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Davey won’t tell La Russa how to pitch his guys

Jul 7, 2012, 6:56 PM EDT

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The Nationals are sending their two best pitchers to Tuesday’s MLB All-Star Game in Kansas City, Gio Gonzalez who has participated in the game before and Stephen Strasburg who will make his first appearance. Both pitchers are important to the team this year and beyond, but things are more complicated with Strasburg given his injury history and expected innings limit for this season. Davey Johnson said on Saturday, however, he has no plans to talk to National League manager Tony La Russa to tell him how to use his guys.

“The prudent thing is, the way I look at it is, give the guys with the most rest the most work,” he said. “Tony is a Hall of Fame manager, I’m sure he will be doing that.”

Johnson was unaware of the rules of the game as far as pitching, whether starting on a certain day excludes a pitcher from being used. He was also unsure of the amount of pitchers on the N.L. roster, a clear sign he wasn’t too worried about his players being called on in the game.

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  1. Firm Possession, My Gorsehacken Sofa - Jul 7, 2012 at 9:20 PM

    *RING***Yeah, Tony here.Tony, this is Davey Johnson. How's life on the outside?It's nice. Sleep late on the weekends. Watch the Weather Channel. I did miss this game.

  2. natsfan1a - Jul 8, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    That's great. Well, sir, if you happen to be a little rusty, I could give you a few pointers on match-ups.

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