There were no signs of outward frustration. No slamming of his helmet or smashing of his bats. There was only one flip answer regarding the health of a shoulder he insists is fine before he expanded on what a three-game sweep at the hands of the New York Yankees meant for his first-place team.

Ryan Zimmerman is struggling. He finished Sunday hitting closer to the Mendoza line than his career average. He's hit just one home run in each month thus far. And in the Nationals' sweep-clinching 4-1 loss to the Yankees, he was 0 for 4.

"Only thing that really concerns me," said Washington manager Davey Johnson, "is we've got to get Zim going. Need to get Zim in a happy place."