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Detroit at Washington

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Detroit (15-11) «010020100481
Washington (11-13)000010200371

Tigers 4, Nationals 3

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VIERA, Fla. (AP) - No one on the Washington Nationals cared about Stephen Strasburg's line on Friday. They were just glad he was OK.

Strasburg stayed on the mound after Prince Fielder's liner went off his left hand, pitching six innings in a 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

The 24-year-old right-hander was hit in the fleshy part of his hand, just below his glove. The play happened in the fourth inning.

"I thought I could have caught it," Strasburg said. "It just took a while for it to sink in that it hit me. It kind of got numb. I just shook it out and it was just tender after that."

After shaking off the injury and being cleared by team trainers, he struck out two of the next three batters.

Manager Davey Johnson said he was just glad it was Strasburg's glove hand that was hit. He also said Strasburg did not have to talk him into letting him stay in the game after he was examined by a team trainer.

"It was a scare, no doubt about it," Johnson said.

Strasburg, making his sixth spring start, gave up three runs and seven hits. He struck out five and walked one.

Matt Tuiasosopo homered in the second inning for Detroit, and Victor Martinez and Fielder each singled in a run in the fifth.

"I thought I pitched pretty well," Strasburg said. "I got weak contact, it was just the story of (the game). They singled me to death besides that home run early. That's baseball."

After letting Strasburg throw 89 pitches against Detroit, Johnson said he likely will limit him to around 70 in his final spring start on Wednesday so he doesn't overwork him before the start of the season.

Strasburg, meanwhile, is ready to go.

"I think my arm felt great today," he said. "My stamina is there. I felt as strong and as loose as I was in the first inning in the sixth. I definitely could have gone back out there for the rest of the game, to be honest. It was a good sign. It's going in the right direction."

Drew Smyly allowed one run and four hits in five innings for Detroit. He is competing with Rick Porcello for the fifth spot in the rotation.

It was a much better performance than his previous start against Washington, when he was tagged for five runs and seven hits on Sunday.

"You don't take it kindly, especially when you've got to face the same team in five days," Smyly said. "You've got to make adjustments quick, or else the same thing will happen."

Smyly focused on keeping his delivery more compact on Friday and got the results he wanted. He retired the first 10 batters he faced and finished with five strikeouts and no walks.

Ian Desmond homered for Washington's only run against the lefty.

"Sometimes, I kind of fly open, trying to throw a pitch too good or too hard and leave it up in the zone," Smyly said. "I was just really working on staying in and making sure I make a good pitch down in the zone."

Though he said he tries not to think about it between starts, Smyly is eager to find out what manager Jim Leyland decides to do about the rotation.

"I guess I'm just as eager as you guys," he said. "I guess it will happen sooner or later. I don't make that call, so all I can do is keep trying to pitch well."

NOTES: Rafael Soriano was scheduled to pitch, but Johnson said the reliever was still feeling the effects a root canal on Thursday. "He's recovering from a long day in the dentist's chair," Johnson said. "I sympathize with him." Soriano was expected to pitch Saturday against the Mets, but his name was scratched off the Nationals' travel roster. Johnson said the closer will instead throw in a minor league game at the team's training complex. ... The Nationals optioned RHP Cole Kimball to Triple-A Syracuse and re-assigned RHP Jeremy Accardo to their minor league camp. ... LHP J.C. Romero, who signed a minor league contract with Washington on Friday, pitched in five games for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic. Romero gave up two runs in 4 2-3 innings. ... Nationals OF Roger Bernadina made a spectacular catch in the seventh inning to rob Jordan Lennerton. He received a standing ovation from much of the home crowd. ... Leyland said there was a chance OF Andy Dirks (bruised right knee) could play Saturday against the New York Yankees, but it was unlikely OF Avisail Garcia (bruised right heel) would be available. ... Leyland said he is leaning a certain way on which pitchers will comprise his bullpen, but he's not revealing anything just yet. "I have a pretty good idea how it might play out, but I can't say that for sure yet," he said. . Martinez and Fielder both had two hits and an RBI for the Tigers.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

I. Desmond
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 1
Detroit

P. Fielder
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Quintin Berry, CF3010210 .208
    Jason Krizan, PR-LF0000000 .000
Don Kelly, RF2100101 .237
    Jeff McVaney, RF1000111 .500
Victor Martinez, DH3021010 .288
   a- Steven Moya, PH-DH2000024 .000
Prince Fielder, 1B3021000 .333
    Jordan Lennerton, PR-1B0001000 .000
Brayan Pena, C4000005 .182
    Brad Davis, C0000000 .000
Matt Tuiasosopo, LF4111012 .317
    Luis Castillo, CF0000000 .000
Ramon Santiago, 2B3000012 .200
    Argenis Diaz, 2B-SS1000010 .240
Danny Worth, SS4110020 .306
    Brandon Loy, 2B0000000 .667
Kevin Russo, 3B4110011 .286
Totals34484411  
a-struck out for Martinez in the 7th
Batting
2B - Kevin Russo (4, Rodriguez)
HR - Matt Tuiasosopo (4, Strasburg)
SF - Jordan Lennerton (1)
RBI - Victor Martinez (6), Prince Fielder (10), Jordan Lennerton (1), Matt Tuiasosopo (9)
2-OUT RBI - Victor Martinez (3), Prince Fielder (6), Matt Tuiasosopo (3)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Loy-Lennerton
E - Quintin Berry (1, Throwing)
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Drew Smyly (W,4-0) 5411051 3.38
Jose Alvarez (H,4) 1100000 1.13
Phil Coke (H,5) 1121100 4.50
Brayan Villarreal (H,4) 1100010 1.80
Luis Marte (S,3) 1000020 2.70
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Drew Smyly 8-2, Jose Alvarez 2-1, Brayan Villarreal 1-0
Batters Faced - Drew Smyly 19, Jose Alvarez 4, Phil Coke 5, Brayan Villarreal 3, Luis Marte 3
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF3010000 .227
    Roger Bernadina, CF1000000 .000
Jayson Werth, RF4020001 .317
Bryce Harper, LF2010000 .400
    Tyler Moore, LF2000012 .240
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B4010023 .351
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000014 .135
Ian Desmond, SS2211110 .294
    Carlos Rivero, SS1000010 .167
Danny Espinosa, 2B3110000 .316
    Chad Tracy, 3B1000000 .211
Kurt Suzuki, C2001010 .276
   a- Stephen Lombardozzi, PH-2B0001000 .164
Totals3137318  
a-hit a sacrifice fly for Rodriguez in the 7th
Batting
HR - Ian Desmond (2, Smyly)
SF - Kurt Suzuki (1), Stephen Lombardozzi (1)
RBI - Ian Desmond (6), Kurt Suzuki (3), Stephen Lombardozzi (9)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Espinosa-Desmond-LaRoche
E - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Misplayed grounder)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Strasburg (L,0-3) 6733151 4.62
Henry Rodriguez 1111210 5.40
Ryan Mattheus 1000020 3.60
Tyler Clippard 1000130 0.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 10-3, Ryan Mattheus 1-0
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 26, Henry Rodriguez 6, Ryan Mattheus 3, Tyler Clippard 4
Game Information
Attendance - 7199
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 70
Umpires - Home - Ed Hickox, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Manny Gonzalez