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Recap: Tigers 5, Nationals 1
Line Movements    BT Movements
Game: 2
Venue: Joker Marchant Stadium
Date: March 18, 2013 1:05 PM EDT
  

VIERA, Fla. (AP) - Rafael Soriano had an outing to forget.

The Detroit Tigers rallied for four runs off Washington's new closer in the seventh inning and beat the Nationals 5-1 Monday.

Given a 1-0 lead, Soriano allowed five hits and a walk, retiring just two batters.

Torii Hunter led off with a single and pinch-runner Tyler Collins advanced on a 400-foot flyout by Miguel Cabrera that stayed in the ballpark because of a stiff breezes blowing from right to left.

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Collins then took third on a wild pitch and scored when Prince Fielder lined a soft single. Victor Martinez walked, Alex Avila singled in the go-ahead run, and Omar Infante and Ramon Santiago followed with RBI singles that chased Soriano.

``He threw me a fastball out on the middle of the plate,' Infante said. ``I was thinking slider, and expecting one, so I was ready for the fastball.'

Soriano has an 11.57 ERA in five spring training appearances, allowing six runs and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings.

Washington starter Jordan Zimmermann, throwing a hard sinker, gave up a leadoff single to Andy Dirks and then retired his next 18 batters.

``He had a good sinker and good slider,' Infante said. ``We knew he threw a sinker, but today it was really moving.'

Zimmermann got 12 of 18 outs on grounders.

``I had all four pitches working,' he said. ``It was one of those days when you have everything working and you can throw anything anytime you want. They don't come too often. It makes things a lot easier and I was keeping everything in the bottom of the zone and that's why I got all those groundballs.'

Zimmermann threw only 67 pitches, then went to the bullpen for 20 more.

``The other guys needed to get some work in,' he said.

Detroit starter Max Scherzer gave up five hits in five innings, including Adam LaRoche's home run in the fourth.

Washington's Wilson Ramos went 3 for 3.

NOTES: Washington released C Chris Snyder, who agreed to a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Angels. ... The Nationals optioned RHPs Ryan Perry, Erik Davis and Yunesky Maya to Triple-A Syracuse along with OF Corey Brown, C Jhonatan Solano and 1B Chris Marrero. The team also assigned INF Zach Walters and RHP Ross Ohlendorf to minor league camp ... Nationals manager Davey Johnson said it was important to explain to the players why they had been cut. ``We sent out some starters down to go get stretched out,' Johnson said. ``I talked to each one to let them know what I needed them to do. That conversation is important so they know what I think they're capable of doing.' ... Detroit manager Jim Leyland says there is ``no way' he's going north with 15 pitchers to compensate for his lack of middle or long relievers. ``We'll have somebody. We'll be OK,' Leyland said. ``It's been a topic of conversation, that's for sure.' ... Leyland went on talk about the value of left-handed relievers. His philosophy is simple. ``Left-handed relievers need to be able to get lefties out. If they can't, then there's no room for them on the team.'

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 SERIES AT A GLANCE
GAME 1
Nationals at Tigers
Sun, Mar 17 Final 12 to 10
 Recaps
GAME 2
Tigers at Nationals
Mon, Mar 18 Final 5 to 1
 Recaps

 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  +105   -170    
 WAS  -125   +150   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  +105       
 WAS  -125      
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   RUN   O/U 
 DET  n/a   n/a   n/a 
 WAS  n/a   n/a   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 MLB HEAD TO HEAD
 Mar 17, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 12 Cover: +125 
 DET 10 Over: 22 
 Tools:   Recaps
 Mar 10, 2013  Score  ATS Results 
 WAS 1 Over: 3 
 DET 2 Cover: +100 
 Tools:   Recaps

 MLB RECAPS
 Monday, Mar 18
 
    Marlins at Twins
1:05 PM EDT
    Phillies at Braves
1:05 PM EDT
    Tigers at Nationals
1:05 PM EDT
    Red Sox at Pirates
1:05 PM EDT
    Mets at Cardinals
1:05 PM EDT
    Brewers at Indians
4:05 PM EDT
    Mariners at Athletics
4:05 PM EDT
    Diamondbacks at Dodgers
4:05 PM EDT
    Cubs at Padres
4:05 PM EDT
    Royals at Rangers
9:05 PM EDT
    Reds at Rockies
10:10 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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