DENVER -- Before the Nationals began a four-game road series against the Rockies, manager Davey Johnson approached Adam LaRoche and told the 32-year-old first baseman he'd be taking a day off at some point during the week. LaRoche had the power to choose whom he wanted to face, and whether he wanted to play a day or night game. He knew he wanted to face hard-throwing Josh Outman -- who will pitch Thursday for the Rockies.
"He likes to hit fastballs," Johnson said.
He also knew he wanted to play Tuesday's night game. So it was determined that Wednesday would be a good day for rest. The fact that LaRoche recorded his first multi-HR game of the season on Tuesday night in a 12-5 win made it a bit more painful for Johnson to follow through on his pre-planned decision. "Anytime I have a conversation with [LaRoche], he just goes off," Johnson said. "I told him I'd give him [Wednesday] off and then he hits two home runs. But it's a lot easier to rest after that kind of day than after an 0-fer." Tyler Moore -- who also homered on Tuesday night -- moved from left field to first base and Mark DeRosa made his first start in left field since returning from the disabled list on Monday.