Today, Johnson said, he won’t use Tyler Clippard, Henry Rodriguez or Ryan Mattheus, and if possible he’ll stay away from Sean Burnett, too. The Nationals need a strong, durable performance from starter Jason Marquis with a tattered relief corps. If not, Johnson said he would not be against using a position player in an emergency or a blowout – and he said Rick Ankiel, a former pitcher, might be his pick.

The Nationals begin a six-game stretch with the Astros and Dodgers, two of the worst teams in the National League. The Astros have the worst record in the majors, and so coming off a difficult series with Atlanta they have a chance to get back Sunday’s loss.

Talk about the game right here.