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John Lannan could be just the answer when the time comes time for the Washington Nationals to shut down Stephen Strasburg. (AP photo)

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John Lannan could be just the answer when the time comes time for the Washington Nationals to shut down Stephen Strasburg. (AP photo)

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The Nationals on Tuesday demoted pitcher John Lannan to the minor leagues. They'll use Ross Detwiler in the fifth spot. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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The Nationals sent John Lannan to Triple-A and will now use Ross Detwiler in the rotation to begin the season. (Associated Press)

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John Lannan went into spring training in three-way battle with Chien-Ming Wang and Ross Detwiler for the No. 5 sport in the Nationals' rotation. (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals pitcher John Lannan throws against the New York Yankees during a spring training game in Viera, Fla., Thursday, March 15, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

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John Lannan of the Washington Nationals finished the year with a 10-13 record, 3.70 ERA and 1.46 WHIP. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan walks to the dugout after he was pulled from the baseball game against the Houston Astros during the third inning Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals left-hander John Lannan went into Wednesday night's game against Atlanta 3-0 with a 3.09 ERA this year against the Braves.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Chris Young is seen circling the bases after hitting a two-run homer against Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan in the sixth inning Thursday night.(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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associated press Nationals starter John Lannan has had to learn how to stay mentally focused and trust his best stuff.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals left-hander John Lannan was 2-5 in mid-May when he turned his season around. Now 8-8, he's seeking his first 10-win season.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan lasted three innings and gave up seven runs (one earned) in the Nats' 11-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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associated press After Sunday's win against the Rockies, Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan is 6-2 since May 27.

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Friday, July 22, 2011. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

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Washington Nationals' John Lannan recorded his first two hits of the season Saturday against the Atlanta Braves - driving in two runs on a second-inning single up the middle. The Nats won 5-2. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

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Washington Nationals starter John Lannan was struck in the face by a line drive off the bat of the Colorado Rockies' Ty Wigginton in the Nats' 3-2 loss. Immediate X-rays came back negative and Lannan was diagnosed with a nasal contusion. He was sent to the hospital for further evaluation. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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Washington Nationals pitcher John Lannan is taken out in the sixth inning of an interleague baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim Calif., on Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

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Washington Nationals starting pitcher John Lannan threw 5 2/3 innings and allowed one run against the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night in the Nats' 2-1 win. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Nationals left-hander John Lannan allowed no earned runs over 5 1/3 innings in Wednesday's 2-1 win.