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Good tune-up for Detwiler

Feb 26, 2013, 10:18 PM EDT

Associated Press
Ross Detwiler allowed two runs in three innings this afternoon.

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Knowing he only gets to make two Grapefruit League starts before he appears in a competitive ballgame in the World Baseball Classic, Ross Detwiler had to take a slightly different approach to his first exhibition outing than other members of the Nationals rotation might.

“I was just in a competitive game,” Detwiler said after facing the Braves for 2 2/3 innings. “You saw the lineup they put out there today. I could’ve been embarrassed pretty easily. I think this helped me out a lot, seeing a lot of their top guys. It makes you focus on keeping the ball down, because any one of these guys can hit the ball a mile.”

If Detwiler was looking for a good tune-up for his scheduled March 9 appearance in the WBC, he couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity: A Feb. 26 start against an Atlanta lineup featuring six regulars, including Jason Heyward, Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and both Upton brothers.

And the left-hander certainly was happy with the results, especially his first two innings, which required only 29 pitches to complete. During that time, Detwiler showed off several knee-buckling
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  1. SonnyG10 - Feb 26, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Way to go Ross. You're going to be a valuable piece of our rotation this season.

  2. baseballswami - Feb 26, 2013 at 11:15 PM

    His whole demeanor has changed in the last year. Who is this confident, articulate young man?? I like the way he carries himself, but mostly I like the way he pitches!!!

  3. SCNatsFan - Feb 27, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Sonny I agree… He can put up some great numbers for this team this year

  4. BigCat - Feb 27, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    Yep, I had written him off back in 2008-9. A Bowden bust. He has that late life on his fastball and his location is MUCH better. They talk about his changing his mechanics, that he no longer throws across his body. Thats bunk, his motion is the same. And anyone who has played baseball at a high level will tell you that you just don't get into big league camp and start changing your motion. Tweak it a little? Yes. But to change your landing foot 3-4 inches…..no. I'll bet if you talked to Det he would tell you it is something as simple as holding his fastball with the seams as opposed to across them….hence, a 2 seamer as they call it today

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