Johnson actually said he sometimes prefers less work to more work. “I try to sit on that extra hitting,” Johnson said. “I’m allowing it right now. I’ve been known to call off workouts, call off hitting just to give them a break mentally. I think sometimes you can’t see the forest for the trees. I like the guys hungry to swing the bat.”

The Nationals, who have not scored more than five runs in a nine-inning game since June 21, will try to get their offense untracked against old friend Ramon Ortiz. Ross Detwiler will make his first start of the season.

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