Nationals blanked by Tigers

Nationals blanked by Tigers

at Lakeland, Fla.
Saturday, March 25

Tigers at the plate: Placido Polanco went 2-for-4 with three RBIs. His two-out, two-run single opened the scoring in the second inning before his fourth-inning sacrifice fly plated Brandon Inge to extend Detroit's lead. Curtis Granderson had three hits, and Chris Shelton added a solo homer.

Nationals at the plate: Washington's offense mustered just two singles over the first six innings against Jeremy Bonderman and put only one runner in scoring position over that span. Catcher Alberto Castillo reached base twice on a walk and a hit-by-pitch.

Tigers on the mound: Bonderman enjoyed by far his strongest outing of the spring, scattering two hits over six scoreless innings with a walk and three strikeouts.

Nationals on the mound: Starter Tony Armas seemingly had recovered from a rough first two innings when he retired five consecutive batters. Shelton's home run ended that stretch, and a walk to Brandon Inge chased Armas from the game with one out in the fourth inning. Former Tiger Joey Eischen, former White Sox hurler Jon Rauch and Kevin Gryboski combined for four scoreless innings.

Grapefruit League records: Tigers 16-10-1; Nationals 7-18.

Up next: The Tigers take one more trip to Tampa's Legends Field, where they'll face the Yankees on Sunday at 1:15 p.m. ET. Nate Robertson will start and Joel Zumaya will pitch in relief. Chien-Ming Wang will make the start for New York.

The Nationals end their central Florida excursion to return to Viera on Sunday for a 1:05 p.m. game against the Astros at Space Coast Stadium. John Patterson, Gary Majewski and Mike Stanton are slated to pitch for Washington. Brandon Backe is Houston's scheduled starter.

Jason Beck is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.