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Nats' skipper Johnson has history with Yanks

WASHINGTON -- Davey Johnson is plenty familiar with the Yankees after eight seasons in the American League East as a player and two as a manager. When he saw that he would face the Yankees and the rest of the division in Interleague Play this season with Washington, he was happy to accept the challenge.

"I have some good memories [against the Yankees]. I have some bad memories of a 12-year-old reaching over the [fence] and catching the ball," said Johnson, who managed the Orioles in the 1996 AL Championship Series, when Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier caught a fly ball in play and pulled it across the right-field fence for a home run.

Johnson entered Friday 12-18 in his career as a manager against the Yankees -- including a 4-1 series loss in that ALCS -- and said their lineup presents the toughest matchup challenges he has seen yet in Washington.

"I think our division or the American League East division is the best in baseball," Johnson said. "There's not going to be any let-up. It tests your merit."

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WAS Full Game Coverage HINGTON -- Davey Johnson is plenty familiar with the Yankees after eight seasons in the American League East as a player and two as a manager. When he saw that he would face the Yankees and the rest of the division in Interleague Play this season with Washington, he was happy to accept the challenge.

"I have some good memories [against the Yankees]. I have some bad memories of a 12-year-old reaching over the [fence] and catching the ball," said Johnson, who managed the Orioles in the 1996 AL Championship Series, when Yankees fan Jeffrey Maier caught a fly ball in play and pulled it across the right-field fence for a home run.

Johnson entered Friday 12-18 in his career as a manager against the Yankees -- including a 4-1 series loss in that ALCS -- and said their lineup presents the toughest matchup challenges he has seen yet in Washington.

"I think our division or the American League East division is the best in baseball," Johnson said. "There's not going to be any let-up. It tests your merit."

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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