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Amanda Comak covers the Washington Nationals for The Washington Times.

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Nationals' left-hander Ross Detwiler turned in his third strong start of the season to lead the Nationals to a 6-1 victory over the Marlins, and his 0.90 ERA ranks as the sixth-best mark in the major leagues. (Associated Press photo)

Ross Detwiler still favored for 5th starter role

So with new starter Doug Fister on board, it appears the Nationals' rotation is set for 2014. Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Jordan Zimmermann all have spots locked up. But what about Ross Detwiler, who was limited to 13 starts in 2013 because of a back injury?

FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2013, file photo, Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Doug Fister throws against the Seattle Mariners during a baseball game in Detroit. The Tigers have traded Fister to the Washington Nationals for three players announced Monday, Dec. 2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Nats GM Mike Rizzo on new starter Doug Fister

The men on the field and the men in the offices were in agreement on new Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister. And when the scouts and statisticians are on the same page it makes life much easier for a general manager.

Matt Williams addresses the media after he is introduced as the new manager of the Washington Nationals baseball team during a news conference at Nationals Park, Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

New manager Matt Williams meets the Nats

The Nationals introduced new manager Matt Williams at a press conference on Friday at Nationals Park. The 17-year big-league veteran had plenty to say about his philosophy, his coaching staff and his new players.

A fond farewell, and a bit of thanks

While this space is usually reserved for news made by the Nationals, you'll have to grant me a momentary aside for a bit of personal news. This past week was my final one covering the Nationals for The Washington Times.

Washington National manager Davey Johnson waits in the dugout before a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013. Johnson announced earlier in the season that this would be his last year managing the Nationals. The Nationals organization paid tribute to Johnson before the game, presenting him with a video tribute and a crystal award.  (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Davey Johnson won't be in uniform for Nationals in spring training

For Davey Johnson, this is it. One more game in the Washington Nationals' dugout. One more day in which the words 'Nationals manager' will come before his name. And while Johnson seems to have made his peace with that, particularly this last week between the tributes and the official elimination from postseason contention, what his role will be going forward remains a question mark.

Tanner Roark starts season finale with youthful lineup behind him (UPDATED)

In the early afternoon on Saturday, Gio Gonzalez talked about the honor he'd get in starting the final game of manager Davey Johnson's tenure with the Nationals. But late Saturday night, with his personal milestone of 300 games over .500 for his career record secure, Johnson decided he'd let his left-hander sail into the offseason.

Washington Nationals' Chad Tracy, left, is congratulated by teammate Ian Desmond (20) as he returns to the dugout following his solo home run off Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Brandon McCarthy during the seventh inning of a baseball game on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ralph Freso)

Dan Haren, Nationals top Diamondbacks in season's penultimate game

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson walked from the visitors’ dugout up the tunnel to the clubhouse at Chase Field Saturday evening knowing there would be only one more time he’d get to do it. His veteran starting pitcher had penned a swan song worthy of his former-All-Star status and, though his closer made it interesting, the Nationals hung on for a 2-0 win over the Diamondbacks.