March 20, 2012; Port St Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi (1) makes a play during the spring training game against the New York Mets at Digital Domain Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
• Game Notes: Steve Lombardozzi, whose place on the Nationals' 2012 roster was all-but confirmed by the Nats' decision to re-assign infielder Andres Blanco to minor league camp this afternoon, started the nightcap of today's day/night split-squad doubleheader by taking Detroit Tigers' starter Max Scherzer to a 2-2 count before singling up the middle for a leadoff hit. Entering play today, Lombardozzi was 16 for 54 (.296/.316/.370) with a double, a HR (off CC Sabathia), two walks and seven K's in 22 games.
• Lombardozzi singled with one out in the third (2 for 2) after former Cubs' '07 4th Round pick Mitch Atkins (who pitched for Baltimore last year and signed as a FA with Washington in February) retired the first six Tigers he faced in order in his first two innings of work. Atkins struck Austin Jackson out to start his third inning of work, but gave up a one-out single by Andy Dirks (ending the no-hit bid), a one-out walk to Ryan Raburn and a two-out, 3-run monster HR to right field by Brennan Boesch, whose 6th HR of the Spring made it a 3-0 game after three innings in Lakeland, Florida's Joker Marchant Stadium.
• Make that 3 for 3, Steve Lombardozzi collected his third single in three at bats against Tigers' right-hander Max Scherzer, lining to left to bring Tim Pahuta around after the 28-year-old first baseman had doubled to start the frame. 3-1 game... and 3-2 when Lombardozzi scores from first on a Chad Tracy double into the right field corner.
• Nats' infield prospect Josh Johnson tied the game up at 3-3 with an RBI single in the 6th. Two on, one out for Lombardozzi in his fourth at bat. Max Scherzer was replaced by former Nats' right-hander Collin Balester, who popped Lombo up (3 for 4) and got a fly to left from Xavier Paul to record the final two outs of the sixth.
• Still tied in the 8th when Lombardozzi comes up for the fifth time with runners on second and third and one out. Tigers' right-hander Daniel Bennett walks Lombo to load the bases and Xavier Paul makes him pay with a two-run single to center that makes it a 5-3 game. Lombo 3 for 4 w/ 3 singles and an IBB.
• Tyler Clippard recorded one K in two scoreless innings in relief after Mitch Atkins' day was done. (Atkins' line: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 6 K's.) After Clippard, 27-year-old right-hander Josh Wilkie struck two of the three batters he faced out in a 1-2-3 inning. Wilkie came back out for the ninth and gave up a one-out walk before a 5-4-3 DP ended things. Nats win, 5-3 final.