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Strasburg bests Scherzer; Nats top Tigers 8-1


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VIERA, Fla. (AP) Had this been the regular season, Stephen Strasburg vs. Max Scherzer would have been a tantalizing matchup.

Strasburg allowed three hits and struck out five in five scoreless innings Thursday, helping the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 8-1.

Preparing for Washington's opener at the New York Mets on March 31, Strasburg has given up one earned run and eight hits in 14 innings with 10 strikeouts and four walks.

`I'm just trying to go out there and commit to every pitch and take what happens,'' Strasburg said.

In addition to working on his slider, Strasburg has also been trying to do a better job of holding runners on base. That paid off in the third inning, when Washington catcher Wilson Ramos threw out Detroit's Nick Catellanos trying to steal second.

''The biggest thing for me is just being aware of how far off the bag he is and being able to identify the leads,'' Strasburg said. ''Before, I never really had an idea of where they were over there, and I think the fact that I didn't know sped me up a lot.

''I felt like I could just be quicker to home plate and it wouldn't matter. But then they just started getting running leads and stealing on my timing.''

Scherzer, the reigning AL Cy Young Award winner, allowed five runs and seven hits in 5 2-3 innings with eight strikeouts and no walks. He gave up a two-run homer to Ian Desmond and an RBI triple to Ryan Zimmerman. He threw 91 pitches.

''I thought overall I threw the ball pretty well,'' he said. ''I just didn't execute pitches.''

STARTING TIME

Strasburg was announced Wednesday as Washington's opening-day starter. It will be his third straight opener.

''I hope my career isn't just reflected by how many opening-day starts I have,'' he said. ''I think there are a lot of guys in this rotation that deserve it. I'm just the first one out.''

Scherzer has walked just one batter in 20 innings during the exhibition season.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals reliever Ryan Mattheus pitched a scoreless inning in his first appearance of spring training. Mattheus had been out with inflammation of the cartilage in his chest.

Though Matt Williams was happy with what he saw Thursday, he admitted there may not be enough time to get Mattheus ready for the opener.

Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez threw on flat ground Thursday and reported no issues with his shoulder. He is to throw a bullpen session Saturday, and if all goes well, he will return to the mound on Monday against Miami. Sanchez was scratched from Monday's scheduled start because of inflammation in his right shoulder.

Outfielder Rajai Davis (hamstring) is expected back in the lineup Friday.

NATIONALS MAKE MORE CUTS

The Nationals optioned infielder Zach Walters, right-hander Christian Garcia, right-hander Ross Ohlendorf and catcher Jhonaton Solano to Triple-A Syracuse. Washington also reassigned right-hander Manny Delcarmen, frst baseman Brock Peterson and infielder Will Rhymes to their minor league camp.

 
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Players of the Game
Washington

S. Strasburg
IP 5.0
H 3
ER 0
BB 1
K 5
Detroit

V. Martinez
AB 3
R 0
H 1
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Detroit Tigers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4010001 .325
   Curt Powell, 2B0000000 .000
Tyler Collins, LF3000112 .286
Victor Martinez, 1B3011000 .311
   Dominic Ficociello, PR-1B1000000 .000
Don Kelly, RF3000112 .324
Alex Avila, C3000023 .286
   Craig Albernaz, C1000000 .200
Austin Jackson, CF3010000 .450
   Ezequiel Carrera, CF0000000 .200
Nick Castellanos, 3B3010012 .396
   Kevin Russo, 3B00000001.000
Trevor Crowe, DH3000023 .161
Danny Worth, SS3110011 .333
Max Scherzer, P0000000 .000
   Luke Putkonen, P0000000 .000
   Blaine Hardy, P0000000 .000
   Zac Reininger, P0000000 .000
Totals3015128  
Batting
2B - Austin Jackson (3, Strasburg), Danny Worth (5, Storen)
RBI - Victor Martinez (7)
CS - Nick Castellanos (2, 2nd base by Strasburg/Ramos)
Team LOB - 4
Detroit Tigers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Max Scherzer (L,3-2) 5.2755081 4.05
Luke Putkonen 1.1000010 0.00
Blaine Hardy 0.1333110 2.61
Zac Reininger 0.2000000 0.00
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 4-5, Zac Reininger 1-1
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 24, Luke Putkonen 4, Blaine Hardy 5, Zac Reininger 2
Washington Nationals
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Denard Span, CF4111010 .324
   Rafael Bautista, CF0000000 .000
Ian Desmond, SS3112010 .241
   Jamey Carroll, SS1110000 .240
Jayson Werth, RF3020010 .333
   Jeff Kobernus, PR-LF0200100 .269
Ryan Zimmerman, 3B3111011 .300
   Anthony Rendon, 3B1111000 .344
Bryce Harper, LF3000021 .167
   Brandon Miller, RF1000012 .000
Wilson Ramos, C2000020 .355
   Jose Lobaton, C2023000 .143
Adam LaRoche, 1B3000001 .265
   Tyler Moore, 1B1000001 .293
Danny Espinosa, 2B3110010 .200
   David Masters, 2B1000001 .000
Stephen Strasburg, P0000000 .000
   a-Chris Snyder, PH1000000 .313
   Drew Storen, P0000000 .000
   Ryan Mattheus, P0000000 .000
   b-Scott Hairston, PH1000000 .200
   Mike Gonzalez, P0000000 .000
   Jerry Blevins, P0000000 .000
Totals338108110  
a-flied out for Strasburg in the 5th
b-fouled out for Mattheus in the 7th
Batting
2B - Jayson Werth (1, Scherzer), Jose Lobaton (1, Hardy)
3B - Ryan Zimmerman (1, Scherzer)
HR - Ian Desmond (3, Scherzer)
SH - Stephen Strasburg (1)
RBI - Denard Span (2), Ian Desmond 2 (5), Ryan Zimmerman (4), Anthony Rendon (6), Jose Lobaton 3 (3)
2-OUT RBI - Jose Lobaton (1)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
DP - Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche, Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche-Desmond-Espinosa-LaRoche
E - Denard Span (2, Dropped fly)
Washington Nationals
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Stephen Strasburg (W,3-0) 5300150 0.64
Drew Storen (H,3) 1211100 7.20
Ryan Mattheus (H,1) 1000010 0.00
Mike Gonzalez (H,1) 1000020 9.00
Jerry Blevins 1000000 1.29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Stephen Strasburg 5-3, Drew Storen 2-1, Ryan Mattheus 1-1, Mike Gonzalez 1-0, Jerry Blevins 1-2
Batters Faced - Stephen Strasburg 17, Drew Storen 6, Ryan Mattheus 3, Mike Gonzalez 3, Jerry Blevins 3
Game Information
Attendance - 7205
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Clint Fagan, First Base - Gary Cederstrom, Second Base - Hunter Wendelstedt, Third Base - Greg Gibson