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Tigers 2, Nats 0

You were more than likely watching Michigan State roll to a victory over Marquette, or maybe you saw Duke get upset by the Virginia Commonwealth Rams tonight. Heck, maybe you were keeping an eye on Michigan's NIT run come to an end at the hands of Florida State (sorry Wolverines' fans).

It's also very probable that you weren't keeping tabs on the online play-by-play of the Tigers Spring Training game against the Nationals tonight at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.

** On a sidenote, Space Coast Stadium is the home of the Single-A affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers and the holder of the Florida State League's most fierce mascot: The Brevard County Manatees -- an FSL rival of the Lakeland Flying Tigers.

Tonight would see the cast of Detroit pitchers one-hit the Nats on their way to a 2-0 victory over a team that trotted out a few notable former Tigers -- a fact that Ian has discussed on this site over the past couple of days.

Justin Verlander, who was coming off a disastrous start against the Boston Red Sox last Saturday (you remember, the bench-clearing war of words?), pitched an amazing four innings in the start for the Tigers. In the outing JV gave up no runs on no hits while striking out one. Of the 12 outs for the Nats, nine were by ground-out.

Despite walking three Washington batters in only one inning of work, Zach Miner picked up his first win of Spring. Chad Durbin, Tim Byrdak, Yorman Bazardo and Dennis Tankersley also pitched for the Tigers in this game, with the four combining for four innings of work, striking out three and giving up the lone hit.

As for the former Tigers mentioned above, Robert Fick and Nook Logan combined to go 0-3 with two walks on the evening. Dmitri Young, our favorite overweight designated hitter, did not make an appearance.

Cameron Maybin upped his Spring batting average to an impressive .438 with a triple in his only at-bat. The hit provided one of the Tigers two runs in the game.

So, great bounce-back game for Mr. Verlander and a pretty impressive performance out of the rest of the Tigers pitchers tonight against Washington. Now, I know that everyone is excited about the beginning of March Madness, but how could you not get pumped up for a Spring Training four inning no-hit shutout by a Tigers' starting pitcher?


Something to check out before bed this evening: Gary Sheffield sat down with ESPN Page 2's Sam Alipour for a pretty good interview regarding his book release.