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The Nationals vs. today's starter: RHP Josh Johnson

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The Nationals are looking to break their first losing streak of the young season and there’s no question that task is a tall one, considering they’ll be trying to do it against right-hander Josh Johnson.

Johnson, who is a dominant 7-0 with a 3.27 ERA in his career against the Nationals, threw six no-hit innings against the New York Mets in his first start of the season.

“(It) always is (tough against Johnson).” said first baseman Adam LaRoche. “He’s a rock-solid pitcher. That’s one where you’ve got to grind out your at-bats and try to push some runs across.”

With that in mind, here are the Nationals’ numbers against Johnson:

Ian Desmond: .200 AVG in 5 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 RBI, .200 OBP, .400 SLG, 3 K

Jayson Werth: .214 AVG in 14 at-bats, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .353 OBP, .214 SLG, 9 K

Ryan Zimmerman: .231 AVG in 26 at-bats, 2 RBI, 5 BB, .355 OBP, .231 SLG, 4 K

Adam LaRoche: .200 AVG in 15 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 3 BB, .368 OBP, .267 SLG, 7 K

Michael Morse: Never faced

Rick Ankiel: .273 AVG in 11 at-bats, 1 2B, 2 RBI, 3 BB, .429 OBP, .364 SLG, 4 K

Danny Espinosa: Never faced

Wilson Ramos: Never faced

John Lannan: 0-for-2 in 2 at-bats, 1 RBI, 1 K

Others:

Jerry Hairston Jr.: .286 AVG in 7 at-bats, 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, .286 OBP, .714 SLG, 2 K

Ivan Rodriguez: 0-for-3 in 3 at-bats

Lannan picked up the Nationals’ only win of the season in his first start of the year, a performance twice delayed by rain. He is 2-3 with a 5.34 ERA against the Marlins in seven career starts against them.

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Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak

Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals and comes to The Washington Times from the Cape Cod Times and after stints with MLB.com and the Amsterdam (N.Y.) Recorder. A Massachusetts native and 2008 graduate of Boston University, Amanda can be reached at acomak@washingtontimes.com and you can follow her on Twitter @acomak.

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