NATIONALS: Right fielder Jayson Werth is fine with manager Davey Johnson’s plan to shuffle the lineup after the team dropped below .500 with its ninth loss in 12 games.
Even told Johnson he’d be OK moving out of his No. 2 slot in the batting order after Washington’s 4-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday completed a three-game sweep.
Something needs to change, Werth knows.
“We need to jumble it up, and we need to switch the ‘mojo’ a little bit,” Werth said.
RED SOX: Boston optioned right-hander Alfredo Aceves to Triple-A Pawtucket.
The Red Sox made the move one day after Aceves had a dismal outing in a 13-0 loss to the Athletics.
Aceves allowed eight runs, seven earned, and seven hits in 3⅓ innings.
• Neil Diamond is donating some of this week’s sales from Sweet Caroline after the tune became a source of comfort after the explosions at the Boston Marathon.
Sales from Diamond’s song are up by 597 percent, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. Diamond’s representative said the singer will donate the recent sales to marathon bombing victims.
The 1969 song makes no specific mention of Boston or the Red Sox, but the team started playing it regularly at Fenway Park more than a decade ago and fans took to it.
ALL-STAR GAME: Baseball’s best players will parade past Grand Central Terminal and a convention center will be transformed into a baseball-theme park as part of the festivities for the first All-Star Game at the Mets’ stadium.
The plans were announced Wednesday for events leading up to the July 16 game at Citi Field in New York. Mayor Michael Bloomberg was joined by Mets star David Wright and ex-Mets Edgardo Alfonzo and Mookie Wilson.