9:19, END: It’s over. Tigers win, 6-3. The Nats are now 5-4-2 this spring.
8:15, BOT 6: Jayson Werth greeted Tigers closer by smoking the first pitch he threw over the right field fence, an opposite-field home run. Werth has hit two home runs this spring, both on the first pitch. It’s 5-2, with Detwiler allowing one run in the fifth inning on three straight singles, one of which was a dribbler to third.
7:33, MID 4: Ross Detwiler got out of a bases loaded jam. After he induced a grounder and walked Austin Jackson, Detwiler struck out Andy Dirks looking at a fastball. Still 4-1.
7:26, TOP 4: The Nationals pulled Edwin Jackson after 64 pitches, as he had been slated to throw 70 or 75 in as many as five innings. Jackson walked the first two batters of the inning, the gave up a one-out single to Gerald Laird. Ross Detwiler replaces Jackson, who allowed two earned runs on five hits and two walks. It’s 4-1, Detroit.
7:10, BOT 3: Almost three innings into this one, the Nationals trail, 3-1, but they have the bases loaded with two outs for Wilson Ramos after walks by Mark DeRosa and Jayson Werth. Edwin Jackson should have had a nice, easy 1-2-3 first inning, but Jason Michaels lost a can of corn in the setting sun. Ryan Raburn followed with a home run to left, into the wind, the first runs Jackson had allowed all spring. Jackson also allowed a run in third on three straight singles. He has two strikeouts, both swinging.
The Nationals responded with a run in the bottom half of the first inning, a Ryan Zimmerman sac fly to deep right-center that drove in Ian Desmond, who led off with a first-pitch double high off the right-field fence. In the third, Zimmerman smacked another line drive to right-center gap, which has been wearing out all spring. His double made him 8 for 13 with six extra-base hits this spring.
PREGAME: The Nationals are playing the Tigers, who left their big hitters back in Lakeland. There’s no Prince Fielder or Miguel Cabrera, and no Justin Verlander this time, either. Duane Below. Austin Jackson is probably the best player who traveled to face Edwin Jackson, who’ll kick off the third time around the Nats’ spring rotation. The game is live on MASN. They make F.P. wear suits for this, so you really should tune in.