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Zimmermann has full arsenal against Tigers

Zimmermann has full arsenal against Tigers

VIERA, Fla. -- Nationals right-hander Jordan Zimmermann had his best outing of the spring during a 5-1 loss to the Tigers at Space Coast Stadium on Monday afternoon.

Zimmermann pitched a team-high six innings, allowing one hit and striking out one batter. After Andy Dirks led off the game with a single, Zimmermann retired 18 straight batters and had 14 ground-ball outs. Zimmermann threw 67 pitches, 48 strikes, and then went to the bullpen and threw 20 more pitches.

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"I had all four pitches working," Zimmermann said "It's one of those days when you have everything working. You can locate anything that you want. They don't come by often, I will say that. When you have everything working, it's a lot easier. I was keeping everything in the bottom of the zone. That's why I was able to get all the ground balls."

Zimmermann is developing a changeup, and the Tigers were getting weak ground balls on the pitch. He threw the pitch while the hitter was ahead in the count.

"If you throw a first-pitch fastball for a ball, you can comeback with that changeup, and if you can locate it, it's definitely a good weapon to have," Zimmermann said.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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