- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 31, 2009

LAKELAND, FLA. (AP) - Dmitri Young, Austin Kearns and Justin Maxwell homered to help the Washington Nationals beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 on Tuesday.

Detroit released slugger Gary Sheffield before the game. Sheffield enters the 2009 season with 499 homers.

Rick Porcello, in the mix for one of two openings in the Tigers rotation, allowed an unearned run and two hits over five innings in his final spring appearance. He was hit just below his right rib cage by a line drive in the fourth but stayed in.

Maxwell hit a solo shot in the sixth, Young connected for a three-run drive in the seventh inning and Kearns added a two-run homer in the ninth.

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