at Lakeland, Fla.
Monday, March 26 Nationals at the plate: Cristian Guzman's three-run homer punctuated a five-run, five-hit fifth inning. Dmitri Young, Kory Casto and Robert Fick hit consecutive singles to lead off the inning. Guzman added a single in the seventh. Tigers at the plate: Ivan Rodriguez doubled twice, including a leadoff shot to the left-field wall in the first inning before scoring on an error. Placido Polanco went 2-for-3 with a pair of singles. Timo Perez was denied a single when Chris Snelling threw him out from right field.
The Nationals return to Viera, Fla., to host the Mets in a 7:05 p.m. contest on Tuesday. Jerome Williams will start against Oliver Perez.
Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.