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RHP Tanner Roark's remarkable run continued on Friday night when he allowed just one earned run and three hits with a walk and six strikeouts to earn his 10th win. It was the 13th quality start for Roark, who was battling just to be in the Nats' rotation coming out of spring training. "He's been really efficient," said Nationals manager Matt Williams. "He's got the ability to throw any pitch in any count for strikes. He's continued to work hard, pitch well, and compete."

CF Denard Span has been on a tear the past month. But Nats manager Matt Williams doesn't see anything different in his approach at the plate. Span was batting .355 in 19 games entering Friday's action. "I don't notice any difference," Williams said. "I do see more base hits are going to left field. That's probably why is average is up. I think he takes the same approach every day, to battle and get on base for our team." Span went 4-for-5 with a RBI on Friday night.

3B Ryan Zimmerman is shut down for at least two weeks and is very early in his rehab process, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. "His plan right now is to just rest and not doing anything," Williams said. "For the next week or so, there's really going to be nothing ... He's going to be shut down for a while. It's too early. He pulled his hammy pretty good. It's pretty sore." Zimmerman was batting .282 with 19 doubles, five homers and 36 RBIs in 53 games.

2B Zach Walters made his first major league start at second base on Friday. "He felt more and more comfortable (at second)," said Nationals manager Matt Williams. "With Zim's (Ryan Zimmerman) loss, we needed a little more offense. He's been swinging it well." Walters played most of his games at Triple-A Syracuse at second and third, although he's a natural shortstop.