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• Johnson said Friday night Bryce Harper would get the day off Saturday, not because of the way he played Friday, but because he wanted to get Tyler Moore into the lineup against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley. Moore, left without a defined role with Werth back and a full complement of outfielders, hadn't started a game since Aug. 3.

• The D-backs designated left-hander Mike Zagurski for assignment after Friday's game and recalled Bryan Shaw, leaving them with an entirely right-handed bullpen. Washington had three left-handed hitters and a switch-hitter on its bench for Saturday's game.

"It doesn't impact us a whole lot, but certainly, he's going to have a hard time creating the matchups he wants with no left-handers," Johnson said, referring to D-backs manager Kurt Gibson.

• Steve Lombardozzi said after Friday's four-hit performance that he had made a concerted effort to be more aggressive at the plate, and it paid off. Johnson said Lombardozzi has been working on exactly that with hitting coach Rick Eckstein, trying to get the head of the bat out and hit the ball where it's pitched.

• Johnson had this to say Friday night about Morse's impressive opposite-field power and his three home runs in two days: "He's starting to look for hard stuff a little better, and he's starting to hit it out front. And when he does that and has full extension, the exhibition he's been putting on in BP the last couple days, he's losing more balls.

"I mean, they're not going in the seats, they're going in the concession stands."

• Johnson said Friday night Bryce Harper would get the day off Saturday, not because of the way he played Friday, but because he wanted to get Tyler Moore into the lineup against Arizona left-hander Wade Miley. Moore, left without a defined role with Werth back and a full complement of outfielders, hadn't started a game since Aug. 3.

• The D-backs designated left-hander Mike Zagurski for assignment after Friday's game and recalled Bryan Shaw, leaving them with an entirely right-handed bullpen. Washington had three left-handed hitters and a switch-hitter on its bench for Saturday's game.

"It doesn't impact us a whole lot, but certainly, he's going to have a hard time creating the matchups he wants with no left-handers," Johnson said, referring to D-backs manager Kurt Gibson.

• Steve Lombardozzi said after Friday's four-hit performance that he had made a concerted effort to be more aggressive at the plate, and it paid off. Johnson said Lombardozzi has been working on exactly that with hitting coach Rick Eckstein, trying to get the head of the bat out and hit the ball where it's pitched.

• Johnson had this to say Friday night about Morse's impressive opposite-field power and his three home runs in two days: "He's starting to look for hard stuff a little better, and he's starting to hit it out front. And when he does that and has full extension, the exhibition he's been putting on in BP the last couple days, he's losing more balls.

"I mean, they're not going in the seats, they're going in the concession stands."