• Johnson said he's been watching video of demoted reliever Drew Storen's appearances for Syracuse. Storen has scrapped his usual delivery -- which features a stiff front leg -- in favor of one in which he brings his leg up and puts it down. Johnson said Storen showed improvement in his third appearance on Wednesday, when he gave up one run and struck out two over 1 1/3 innings.
"First two outings weren't too good, third outing was a lot better," Johnson said. "He was quicker to the plate, his location was better, stuff was better. He gave up a home run on a changeup, his third-best pitch, but everyone felt like they like where he's at."
• Johnson was part of a team golf outing on Thursday and played with pitchers Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann. While Strasburg was smacking long drives, Johnson said he was hitting the ball a little further than Zimmermann.
"He wasn't real happy about that," Johnson joked. "He started swinging harder. I hope I didn't mess up his shoulder."
• The Nationals drew 27,831 fans to Friday night's game against the Phillies, pushing them past the 2-million mark in attendance for the season, in their 60th home game. That is the fastest the franchise has reached the 2-million mark since Nationals Park opened in 2009.
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