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Nationals option John Lannan

Updated: April 3, 2012, 8:29 PM ET
Associated Press

WASHINGTON -- John Lannan's salary is $5 million, and he started on Opening Day for the Washington Nationals in 2009 and 2010. This season, the left-hander will be at Triple-A Syracuse for Game 1.

In a completely unexpected move, the Nationals optioned Lannan to the minors and shifted lefty Ross Detwiler from the bullpen to the starting rotation. The decision was announced after Washington's 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday, two days before the Nationals begin their season at the ...

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