Nationals fall, 2-1

END 9: It was a quick game here in Lakeland. Matt Skole drove in the only run on a sacrifice fly. Dan Haren looked better and sharper in his third start. Drew Storen threw well.

Storen impressive

END 5: Drew Storen was the first pitcher out of the bullpen in relief of Dan Haren and was impressive. He worked quickly, smoothly and fired 94 mph fastballs for strikeouts. He struck out two batters and got a groundout from Torii Hunter to end the fifth inning. It may have been Storen’s best inning of the spring.

Haren done

END 4: Dan Haren had a solid, and better, performance in his third start. His final line: four innings, five hits, two runs, two strikeouts and no walks. He tossed 61 pitches, 44 for strikes. He attacked hitters with his myriad of cutting pitches and location and was efficient. Tigers lead, 2-0.

Sharper for Haren

END 3: Dan Haren pitched a perfect 1-2-3 inning, mowing down the heart of the Tigers order: Torii Hunter, Victor Martinez and Prince Fielder. He is at 42 pitches through three innings and looked more comfortable on the mound than the previous frame. Rick Porcello, by the way, is dealing. Tigers up, 2-0.

Tigers take lead

END 2: The box score will reflect differently but two hits this inning weren’t on Dan Haren: Tyler Moore lost ball in sun and Chris Marrero missed ball within his reach at first base. Don Kelly’s RBI double down the right field line was the hardest hit ball of the inning. The Nationals have been unable to solve Rick Porcello so far. Tigers lead, 2-0.

Haren solid

END 1: Dan Haren threw his most efficient inning of the spring. He tossed eight pitches, seven of them for strikes, to notch three outs. He hovered around 89 to 90 on the stadium radar gun. Bryce Harper reached on a single in the top of the inning. Tie game, 0-0.


PREGAME: The Nationals make their first trip to Lakeland to face the Tigers, the defending AL champions. Dan Haren makes his third start of the spring. Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos start. The lineups.