"I thought that was the best he has thrown all spring. I thought he made some quality pitches, and the Tigers hit some pretty good pitches," Johnson said.
• Reliever Drew Storen had a much better outing Monday against the Tigers. He walked the first batter he faced in the eighth inning and then he ended up striking out the side.
"He worked a little quicker. He came in overthrowing, and then he started pitching," Johnson said.
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.