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Reds honor Nats' Davey Johnson for '95 title

Friday - 4/5/2013, 5:48pm  ET

Washington Nationals starting pitcher Gio Gonzalez, left, walks off the field with manager Davey Johnson after a baseball game against the Miami Marlins at Nationals Park on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Washington. Gonzalez hit a solo home run, and gave up two hits in the six innings he pitched as the Nationals won 3-0. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

JOE KAY
AP Baseball Writer

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson is being honored for something he did in Cincinnati 18 years ago.

Johnson led the Reds to a division title in 1995 and the NL championship series, where they were swept by Atlanta. Former owner Marge Schott decided to replace Johnson with Ray Knight after the season.

The Reds wouldn't win another division title until 2010, when they won the first of their two NL Central championships under Dusty Baker.

The Reds will honor Johnson with a gift on the field before their game Saturday at Great American Ball Park. It's the second game of a weekend series matching the NL's top two teams from last season. The Nationals won 98 games, the Reds 97.

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