Bernadina reflects on friend’s death

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Bernadina wants his on-field actions, not words, to speak about his try to earn a spot. He just wants to play.

Once more, Bernadina tugs at the bag containing the baseball cards. He tries to push the sad memories away and replace them with positive ones.

“Every time,” Bernadina said, touching the bag, “I think about him.”

Notes: Chien-Ming Wang scattered three hits and struck out three over two innings of a minor league intrasquad game Monday afternoon. Twenty-four of Wang’s 31 pitches were strikes, as his fastball hit 91 mph and sat between 88 and 89 mph. “I even got a grin out of him,” Johnson said, pleased with the outing. “He’s pretty serious.”

• The Nationals will use a more recognizable lineup against the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday after relying on mainly minor leaguers and backups in Monday’s game at the New York Mets. Two exceptions are Chad Tracy starting at designated hitter and Brett Carroll in right field. Johnson likes Tracy’s bat and Carroll’s versatility.

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