Anibal turns spring around with dominant start

Right-hander strikes out six in five scoreless innings

Anibal turns spring around with dominant start

VIERA, Fla. -- Both starting pitchers, Washington's Gio Gonzalez and Detroit's Anibal Sanchez, turned in stellar starts during Thursday's game between the Nationals and Tigers at Space Coast Stadium, which ended in a 0-0 tie in 10 innings.

Sanchez, who was making his fourth start in the Grapefruit League, stifled the Nationals' offense through five innings. He surrendered just two hits and no walks and struck out six.

Sanchez had struggled a bit through his three previous starts, allowing six runs on nine hits in 8 1/3 innings.

Meanwhile, Gonzalez was just as sharp, holding the Tigers to two hits and a walk and striking out five in four innings. He's finally healthy after battling injuries throughout the past two seasons.

"There's a lot to be excited [about, a] lot to learn from this, but the most I'm taking out of this is how my arm feels," Gonzalez said. "It feels fantastic. I'm so excited about it."

Up Next: After four road games in the last five days, the Tigers return home to Lakeland on Friday to host the Yankees in a 1:05 p.m. ET contest at Joker Marchant Stadium. Tigers newcomer Alfredo Simon will be making his fourth start of the spring, as he looks to get back on track after allowing three runs over four innings his last time out. The right-hander had previously tossed five scoreless innings over his first two starts.

Jamal Collier is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.