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Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) scratches his head as he talks with shortstop Ian Desmond during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Chicago. Shortly after the conversation Zimmermann gave up a three-run home run to the Cubs' Dioner Navarro. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Photo by: Charles Rex Arbogast
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann (27) scratches his head as he talks with shortstop Ian Desmond during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, in Chicago. Shortly after the conversation Zimmermann gave up a three-run home run to the Cubs' Dioner Navarro. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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