Drew Smyly, a strong setup man in the Tigers’ bullpen, moves back into the starting rotation.
Gio Gonzalez (7-4) gave up 10 runs — one short of his career high — and 11 hits over 3 1-3 innings in the Nationals’ devastating 11-1 loss to the Tigers Wednesday.
Alex Avila and Torii Hunter hit homers in a five-run second inning and the Detroit Tigers scored five more runs in the fourth inning of an 11-1 rout of the Washington Nationals on Wednesday.
Stephen Strasburg will make his first regular season appearance against Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera and the Detroit Tigers, as the Nats try to keep the surge going after winning four of their last five games.
Ryan Mattheus, Drew Storen and Rafael Soriano combined for shutout relief after Dan Haren nearly squandered a four-run lead, and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 5-4 Thursday to complete a two-game sweep of the AL champions.
Bryce Harper hit a solo homer and drove in another run with a sacrifice fly, Jordan Zimmermann won his NL-leading sixth game and the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 Wednesday night.
Tuesday’s Nats-Tigers matchup scheduled to begin at 7:05 p.m. at Nationals Park has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 9 at 4:05 p.m. due to inclement weather.
Defending American League champion Detroit visits the up-and-down Nats for a pair of games the next two nights, a rare occurrence despite the newfound prevalence of interleague play.
With opening day only two weeks away, Detroit Tigers starter Drew Smyly might have picked the wrong time to go into a slump.
The 22-year-old right-hander dominated three levels of the minors last year, earning Detroit’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.