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             WASHINGTON -- Rather quiet morning here at Nationals Park. I see that Nationals manager Jim Riggleman has taken Nyjer Morgan out of the eighth spot and has him batting seventh. We'll see if Morgan comes up with a new way to insult the Marlins.

             Here's the latest in the continuing saga of Josh Johnson: he didn't throw off the mound to test his back and shoulder this morning, and manager Edwin Rodriguez said if he doesn't do so by Sunday, he probably won't be able to start on Wednesday, which is the tentative plan.

             "His back is kind of too tight," Rodriguez said. "If he's not 100 percent, we're not going to throw him out there."

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              Rodriguez said the Marlins' front office has told him "they like what they've seen so far" from him as manager, but have not given him any indication whether or not he'll be brought back next season.

              "I would have to think, yes, they would take me into consideration next year," Rodriguez said. "But they have given me no indication what's going to happen next year and, to be honest, I like it that way. I'd like to concentrate on what I'm trying to do here."

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            The Marlins have used 52 different players this season -- a team record.

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            LINEUPS:

            Marlins: 1. Emilio Bonifacio, 3b; 2. Logan Morrison, lf; 3. Hanley Ramirez, ss; 4. Dan Uggla, 2b; 5. Chad Tracy, 1b; 6. Mike Stanton, rf; 7. Cameron Maybin, cf; 8. Brad Davis, c; 9. Anibal Sanchez, p.

            Nationals: 1. Danny Espinosa, 2b; 2. Ian Desmond, ss; 3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3b; 4. Adam Dunn, 1b; 5. Roger Bernadina, lf; 6. Michael Morse, rf; 7. Nyjer Morgan, cf; 8. Wilson Ramos, c; 9. Jason Marquis, p.                               

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