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Detwiler solid in final start before Classic


VIERA, Fla. -- Before heading off to the World Baseball Classic, Nationals left-hander Ross Detwiler pitched his last game for the Nationals and was solid in a 7-6 victory over the Cardinals. He pitched two innings, allowed a run on four hits with four strikeouts.

In the first inning, Detwiler allowed consecutive singles to Shane Robinson and Adron Chambers before striking out the side to end the threat.

The Cardinals scored their run off Detwiler in the second inning. With runners on first and second and nobody out, Justin Christian hit into a double play, but Tony Cruz scored on the play and tied the score at 1-1.

"I thought Det threw the ball really good. It was very tough out there -- windy, getting a feel for the ball," manager Davey Johnson said. "We were going to have him throw over 50 pitches and we managed to do that in two."

Detwiler is scheduled to pitch for Team USA on March 9.

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