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Johnson moved Rendon from second to seventh in the batting order to create a left-right-left-right-left top of the order consisting of Denard Span, Jayson Werth, Harper, Ryan Zimmerman and Adam LaRoche.

“It’s all about matchups late in the ballgame that you want to create,” Johnson said.

NOTES: Johnson said LHP Ross Detwiler had a good bullpen session Monday and is on pace to start Wednesday as scheduled. Detwiler had stiffness in his lower back after his last start. … The Nationals optioned RHP Erik Davis to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Harper.

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