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Tigers still showing interest in Nationals' Lannan

The Tigers are continuing to show interest in Nationals pitcher John Lannan, sources said.

Tigers people have suggested they believe they can find a fifth starter from amongst an impressive group of youngsters auditioning, but owner Mike ilitch's win-now attitude was exemplified by the late signing of star Prince Fielder for $214 million.

Lannan, who went 10-13 with a 3.70 ERA, has been on the block since the winter. The Nats may be slightly less inclined to deal him since Chien-Ming Wang's hamstrong injury, but they could employ Ross Detwiler, who has been impressive, as their fifth starter if they dealt Lannan. The Red Sox and Blue Jays are among other teams who are interested in a starting pitcher.

Detroit has four strong starters and has been holding an auition for the fifth spot, with youngsters Andy Oliver and Drew Smyly reported to be in front at times and Duane Below also part of the competition. Top prospect Jacob Turner has been set back by arm soreness this spring.
 
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