at Viera, Fla.
Thursday, March 25
Tigers at the plate: The Tigers scored five runs in the top of the first inning. Adam Everett highlighted the scoring with a two-run double. Detroit added a run in the seventh and eighth innings off right-handers Miguel Batista and Tyler Walker, respectively.
Nationals at the plate: The Nationals scored their two runs in the fourth and fifth innings. Alberto Gonzalez scored the first run for Washington on an error by left fielder Johnny Damon. Adam Dunn scored on an RBI groundout by Gonzalez.
Tigers on the mound: Right-hander Jeremy Bonderman, who most likely will be in Detroit's rotation, lasted 4 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run. He struck out two batters and walked one.
Nationals on the mound: Right-hander J.D. Martin pitched five innings, gave up five runs on seven hits, struck out three batters and walked one. His only bad inning occurred in the first when he gave up the five runs.
Worth noting: Nyjer Morgan played in his first game since March 14 and went 2-for-3 with two stolen bases. Morgan missed the previous 10 games because of a right hamstring injury.
Grapefruit League records: Tigers 14-8; Nationals 5-16
Up next: The Nationals return to Space Coast Stadium to play an afternoon game against the Cardinals on Friday at 1:05 p.m. ET. Left-hander John Lannan will make his fourth start of the spring for Washington. He has given up one earned run in his last nine innings.
After Justin Verlander missed out on his last start with Sunday's rainout, he'll be back on the mound against big league competition and on national television Friday for a 1:05 p.m. ET matchup against the Braves at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex. Verlander will make the start opposite Dearborn, Mich., native Derek Lowe. Damon and Magglio Ordonez are among the Tigers regulars scheduled to make the trip. ESPN will have the broadcast.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.