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Tigers Edge Nationals 4-3

VIERA, Fla. (97.1 The Ticket/AP)  – Drew Smyly went five strong innings and the Detroit Tigers beat the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday.

Smyly’s outing was in sharp contrast to his previous start when he was knocked around by the Nationals. Friday he retired the first 10 batters he faced.

Stephen Strasburg stayed on the mound after a liner went off his left hand, pitching six innings in the Washington Nationals’ 4-3 loss to the Detroit Tigers on Friday.

The 24-year-old right-hander was struck by a ball hit by Prince Fielder in the top of the fourth inning. After shaking off the injury and being cleared by team trainers, he struck out two of the next three batters.

Strasburg, making his sixth spring start, gave up three runs and seven hits. One of the hits was a solo home run by Matt Tuiasosopo.

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