ANAHEIM -- Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced before Tuesday's game against the Angels that Pat Corrales will be the team's new bench coach. He'll begin the job Friday at home against the Pirates.Washington's bench coach from 2007-08 and for part of the '09 season, Corrales has already been a consultant with the Nats, and he has nine years of managerial work under his belt. "He has been going around the Minor League system and here and has a great pedigree and will be a great addition," said Johnson. John McLaren resigned from the position after he was the team's interim manager in the aftermath of Jim Riggleman's departure. "Now I am not the oldest member of this team," Johnson said. "If anyone picks a fight with me, they will have to go through him."
Johnson consistent with Nationals' lineup
ANAHEIM -- After talking on Monday about keeping a consistent starting lineup, manager Davey Johnson did exactly that on Tuesday against the Angels.Managing in his second game with Washington, Johnson stayed with an identical lineup from Monday's game. Roger Bernadina stayed in the leadoff spot with Lance Nix in the four hole and Matt Stairs in the eight spot as the designated hitter. "If it fits good enough for one right-hander, it fits good enough for another," Johnson said, with the Angels sending Joel Pineiro on Tuesday one day after Ervin Santana. "I don't want them to think that just because we lose a ballgame that I don't have any faith in the lineup." Johnson even said that when the Nats face a left-hander, which won't be for at least four more games, the left-handed bat of Bernadina could still be at the top of the lineup.
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"I like what I am seeing out of Bernadina and his approach," Johnson said. "I'm looking for him to play against left-handers."When it comes to what the lineup will look like Friday when Washington squares off against the Pittsburgh Pirates at home, one thing will be certain -- no starting pitcher will be batting in the eighth spot. "I'm not saying you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but it is going to be hard to teach that one to me," said Johnson.
Nats catchers keeping runners at bay
ANAHEIM -- With Wilson Ramos and Ivan Rodriguez behind the plate this season, the Nationals have allowed would-be basestealers little success.Ramos and Rodriguez have combined to throw out a Major League-best 43 percent (22 of 51) of potential basestealers this season. Rodriguez has the better percentage, throwing out 45 percent (9 of 20), but Ramos isn't far behind, throwing out 42 percent (13 of 31). Behind the plate Monday, Ramos threw out Angels catcher Bobby Wilson in the fifth inning and was 1-for-3 on the night. Washington manager Davey Johnson believes both catchers have had success because of two specific reasons. "Our catchers are quick to second base and our pitchers are quick to home," Johnson said. "It takes a combination of both and they are great getting it down."
Quinn Roberts is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.