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Nationals' Johnson: My Ouija board isn't working

Thursday - 7/4/2013, 11:29am  ET

Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson smiles in the dugout before the baseball game against the New York Mets at Citi Field on Sunday, June 30, 2013 in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Kmonicek)

AP Sports Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Davey Johnson is having problems with his Ouija board.

The Washington Nationals manager was in rare form Thursday before an 11 a.m. Fourth of July start against the Milwaukee Brewers, apparently having decided that humor was the best way to deal with the team's hitting woes.

He explained his decision to move Ian Desmond to the No. 2 spot in the batting order by saying: "I don't know. Because I'm supposed to do something. I had an epiphany last night about 9:30 and I called Desi, and I said, 'Desi, I'm changing something.'"

Johnson switched Desmond with Jayson Werth, who was moved down to sixth.

"I didn't even explain it to Werth," Johnson said. "He'll figure it out -- that I'm an idiot."

Johnson then started quoting old clich
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