• Washington praised Michael Choice, who tied for the team lead in at-bats (61) in Spring Training and won the fourth outfielder job based on a .361 average, four homers and 15 RBIs: "We knew nothing about him. He came into camp, he worked hard, he got better and he continued to get better and put himself in a position to make this team. We'll see once Spring Training is over if he can maintain, because he certainly impressed a lot of people with the way he goes about his business."
• Washington said he'd use lefty Neal Cotts and righty Alexi Ogando as his seventh and eighth inning pitchers to set up new closer Joakim Soria, though not in any particular order. When Soria is not available, Washington will go with Jason Frasor in the seventh and Cotts and Ogando in the eighth and ninth, again in no particular order.
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