Suzuki gets 10th straight start

Kurt Suzuki has told manager Davey Johnson in the past that he has no problem starting every single game.

Until the Nationals clinch the NL East title, Johnson is taking Suzuki up on his offer.

Suzuki's getting the start behind the plate for the 10th straight day, a very lengthy streak for a catcher. In the last nine games, Suzuki is batting .294 with a home run and seven RBIs, so Johnson doesn't want to go away from the hot hand. He'll stick with Suzuki until the Nats are able to lock up the division.

Johnson wants the Nats to clinch as soon as possible so that they can turn their attention to the postseason, but also so that he can rest some of his starters, Suzuki included.

The Nats will face Phillies righty Kyle Kendrick tonight. When they saw Kendrick last Wednesday, they touched him up for five runs on five hits over just two-plus innings.

For the Nats:

RF Jayson Werth
CF Bryce Harper
3B Ryan Zimmerman
1B Adam LaRoche
LF Michael Morse
SS Ian Desmond
2B Danny Espinosa
C Kurt Suzuki
P John Lannan

For the Phillies

3B Kevin Frandsen
CF John Mayberry
2B Chase Utley
C Carlos Ruiz
1B Ty Wigginton
RF Domonic Brown
LF Darin Ruf
SS Michael Martinez
P Kyle Kendrick

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