Worth noting

• Johnson said he wouldn't shave until the team started hitting, but after three straight games of double-digit hits, he was asked Monday what would qualify as enough hitting to prompt a shave.

"Anything over five [runs] is fine," he said with a smile.

• Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein coached first base Monday in place of Tony Tarasco, who was excused from the game because of the birth of his child.

• On Monday, the Nationals secured outright waivers on Yunesky Maya, who was designated for assignment Friday. Maya was assigned to Triple-A Syracuse.

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashinNats. Tom Schad is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.