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Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard reacts to Roger Bernadina’s diving grab in the bottom of the 12th inning that secured a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. Third base coach Bo Porter called it the “catch of the year.” (Associated Press)

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Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard reacts to Roger Bernadina’s diving grab in the bottom of the 12th inning that secured a 3-2 victory Wednesday night. Third base coach Bo Porter called it the “catch of the year.” (Associated Press)

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Washington Nationals closer Tyler Clippard reacts as a Houston Astros' Brett Wallace fly ball to deep center field is caught to end the game with a 3-2 win in 12 innings of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Washington Nationals closer Tyler Clippard reacts as a Houston Astros' Brett Wallace fly ball to deep center field is caught to end the game with a 3-2 win in 12 innings of a baseball game Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

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Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard sits alone in the dugout after his wild pitch allowed the winning run in the top of the ninth inning. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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The Nationals' Tyler Clippard has struck out six of the 11 batters he's faced since inheriting the closer's role. (Associated Press)

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The Nationals' Tyler Clippard has struck out six of the 11 batters he's faced since inheriting the closer's role. (Associated Press)

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The Nationals' Tyler Clippard has struck out six of the 11 batters he's faced since inheriting the closer's role. (Associated Press)

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The Nationals' next closer likely will come from among Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen and Sean Burnett. Clippard was an All-Star in the set-up role last season, Stammen is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA and Burnett has 10 career saves. Henry Rodriguez lost the job after a series of wild outings. (Associated Press)

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The Nationals' next closer likely will come from among Tyler Clippard, Craig Stammen and Sean Burnett. Clippard was an All-Star in the set-up role last season, Stammen is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA and Burnett has 10 career saves. Henry Rodriguez lost the job after a series of wild outings. (Associated Press)

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San Diego Padres pinch hitter Mark Kotsay hits a two-run double off of Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning Thursday in San Diego. The Nats lost 2-1. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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San Diego Padres pinch hitter Mark Kotsay hits a two-run double off of Washington Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning Thursday in San Diego. The Nats lost 2-1. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard (36) shows his emotion as he walks back to the dugout after the eighth inning. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Washington Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard delivers in the top of the eighth inning against the Cincinnati Reds during the Nationals' home opener. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Tyler Clippard was converted to a reliever in 2009. Two seasons later he was named to the National League All-Star team. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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National League's Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals pitches during the fourth inning of the MLB All-Star Game on Tuesday. Clippard earned the win in relief as the National League beat the American League 5-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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This is a 2011 photo of Tyler Clippard of the Washington Nationals baseball team. This image reflects the Washington Nationals active roster as of Feb. 25, 2011 when this image was taken.†(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

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Nationals set-up man Tyler Clippard's unique arm angle allows him to blow fastballs past hitters with regularity. His 63 strikeouts are second among all relievers. (Associated Press)

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associated press Nationals reliever Tyler Clippard was named Sunday to his first all-star team. Clippard has a 1.96 ERA in 37 appearances.

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associated press Nationals relief pitcher Tyler Clippard walks back to the dugout after getting Chicago's Paul Konerko to fly out Sunday to end the seventh inning .