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• Scherzer seemingly mixed in more of the curveball he has been tinkering with this spring along with his slider and changeup Monday on his way to five innings of one-run ball. His lone blemish was an Adam LaRoche opposite-field home run off his fastball. He threw 50 of his 76 pitches for strikes.

• Before Prince Fielder hit the game-tying single off Soriano in a four-run seventh inning Monday, he drew an ovation from the Space Coast Stadium crowd earlier in the game for a diving tag on Jayson Werth after Werth rounded first base too far on his two-out single in the fourth. Torii Hunter gathered himself after Werth's fly ball tailed away from him, then threw to Fielder in cutoff position as Werth thought about taking second. Fielder dove toward the bag as Werth tried to slide back in. "Heckuva play," Leyland said

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