Washington Nationals manager Davey Johnson vowed not to shave until his team's bats heated up. After the Nationals' best offensive performance in six weeks, he plans to keep his scruffy look a bit longer.
Jordan Zimmermann looks to be the first in the major leagues to nine victories as Washington visits the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday night.
Washington totaled nine runs while dropping four of five from May 18-22, prompting Johnson to tell his team before Friday's game in Philadelphia that he would not shave until it started hitting.
The Nationals (27-25) have scored 25 runs in the five games since while finishing with at least 10 hits four times, including a 9-3 win over Baltimore on Tuesday. Now it appears their manager won't shave for fear of jinxing the hot hitting.
''Maybe (the beard) is working,'' Johnson said. "I can't shave right now."
Adam LaRoche homered twice while Tyler Moore and Roger Bernadina also hit home runs for Washington, which posted its highest run total...