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Nationals' Zimmermann no-hits Marlins

Nationals' Zimmermann no-hits Marlins

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- When Washington Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann headed to the bullpen to warm up for his start Sunday, bullpen coach Matt LeCroy did not notice anything different about the mild-mannered right-hander from tiny Auburndale, Wisc.

"He warmed up the way he normally warms up," former Washington catcher LeCroy said.

That was comforting news for the Nationals since the veteran had bruised his shoulder when he was hit by a line drive off the bat of Casey McGehee in his last start on Sept. 20 at Miami.

Zimmerman, 28, given three extra days of rest due to the bruise, turned in a dazzling tuneup for his postseason start as he threw the first...