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Cabrera among 5 Tigers to homer in 11-5 win over Nats


Cabrera among 5 Tigers to homer in 11-5 win over Nats

LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) -- As the innings wound down for the Detroit Tigers last fall, it seemed like all anyone wanted to do was play out the string. After four straight AL Central titles, the Tigers went 74-87 and finished last, skidding to a 14-17 finish.

They traded Yoenis Cespedes, David Price and Joakim Soria.

With the Tigers hoping to a rebound this year, ace Justin Verlander threw three scoreless innings in an 11-5 win over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.

Verlander hasn't allowed an earned run in five innings.

"We were out of it and all we could do was play for pride," Verlander said. "It was hard just going through the motions. Something wasn't there."

Tigers manager Brad Ausmus agreed.

"The last month of last year was tough," Ausmus said. "Some of our best players were traded and it got to where it was tough to get out of bed and roll to the ballpark."

But the Tigers fortified a shaky bullpen during the offseason and added Jordan Zimmerman.

"There is so much energy and we know we can get it back this year," Ausmus said. "We talked a lot about it and things feel different this year."

"There's a new vibe in this clubhouse," Verlander said. "It doesn't feel the same, it feels better. There was a bitter taste after last year and it's gone."


Nationals: Gio Gonzalez made his second start and allowed four runs and walked four in 2 2/3 innings.

"It's just something you have to get used to," Gonzalez said. "I'm still working on things. Sometimes you get hit and throw too many balls. Just one of those days."

Washington didn't help Gonzalez much by committing three errors -- all with two outs -- while the Tigers scored four runs. Gonzalez also threw a wild pitch.

"That was rough," new manager Dusty Baker said. "We can't give away that many outs. We asked for trouble and, in baseball, that's what you get when you ask for trouble. The Tigers have a powerful team and we just made them even more powerful."

Tigers: Ausmus said he is keeping a close watch on Verlander.

"He's getting his pitches in for strikes, but I have seen him better," Ausmus said. "I felt better but it was only the second start of the spring."


Tigers: OF Justin Upton had his left ankle stepped on by center fielder Anthony Gose while going after a short fly ball and was replaced in the second inning. Ausmus said there were no stitches and it was a precautionary measure.


Nationals: Non-roster RHP Bronson Arroyo is slated to make his second appearance on Thursday in Viera against Houston. Arroyo has pitched two innings and surrendered two runs.

Tigers: Zimmerman is to start against Philadelphia in Clearwater.

[RELATED: Nats' Taylor presents intriguing potential as 4th outfielder]

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.