06/28/12 2:31 PM ET
Desmond not concerned with All-Star votes
By Trey Scott / MLB.com
Nats taking things one game at a time
DENVER -- The Nationals, who have not made the postseason since the franchise moved to Washington from Montreal, entered Thursday's game against the Rockies with the best record in the National League at 43-30."It's all nice and good, but it's not October," manager Davey Johnson said. "I'll take it one day at a time. We haven't accomplished anything, but we're moving in the right direction." Following Thursday's finale in Colorado, the Nats head off to Atlanta to face the Braves in a key division showdown. Atlanta entered play Thursday in second place in the NL East. The club then heads home for six games -- three against the surging San Francisco Giants, and three against the Rockies -- before the All-Star break.
Johnson sticks with Morse in Coors Field finale
DENVER -- Michael Morse, after notching two hits Wednesday night, was removed for a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. Manager Davey Johnson later found out Morse had a little tightness in his right hamstring, so the skipper arrived at the ballpark Thursday planning on giving Morse a day off from the starting lineup.But after reassurances from the Nationals' training staff and Morse, who missed the season's first 50 games with a strained right lat, Johnson decided to keep his slugger in the lineup. "If I had a broken thumb and a broken leg, I'd want to be in the lineup hitting in this ballpark," Johnson said.
Trey Scott is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.