- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Tigers 6, Nationals 5

LAKELAND, Fla. — Leading for most of the afternoon, Washington gave up one run in the eighth and three in the ninth in a loss to Detroit.

Rookie Levale Speigner was charged with all four runs and took the loss, but Chris Booker was on the mound when things fell apart in the ninth. Summoned from the bullpen with one out in the ninth, two runners on and the Nationals clinging to a 5-4 lead, Booker immediately walked Mark Haske on four pitches to load the bases. Timo Perez then hit a game-tying sacrifice fly, and Ryan Raburn followed with the game-winning single.

Washington scored all five of its runs in the fifth inning, highlighted by Cristian Guzman’s three-run homer off lefty Mike Maroth.

Starter Jason Bergmann overcame a shaky start to toss five effective innings. Speigner, who hadn’t allowed a run all spring, followed and finally succumbed in the eighth and ninth.



Horrible in the first, solid after that.

0.00 ERA (down)

Speigner finally gives up a run after 132/3 innings.

GUZIE (up)

Swinging a mean bat right now.

9-3 GROUNDOUT (up)

Snelling guns down Timo Perez.


.471 Batting average for Cristian Guzman this spring.

71 Years the Tigers have held spring training in Lakeland.


“This is my job. I’ve got to be ready to go when they call on me.”

— Reliever Chris Booker, who blew a ninth-inning lead yesterday


Today: vs. Mets in Viera, 7:05 p.m.

Tomorrow: vs. Orioles (ss) in Viera; vs. Marlins (ss) in Jupiter, 1:05 p.m.

Thursday: vs. Orioles in Columbus, Ohio, 4:05 p.m.

Friday: vs. Orioles in Norfolk, 2:05 p.m.

Saturday: vs. Orioles at RFK Stadium, 1:05 p.m.

Sunday: Workout at RFK Stadium

Monday: Opening Day vs. Marlins, 1:05 p.m.


Washington: Thunderstorms, 81 degrees.

Viera: Mostly sunny, 80 degrees.

Mark Zuckerman

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