On June 23, in Baltimore, Manager Davey Johnson was forced into a conclusion regarding the role of Tyler Clippard. In 13 1/3 innings as the closer, Clippard had allowed one hit, no runs and struck out 13. “The way he’s going I can’t see going to somebody else,” Johnson said then. The Nationals had not wanted to give Drew Storen’s old job to Clippard, but he took it. His performance decided for them.
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