- The Washington Times - Friday, March 20, 2009

LAKELAND, FLA. (AP) - Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland is ready for the World Baseball Classic to be over _ he needs his starters back.

Gary Sheffield, one of the regulars still in camp, homered in the Tigers’ 5-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Friday.

The Tigers have been playing without Armando Galarraga, Carlos Guillen, Miguel Cabrera and Magglio Ordonez, who are playing for Venezuela in the WBC. Curtis Granderson is with the United States team. Both teams advanced to the semifinals.

Nate Robertson, allowed two hits and struck out five in five innings.

Lastings Milledge returned to the Nationals’ lineup after a day off and 0-for-4. He bruised his knee in a collision in the ninth inning Wednesday and didn’t play Thursday.

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