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Ross Detwiler returned to the Nationals from the World Baseball Classic on Saturday and a day later is back on the mound facing a stiff test. He will face a nearly complete Detroit lineup that will include AL MVP Miguel Cabrera in Lakeland. The Nationals will send out a handful of their regulars, including Ian Desmond, but not all.

“They’ve got some of the best hitters in baseball,” Manager Davey Johnson said. “I didn’t want [Detwiler] to miss this experience. I know he’d been kinda tired of the travel. I know it doesn’t make it easier but I want to see him pitch and this is part of the learning process, too. We face these guys during the year.”


1. Danny Espinosa, 2B

2. Steve Lombardozzi, 3B

3. Bryce Harper, CF

4. Tyler Moore, RF

5. Ian Desmond, SS

6. Kurt Suzuki, C

7. Chad Tracy, DH

8. Chris Marrero, 1B

9. Micah Owings, LF



1. Austin Jackson, CF

2. Torii Hunter, RF

3. Miguel Cabrera, 3B

4. Prince Fielder, 1B

5. Victor Martinez, DH

6. Andy Dirks, LF

7. Omar Infante, 2B

8. Alex Avila, C

9. Danny Worth, SS