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**FILE** Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson (second from right) talks Feb. 29, 2012, with Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores (26) during spring training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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**FILE** Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson (second from right) talks Feb. 29, 2012, with Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores (26) during spring training at Space Coast Stadium in Viera, Fla. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores (26) talks to starting pitcher John Lannan (31) during the second inning, Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012, in Washington, DC. Washington Nationals lose to the Los Angeles Dodgers 6 to 7 in the second game of the doubleheader at National Park (Craig Bisacre/The Washington Times)

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Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores and the Nationals have held at least a share of first place in the National League East since May 22.

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Ian Desmond, Jesus Flores and the Nationals have held at least a share of first place in the National League East since May 22.

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Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores celebrates with closer Tyler Clippard after the Washington Nationals closed out a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores celebrates with closer Tyler Clippard after the Washington Nationals closed out a 4-1 win over the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Jesus Flores slams his bat in frustration, breaking it in two, after striking out to end the bottom of the ninth with the game tied at 3-3 during the Washington Nationals game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park, Washington D.C.,Tuesday, July 17, 2012. (Ryan M.L. Young/The Washington Times)

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Tyler Clippard (left), an All-Star set-up man in 2011, is perfect in four save opportunities since replacing Henry Rodriguez. Jesus Flores, who homered in Saturday's win, has become the everyday catcher with Wilson Ramos out for the season. Flores has had to overcome shoulder injuries that derailed his career for three seasons. (Associated Press)

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Catcher Jhonatan Solano was called up by the Nationals as insurance in the wake of injuries to Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores and Sandy Leon. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Catcher Jhonatan Solano was called up by the Nationals as insurance in the wake of injuries to Wilson Ramos, Jesus Flores and Sandy Leon. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington's Jesus Flores is batting .292 since starting catcher Wilson Ramos was injured May 12. (Associated Press)

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Washington's Jesus Flores is batting .292 since starting catcher Wilson Ramos was injured May 12. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores (26) poses for a portrait during photo day at spring training, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)ANDREW HARNIK/THE WASHINGTON TIMES Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores lost his starting job to Wilson Ramos when a shoulder injury took him away from the game for two years. This spring, after playing winter ball in his native Venezuela, Flores is showing his old form. "Even though I was playing [last year], I never felt I was losing the fear of throwing and doing too much stuff without worrying about my shoulder," he says. "This year is totally different."

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Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores (26) poses for a portrait during photo day at spring training, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals catcher Jesus Flores lost his starting job to Wilson Ramos when a shoulder injury took him away from the game for two years. This spring, after playing winter ball in his native Venezuela, Flores is showing his old form. "Even though I was playing [last year], I never felt I was losing the fear of throwing and doing too much stuff without worrying about my shoulder," he says. "This year is totally different." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Washington Nationals batter Jesus Flores (26) looks to home plate umpire Mark Carlson, left, as Flores strikes out with bases loaded in the eight inning of their baseball game Thursday, Sept. 1, 2011, at Turner Field in Atlanta, as Braves catcher Brian McCann waits behind the plate. Atlanta won the game 5-2.

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Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman is all smiles as he's greeted at home by Jesus Flores in the 10th inning. Zimmerman doubled to start the winning rally.