Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B3000011 .200
    Will Rhymes, 2B1000010 .294
Bryce Harper, CF3010020 .448
    Micah Owings, LF1000010 .250
Wilson Ramos, C2000001 .333
    Sandy Leon, C2000000 .091
Tyler Moore, LF2010000 .222
    Carlos Rivero, LF-RF1100100 .231
Chad Tracy, DH4010012 .238
Chris Marrero, 1B2000000 .250
    Zach Walters, SS0000100 .333
Matt Skole, 3B-1B2011000 .250
Anthony Rendon, SS-3B3000012 .296
Totals3014129  
Batting
SF - Matt Skole (1)
RBI - Matt Skole (4)
SB - Bryce Harper (1, 2nd base off Porcello/Avila)
Team LOB - 5
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Dan Haren (L,0-2) 4522020 4.00
Drew Storen 1000020 1.80
Yunesky Maya 1100100 2.57
Ryan Mattheus 1100000 3.00
Cole Kimball 1000010 3.38
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 21-21, Drew Storen 7-7, Yunesky Maya 8-4, Ryan Mattheus 4-4, Cole Kimball 5-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 4-6, Drew Storen 1-0, Yunesky Maya 2-1, Ryan Mattheus 2-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 17, Drew Storen 3, Yunesky Maya 5, Ryan Mattheus 4, Cole Kimball 3
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Austin Jackson, CF3000012 .200
    Quintin Berry, CF1010000 .333
Torii Hunter, RF3000000 .188
    Brennan Boesch, RF1000001 .091
Victor Martinez, DH4000000 .214
Prince Fielder, 1B2110100 .333
    Matt Tuiasosopo, PR-1B1000010 .150
Andy Dirks, LF3020001 .308
    Avisail Garcia, PR-LF1000000 .259
Jhonny Peralta, SS3110003 .172
    Danny Worth, SS0000000 .381
Alex Avila, C3011013 .208
    Brad Davis, C0000000 .000
Don Kelly, 3B2011001 .273
    Argenis Diaz, 3B1000000 .333
Kevin Russo, 2B3000022 .320
Totals3127215  
Batting
2B - Andy Dirks (2, Haren), Don Kelly (2, Haren)
RBI - Alex Avila (5), Don Kelly (2)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Russo-Worth-Tuiasosopo
E - Argenis Diaz (1, Misplayed grounder)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Rick Porcello (W,2-1) 5300040 2.08
Joaquin Benoit (H,5) 1000010 3.00
Duane Below (H,1) 1111210 11.57
Brayan Villarreal (H,2) 1000030 3.00
Luis Marte (S,2) 1000000 1.42
Pitches-Strikes - Rick Porcello 27-27, Joaquin Benoit 5-5, Duane Below 14-6, Brayan Villarreal 9-9, Luis Marte 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Rick Porcello 6-5, Luis Marte 3-0
Batters Faced - Rick Porcello 18, Joaquin Benoit 3, Duane Below 6, Brayan Villarreal 3, Luis Marte 3
Game Information
Attendance - 8770
Game Time - 2:25
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Larry Vanover, First Base - Jerry Layne, Second Base - UMP Nonindividual, Third Base - Toby Basner