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Wang signed a $4 million, incentive-laden deal this offseason to be a starter, and the Nationals had a hard time justifying using him any other way.

“Here’s a guy that’s been in pennant fights, too,” Johnson said. “He knows what the pressure’s all about. It’s a good opportunity for him and for us to have him be in the role he’s accustomed to, and that’s starting.

“Doesn’t lessen the fact that I think Detwiler’s one heck of a pitcher and has pitched exceptionally well, even to date. That’s it.”