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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list Sa

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back. Mathieu Debuchy Jersey . The move is retroactive to March 23. The Nationals made the announcement in finalizing their opening day roster after their scheduled exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled because of rain. Fister will be shut down for five days before resuming his rehabilitation. The right-hander, obtained in an off-season trade with Detroit, is expected to miss anywhere from three weeks to 30 days, manager Matt Williams said. Taylor Jordan takes over the No. 5 spot in Washingtons rotation. After a morning of light rain, with heavier rain forecast later in the afternoon, the game was called at its scheduled 2 p.m. start time. It was to be the final exhibition game for both teams. Detroit begins the season Monday at home against the Kansas City Royals. Washington travels to New York for its opener Monday against the Mets. STARTING TIME The scheduled starting pitchers Saturday were Anibal Sanchez for the Tigers, and Tanner Roark for Washington. Sanchez, slotted to pitch Thursday against the Royals, will throw a simulated game Sunday in Detroit, according to manager Brad Ausmus. Instead of the 80-85 pitches Sanchez was set to throw Saturday, he will likely throw 50 on Sunday in the simulated game. Williams said Roark, who is slated to pitch the teams home opener Friday against the Braves, would throw a "heavy bullpen" on Saturday. Hector Bellerin Jersey .J. -- Kevin Gilbride retired Thursday as offensive co-ordinator for the New York Giants. Santi Cazorla Jersey . -- Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale searched more than three quarters for five guys who would play well together. http://www.arsenalsoccerpro.com/Authenti...al-Jersey/ . Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks were proof of that on Wednesday night.SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- A day after learning what it felt like to be humbled, No. 10 Virginia Commonwealth learned how to benefit from the experience. After being virtually beaten at its own fast-paced style in a loss to Florida State, the 10th-ranked Rams found a way to win with their late-game toughness in a 73-67 victory over Long Beach State in the consolation bracket of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. Rob Brandenberg scored 19 points and helped ignite a rally that proved to be too much for a 49ers team that lost its fifth straight game. The Rams (4-1) trailed by eight early in the second half before reeling off that 13-0 run to take back control. "I was just trying to stay aggressive and just try and help my team any way I can," Brandenberg said of the spurt. "I realize that we had to play with some urgency at that time. It worked out." The victory earned the Rams a matchup Sunday with Georgetown, the team it beat in the second round of the 2011 NCAA tournament to first land VCUs program on the national stage. VCU had four players in double figures, including Juvonte Reddic with17 points and 10 rebounds, and Briante Webber with 15 points. Rams coach Shaka Smart called it a "hard-fought win." "I thought we responded well," Smart said. "Last night was a humbling game. And thats a good thing. Losing not a good thing, but its good to be humbled because it reminds you that you have a long way to go and we have to get better. " Long Beach State handled VCUs pressure well at times, committing only 10 turnovers. But it shot just 7 of 19 on 3-pointers. It was the first of VCUs five opponents this season that didnt have at least 20 giveaways. Branford Jones led Long Beach State (1-5) with 19 points and Mike Caffey added 15. But where VCUS defensive pressure failed it in the first half, the Rams began to succeed in speeding up the 49ers in the final 20 minutes of the game. Wojciech Szczesny Jersey. It didnt always produce turnovers, but it did force Long Beach State into quick shots. A string of misses triggered the 13-0 spurt that put the Rams up 55-50 with under 12 minutes to play. Long Beach State coach Dan Monson said it was a run they didnt have an answer for. "I thought we controlled the tempo and were able to dictate the tempo for 35 minutes," Monson said. "Thats all it took, just that two or three minutes against a team that dangerous, that explosive. Our margin for error was very small and we used it in that three-minute thing and we couldnt get a rebound or that next play to get us back in it." Long Beach State got the lead back at 58-57 on a 3-pointer by A.J. Spencer, but another quick burst by the Rams put them back in front 68-60 with 2:45 remaining. A 3-pointer from the wing by Jones and another 3 by Caffey with 16.5 seconds left cut it to 72-67. Long Beach State was aggressive in the opening 20 minutes and led 36-35 at the break. Both teams were up and down the floor in a half that featured nine ties and eight lead changes. The 49ers werent intimidated by the Rams pressure and turned it over only three times. VCU was shakier with the ball with six giveaways. The Rams were just 14 for 31 from the field, but had five 3s to keep pace. Smart said he likes the direction his team is trending in during its stay in San Juan. "Our guys are only human and theres been a lot of things said about them the last couple of months. Then they get that little number next to their name," he said. "But theres a process that goes into winning and theres a process into getting better. And I think last night reminded us of that. "The way we responded tonight was pretty good." 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