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“It’s certainly the way I feel I’m capable of playing,” said Zimmerman, who raised his average from .258 to .274 during the last week. “Nobody wants to not play up to their ability, but it’s a long season, and it’s a hard game. You can’t do it all year.”

Extra bases

Shortstop Felipe Lopez was out of the Nationals’ lineup with tendinitis in his right knee. His status remains day-to-day. With Lopez on the bench, Nook Logan hit leadoff for the first time since July 17. …

Right-hander Jerome Williams, a member of Washington’s Opening Day rotation, was released from Class AA Harrisburg after going 0-3 with a 9.08 ERA in 14 appearances (four starts).