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Johnson is more than just a manager to Cora

Infielder Alex Cora is the only player on the Nationals’ current roster to play for new manager Dave Johnson.

As a member of the Dodgers, Cora played for Johnson in 1999 and 2000. Cora remembered Johnson as a great communicator with the players.

“He is a winner. He has always been around winning teams. It going to be good to have him here,” Cora said. “The organization have a plan in place and he is not going to deviate from that. He will ask the team to respect the game and play hard. And if we keep doing that, then we’ll are going to be fine.”

Cora’s best memory of Johnson has nothing to do with what he did on the field. He remembered Johnson as a caring person. Cora has heart procedures in November of 1999 and January of 2000.

When Spring Training started in ’00, Johnson was honest with Cora, telling him he wasn’t going to make the team out of Spring Training. Johnson wanted Cora to take it slow and get his body in shape.

“He sent me down for a month and once the Dodgers called me up, Davey gave me a shot to play,” Cora said. “I learned a lot from him and the veteran guys that we had.

“Davey trusts his veterans. He will trust that we will take care of these kids [on the Nationals]. I think it’s going to be a good situation.”

Nats’ Cora OK after bout with food poisoning

Nationals infielder Alex Cora entered Friday’s 4-0 loss to the D-backs as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. It was his first appearance since Wednesday, when he left the game in the fourth inning against the Phillies.

As it turned out, Cora had a bout with food poisoning after eating “bad oysters,” which caused Cora to have stomach problems.

Cora did not travel with the Nationals to Phoenix after the game, for he was still recovering from his stomach ailment. Cora joined the team right before Thursday’s game started against the D-backs, but was not available to play.

By Friday afternoon, Cora took batting practice and then came in as a pinch hitter against right-hander Josh Collmenter and popped up to second baseman Kelly Johnson.

Seventh inning key in Nats’ defeat

The Nationals had a chance to score at least the tying run in the seventh inning of a 5-4 loss to the Phillies at Nationals Park on Monday.

Down by that same score and Phillies right-hander Roy Halladay on the mound, Washington had Ian Desmond on first and Alex Cora on third with no outs. Rick Ankiel came to the plate for Washington and hit a ground ball to Phillies third baseman Placido Polanco. Cora broke for the plate and was caught in a rundown before being tagged out by Polanco.

Asked if Cora should have been running on contact, manager Jim Riggleman said, “No question. … If you don’t go, they turn two [the double play] on you and you are standing on third. So we are standing on third with two outs. … You have to go there.”

With only one out, the Nationals showed why they are one of the worst offensive teams in the Major Leagues. Danny Espinosa flied out to left field and Jayson Werth struck out swinging to end the inning.

Although Washington had Halladay on the ropes, Espinosa didn’t feel the team picked up a moral victory.

“A loss is a loss. It doesn’t feel any better,” Espinosa said.

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