Whitney's big blast not enough for Nats

Whitney's big blast not enough for Nats

TIGERS 4, NATIONALS 3
at Viera, Fla.
Monday, March 10

Tigers at the plate: Ivan Rodriguez led off the game with a home run, while Miguel Cabrera connected with a solo shot in the fourth inning. Cabrera ended up going 2-for-3 with two RBIs in the game. Joe Bowen drove in the game-winning run with a single to left in the top of the ninth inning off Chris Schroder.

Nationals at the plate: Matt Whitney hit a three-run homer against right-hander Zach Miner in the eighth inning. Lastings Milledge was the only member of the Nationals to collect at least two hits in Monday's game.

Tigers on the mound: Right-handers Justin Verlander and Armando Galarraga pitched a combined six shutout innings.

Nationals on the mound: Left-hander John Lannan pitched 3 2/3 innings and gave up three runs on five hits. Right-hander Tyler Clippard pitched 3 1/3 innings without giving up a run.

Grapefruit League records: Tigers 8-5-1, Nationals 6-7-1.

Up next: The Nationals travel to Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Tuesday evening to play the Braves. Game time is at 7:05 p.m. ET. Washington right-hander John Patterson will face Atlanta left-hander Tom Glavine.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.