As for their lineup, Johnson went away from the Nationals’ typical double play combination. He rested second baseman Danny Espinosa because Espinosa typically falls into a slump for days after facing knuckleballing Mets starter R.A. Dickey. Johnson subbed Brian Bixler for Ian Desmond because, “I wanted to let Bixler know that I still think of him as a shortstop,” Johnson said. “I want him to still think like a middle infielder, not as a replacement in the outfield.”
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