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**FILE** Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson works with Washington Nationals batting coach Rick Eckstein during batting practice before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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**FILE** Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson works with Washington Nationals batting coach Rick Eckstein during batting practice before a baseball game against the Colorado Rockies at Nationals Park, Sunday, June 23, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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This is a 2013 photo of Rick Eckstein of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Nationals active roster as of Feb. 20, 2013 when this image was taken.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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This is a 2013 photo of Rick Eckstein of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Nationals active roster as of Feb. 20, 2013 when this image was taken.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, left, and batting coach Rick Eckstein chat during spring training baseball in Viera, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson, right, and batting coach Rick Eckstein watch players warm up during spring training baseball in Viera, Fla., Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013.(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Hitting coach Rick Eckstein, greeting Bryce Harper after a home run Sunday against the New York Mets, has watched the Nationals hit 132 homers in 122 games. They had 112 in the same number of games last season. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Hitting coach Rick Eckstein, greeting Bryce Harper after a home run Sunday against the New York Mets, has watched the Nationals hit 132 homers in 122 games. They had 112 in the same number of games last season. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) and Washington Nationals infielder Mark DeRosa (7) wait their turn for batting practice next to hitting coach Rick Eckstein (4) during spring training, Viera, Fla., Tuesday, February 28, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson watches batting practice with batting coach Rick Eckstein before a game against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim Calif., on Monday, June 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Christine Cotter)

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Danny Espinosa is one of several Washington Nationals players to turn to hitting coach Rick Eckstein to break a current slump. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)