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Davey Johnson says he's giving up his razor until the Washington Nationals find their bats. The manager apologized for his scraggly appearance before Friday's game against the Philadelphia Phillies, but he said it had a purpose. ''If my facial hair looks bad,'' he said, ''I decided I wouldn't shave until we started hitting.'' The Nationals are batting .225, second worst average in the majors. They are a popular favorite to make the World Series, but they were just one game over .500 entering the three-game series against the Phillies. They just returned from a West Coast road trip that included a four-game losing streak, the team's sixth shutout loss of the season, Bryce Harper's head-first collision with a wall and a broken hand for Ryan Mattheus after he punched his locker following a rough outing. While defense, relief pitching and intangibles have cost the Nationals, the lack of hitting has been the most glaring weakness this season. Only two teams have scored fewer than Was...
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